is holding its first-ever photo contest
, open to all adult non-professional photographers to submit entries in five categories. (Professionals may want to see about freelance opportunities here
.) I find it particularly nice that there is no entry fee, and no citizenship requirements. For inspiration you may want to browse a gallery of Smithsonian freelance photographers
or view the beautiful (and seasonally appropriate) Ghost Towns by Night Light
and pick up a few tips on night photography
from the photographer.
The Smithsonian offers an online sampling of its Collection of Aeronautic Sheet Music
. From the introduction: "...widespread fascination with flight has inspired an enormous output of historical drawings, paintings, advertisements and illustrations for publications. Some of the most colorful illustrations are those which adorn sheet music. In the Bella Landauer collection, you can find illustrations that range from the bizarre to the commonplace, from the humorous to the mundane. But most are colorful and interesting."
The collection is divided into categories such as "Ballooning", "Biplanes", and "Flying Machines". I love this one
from 1914, called "A Hundred Years From Now".