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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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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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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Pregnant

Winners and finalists from “Pregnant”, a 35awards’ competition

Вера Ливчак, Russia, Ялта
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Балерина
Легкий и грациозный образ беременной женщины
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девушка и лошадь
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Cocoon by Анастасия Бусова
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Anna 2
by Evgeny Loza
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Pregnant
more at 35awards

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This dreamy Arctic scene won National Geographic’s Travel Photo Contest

Meet the photographer behind the grand prize—winning photo and learn how it was taken.

On a stormy spring day, crisp winds blew across the snowy peaks outside Upernavik, Greenland. Locals considered the balmy -30°C temperature a warm March evening, so they scampered to run errands under the setting sun. Photographer Weimin Chu had settled on a slope near the airport with views of colorful homes below.

Hoping to photograph a person strolling or children playing in the landscape, he was excited to see a small family making their way under the streetlights instead. Working with precision in the low light, he captured the image he had envisioned—and the grand prize of the 2019 National Geographic Travel Photo Contest.
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Photographer Weimin Chu describes the “wow moment” that led to his stunning image.
more by Sarah Polger at National Geographic

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A Postcard Picture

“In this contest I would like to see your photos which look like the type of image shown on picture postcards found all over the world in souvenir shops. The photo can be taken in any location, but should look like a photo on a postcard.”

Lake and Mountains.
by Chris O’Hara
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El Xarco.
by Felipe Tomás Jiménez Ordóñez
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A last minute plan
by Nate Cutler
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Grand Teton Sunrise
by Mary Hulett
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Emerald Lake
by Dave Feaster
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A Postcard Picture
more at Photocrowd

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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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