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We Need Your Help: Send Us Your Family Portrait

National Geographic is working on a story about the changing face of America. The most recent census showed that the number of Americans who consider themselves multiracial grew faster than those who self-identify as a single race. Nine million Americans reported being more than one race.

Does your family reflect this changing picture? If so, your family portrait could be made by world-famous photographer Martin Schoeller for the upcoming story in National Geographic Magazine. If your family is chosen, we will send Schoeller to your family or your family to him.

We are looking for a three-generation family (children, parents, and grandparents) with multiracial or ethnic members to photograph. More than three races or ethnicities should be represented.

To be considered, please send us a photo (or photos) of your family with faces clearly visible, along with a description of members’ ethnic/racial breakdown. We’ll also need your contact information (email and phone number) and where in the U.S. your family members are located.

Please send photographs and information in a single email to by Thursday, February 28.

Dan Gilgoff is the director of National Geographic News.
  • alan larsen sion

    my family is a half danish and a half chinesse and arrive to sudamerica in the early 1900,

  • Deanna Reinhorn

    We have a multi-racial family of seven and enjoy each other’s differences through all the daily struggles and conflicts that may arise. If our family experience(s) can be of help please contact me by e-mail. Deanna Reinhorn

  • colleen

    wouldn’t it be better to stick to the word multi-ethnic and not use the word race at all?

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