Travel, People, Natural World …

Some “Featured Entries” and “Editors’ Pick” from the Smithsonian’s 17th Annual Photo Contest

The Solitary Tree of Lake Wanaka
The iconic solitary tree at Lake Wanaka, South Island (NZ). A picture of inanimate stoical quality that’s awe-inspiring. I hope this amazing tree survives the onslaught of attention from being famous, so may future generations can enjoy this natural landmark.
by Jensen Chua
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Cowboy by Denis Karasev
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Rush Hour in Ho Chi Minh City
Got stuck in a traffic jam at one intersection in Ho Chi Minh City, normally it is after working time about 5pm to 7pm. So many motorbikes with several vehicles, but no higher overpass are reasons that make traffic jams in this city.
by Huynh Thanh Huy
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Stepping Out of the Shadows
A woman carrying a striped black and white umbrella passes some gates.
by Laurence Bouchard
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Unreal
Thousands of Volkswagen and Audi cars sit idle in the middle of California’s Mojave Desert. Models manufactured from 2009 to 2015 were designed to cheat emissions tests mandated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Following the scandal, Volkswagen recalled millions of cars. Aerial image (photographed from a plane).
by Jassen Todorov
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more at Smithsonian Mag

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Celebrating close-up, macro & micro photography

Close-up Photographer of the Year (CUPOTY) is a celebration of close-up, macro and micro photography – an annual competition created to showcase images that help us see the world anew.
But its scope is far greater than that.
Its ultimate aim is to encourage you to slow down, enjoy the craft of photography, and to make connections with others who are equally passionate about the world up close.

Henri Koskinen | Seeds on Stage
Plants & Fungi Winner
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Emanuele Biggi | Namib’s Gaze
Close-up Photographer of the Year
Overall winner & Animals winner
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Hal Gage | Starburst Mud
Intimate Landscape Winner
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Marek Miś | Sugar and Salt Mixture Crystals
Micro Winner
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Celebrating close-up, macro & micro photography
more at cupoty

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Doors

I would like to see your photos of doors. The image can include doors made of any material such as wood, metal and glass. They could be close-ups of doors or a wider view, but photos must have the door as the focus. Entries can be in black and white or colour.

Rua de Santa Maria, Fuchal – chicken door
by Peter Samwell
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A gust of wind
by Lotte Grønkjær
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To the Cloisters
by Volantes
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Number 9
by Ange
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Mr. Locksmith
by Bogdan Zarkowski
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Doors
more at photocrowd

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Light and Lens: Photography in the Digital Age

Fully updated, it clearly and concisely covers the fundamental concepts of imagemaking, how to use digital technology to create compelling images, and how to output and preserve images in the digital world. Exploring history, methods, and theory, this text offers classroom-tested assignments and exercises from leading photographic educators, approaches for analyzing, discussing, and writing about photographs, and tools to critically explore and make images with increased visual literacy.
Author: Robert Hirsch

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Light and Lens: Photography in the Digital Age
Robert Hirsch with Greg Erf
ISBN: 1138213020, 1138944394

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Escalante and the Grand Staircase

Southern Utah’s Grand Staircase, situated in Escalante National Monument, boasts more than 3,000 square miles of sun-drenched backcountry, colorful sandstone cliffs, hoodoos, slickrock, narrow slot canyons, scenic washes and ancient petroglyphs. But to see many of these fascinating locations you must lace up your hiking boots and traverse the trails and washes to find these hidden treasures. Although considered a bit more strenuous than some of our workshops, participants will reap the reward of their efforts. Awaiting your arrival at the end of the trails will be the spectacular sights of Hell’s Backbone, Hole-in-the-Rock Road, and the Burr Trail. Each twist and turn will reveal yet another unique canyon, plateau or mountain vista.

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Escalante and the Grand Staircase
more at Arizona Highways PhotoScapes

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Night Landscapes

35awards — a major international award created in 2015 by the creators of the professional photo community 35photo.pro. In the first year, 36 thousand people from 110 countries took part in it. In 2016, more than 76 thousand. Every year count of participants increases. In 2017, more than 103 thousand people from 160 countries took part in the competition. More than 257 thousand photos were submitted for the competition.

Rok Stirn
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Hernando Alonso Rivera Cervantes
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John Vermette
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Hugo Valle Perez
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Trashin Alexander
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Night Landscapes | Best Photos in Nomination
more at 35awards

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