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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Smithsonian magazine and Smithsonian.com place a Smithsonian lens on the world, looking at the topics and subject matters researched, studied and exhibited by the Smithsonian Institution — science, history, art, popular culture and innovation — and chronicling them every day for our diverse readership.

more at Smithsonian Mag

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The Sea has Stories

Grab a cup of coffee or a glass of red and cosy up with the Winter issue of White Horses. Issue 29 opens with a stunning image by Paul Smith of Nic Brewer at Noosa, and flows into the rich collection of stories and photos that has made White Horses so treasured.

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The Sea has Stories
White Horses | Issue Twenty Nine

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The Art of Posing: Techniques for Digital Portrait Photographers

Posing for portraits is an art that takes skill and experience. It is also a challenge that requires tact, a keen sense of composition and excellent shutter-button reflexes. Achieving the goal of successful portrait photography, whether head and shoulders images or full-length shots, requires an extensive knowledge of how the body works as well the ability to relax a sitter. Added to this is knowledge of how camera optics (lens distortion, camera height and lighting) can make or break a successful shoot.

Techniques and images from:
Julia Greer; Marissa Boucher; Carolyn Wright; Elizabeth Etienne; Melanie Litchfield; Sara Brennen-Harrell; Ron Jacobson; Todd Joyce; Larry Peters; Dan Hefer; Angela Stott.

Appreciate the majesty of nature; delve into awe-inspiring landscapes, scenes, and urban moments; view scenes of people and cultures from around the world.

Nature, Cities, People. Winners Galleries from National Geographic Travel Photo Contest

First Place, People
Showtime by Huaifeng Li
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First Place, Nature
Tender eyes by Tamara Blazquez Haik
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Second Place, Cities
In the age of aviation by Jassen Todorov
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Honorable Mention, People
Mood by Navin Vatsa
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Third Place, Nature
Dusky dolphins by Scott Portelli
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Nature, Cities, People
Winners Galleries

more at National Geographic

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Street Scene

Henri Cartier-Bresson, credited as a pioneer in street photography, gave us the concept of the “decisive moment” in image making. Of his transition as an artist from painting to photography, he said, “I suddenly understood that a photograph could fix eternity in an instant.”
For our Street Scene 2019 Photo Contest, we want to see your best photographs that capture a candid moment, an interaction of people, places, forms and light that tell a unique story.

Morning cup
by Dennis Stroh
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Striped life
by Q-lieb In
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The Rain Waiter
by T.Nolan
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Avid Reader
by Thomas Barrat
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street musician
by Brut Carniollus
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Street Scene 2019 Photo Contest
more at Digital Photo

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Searching for an authentic picture of the world’s most secretive nation: North Korea

The entire country of DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) is shrouded in myth and secrecy making it one of the most mysterious places in the world. Not many outsiders get a chance to visit North Korea. For those who make it inside North Korea’s borders, photography is highly restricted and controlled. I traveled across the country hoping to pierce this secretive country’s mysterious shroud searching for what lies behind the rhetoric and what life is really like.
Author: Tariq Zaidi

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Searching for an authentic picture of the world’s most secretive nation: North Korea
more at Sienna International Photo Awards

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Modes of transport

Transport is largely seen as something practical and often gets overlooked for its aesthetic qualities. But boats, cars, trains, planes, and more, can be visually outstanding in their own right; from the engineering to the strategy that goes into their operation – not to mention the natural beauty of the environments they travel through.

Travel by bicycle
by Mario Gustavo Fiorucci
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Boy on the back of the bicycle
by Tom Franklin de Waart
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Hot Pursuit
by Marco Tagliarino
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Diamond Lake
by Dmitry Skvortsov
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Together till the last lights of the day
by Marco Tagliarino
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Modes of transport
more at photocrowd

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