Natural World; Travel; People; The American Experience; Altered Images; Mobile

Winners & Finalists of Our 17th Annual Photo Contest Will Be Announced This Spring
The categories are:
Natural World: Animals, plants and landscapes; geological or climatological features; and scientific processes and endeavors.
Travel: Locales, peoples or activities in the United States and abroad that convey a sense of place.
People: Portraits and photos of groups or individuals.
The American Experience: Events, objects or activities connecting the American people to their history or their cultural heritage; photographs that tell us what it means to be an American and provide a sense of what it is like to live in this country.
Altered Images: Photographs manipulated for artistic purposes by applying digital and/or traditional special effects.
Mobile: Any photograph taken with a mobile device (phone or tablet).

Lazy Days
A wall in the harbor, summer feeling and a beautiful teen completing the frame. I love those lazy days where everything you do is walk and get the sun on your face. Summer memories (O Vicedo, Spain)
by Bego Amare
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Cave Fishing
Father and son catch fish inside a cave in south Vietnam during the monsoon season.
by Duangmon C
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Happy New Year
It is never easy to secure the best spot for New Year’s Eve fireworks in London. I arrived at least 5 hours earlier to get a nice spot to enjoy the fireworks, but my view was blocked by the selfie stick, which looked even higher than London Eye!
by Bertha Wang
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Typhoon Disaster
In 2018, the typhoon in Hong Kong caused the glass windows of the building to be broken, and the workers repaired them afterwards.
by Tsui Piu
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We’re Not in Kansas Anymore
My daughter Chloe climbed atop a boulder at a Walker Canyon trailhead. She is admiring the poppy-covered hills in Lake Elsinore, witnessing her first California super bloom.
by Starla Little
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Esteiro
Esteiro is a top beach for surf lovers. In northwest Spain, the place gets amazing with sunset light, as the light hits the water in contrast with the dangerous rocks. The place is not very crowded as it is often windy and cold. That is the reason why surfers and local people love it, same as me.
by Bego Amare
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Winners & Finalists of Our 17th Annual Photo Contest Will Be Announced This Spring
more at Smithsonian Magazine

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BigPicture

Winners from the 2019 BigPicture Natural World Photography Competition

Grand Prize
Black Grouse Showing Off by Audun Rikardsen
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Aquatic Life
Sea Dragon by Pier Mane
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Art of Nature
Clouds of Salt by Chiara Salvadori
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Landscapes, Waterscapes, and Flora
Duality by Armand Sarlangue
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Human/Nature
The Human Touch by James Gifford
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Winners from the 2019 BigPicture Natural World Photography Competition
more at bigpicturecompetition.org

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Announcing the Winners of Smithsonian’s 16th Annual Photo Contest!

“We are excited to announce the winners and finalists of the 16th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest. The images below were selected from more than 48,000 entries submitted by photographers hailing from 207 countries and territories. From Rory Doyle’s Grand Prize-winning shot of a newborn cowboy in the Mississippi Delta to Daniel Garay’s image of a deconstructed Arc de Triomphe, they capture moments in time for Smithsonian.com readers around the globe.”

Travel Winner
Spring Snow
A spring snow in Moscow. By Denis Karasev
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The American Experience Winner
The Painful Aftermath
A little over a month after fires ripped through Santa Rosa, California in 2017, the long and painful process of rebuilding began. Many people didn’t survive the horrendous fires in northern California, and thousands lost their homes. Aerial image (photographed from a plane). By Jassen Todorov
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Grand Prize Winner
Newest Cowboy in Town
Newborn Jestin is welcomed by his father Jessie at his home in Cleveland, Mississippi. By Rory Doyle
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Readers’ Choice
Giddyup, Partner
A lava lizard hitches a ride atop a marine iguana on Fernandina Island, Galápagos. Witnessing the mutualistic relationship between the two reptiles was truly magical! By Carla Rhodes
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Natural World Winner
Red-Fronted Lemur
A red-fronted lemur in Kirindy Mitea National Park, Madagascar. By Anuroop Krishnan
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Announcing the Winners of Smithsonian’s 16th Annual Photo Contest!
more at Smithsonian Mag

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Natural World, Travel, People…

Some “Featured Entries” and “Editors’ Pick” from the 16th Annual Photo Contest.
The finalists will be announced in Spring 2019.

Giddy Up, Partner
A lava lizard hitches a ride atop a marine iguana on Fernandina Island, Galapagos.
by Carla Rhodes
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Inside the balloon
A man was checking the balloon before taking off in a festival in Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam
by Trung Pham
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High Tension
Telephoto shot of high tension wires in suburban Melbourne, near Jells Park. I really liked the symmetry and the abundance of geometry in this frame and decided to compress the space as much as possible by using a telephoto lens. Also the fog and the backlighting added a bit to the atmosphere.
by Peter Virag
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Emperor Penguins in Antarctica
Emperor penguins live in the ocean, but every April they move to the sea ice 70 miles away from the coast to prepare their breeding cycles for 8 months.
by Lina Wong
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Outlook
Seen in Honolulu
by Klaus Lenzen
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The 15th Annual Smithsonian Photo Contest

The 15th Annual Photo Contest is now closed. Look for our finalist announcement in spring 2018 and enjoy our archives in the meantime! Thank you for being part of our photo community.

Some featured entries, editor’s pick and photos of the day:

Caddy Camper in the Mojave Desert
by David Evans
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Fantasia
by Yen Sin Wong
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Downstairs
by Klaus Lenzen
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This is in the middle of nowhere, an unknown pond, a duck that I can’t tell which kind, but at one moment, they all become alive, beautifully alive, the fog and sunshine paint this little scene with golden colours.
by Victor Liu
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Elephant seal pup gets struck by a wave on South Georgia
by Anthony Smith
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From Above
by Jassen Todorov
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Mirage
by Tien Sang Kok
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Evening light on the Indian Himalayas
by Dipanjan Mitra
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Untitled
by Adrian Galle
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The 15th Annual Smithsonian Photo Contest
more at Smithsonian Mag