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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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!
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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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Trees

Trees from the Smithsonian Photo Contest 2018

A day in the Japanese Gardens in Portland, OR
by Craig Bill
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A Tree Dreaming
by Christian Spencer
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Foggy morning on the lake.
by Robert Graham
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Swamp lands deep inside the Florida Everglades.
by Clane Gessel
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Surreal winter lollipops
by Matas Jūras
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Zion “Shoe Tree.” Zion National Park, Utah
by Kent LeFevre
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Trees from the Smithsonian Photo Contest 2018
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Travel Photography | Editors’ Pick

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.

Soldiers on the Wall of Xian
A young boy looks on as ancient Chinese soldiers march past to defend the wall of Xian
by Brian Aldridge
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Collecting lily flower.
During the floating season on Mekong delta every year from August to November,wild water lily grow every where in the rice field now covered by water. They become a traditional food for people living in this region and processed into special dishes such as salad,sour soup with fish…
by Nhiem Hoang
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Full Moon and Sea Smoke over Lake Superior
As the full moon rose over Lake Superior on a subzero evening, it illuminated the sea smoke and clouds, painting a dramatic, surreal scene. Subzero air temperatures and the comparatively warmer open water of Lake Superior can combine to create sea smoke due to evaporative cooling. The air temperature was well below zero degrees Fahrenheit during this shoot. It was mesmerizing to watch the sea smoke gracefully glide and swirl across the surface of the lake, and be whisked over the pier wall by the gentle, bitter breeze.
by Dawn LaPointe
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A tree in need of water sits in a sand dune in Namibia
by Lawrence Smith
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Sunrise over the Pyramids of Giza, Cairo, Egypt
by Jarrod Castaing
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Imagine flying in a hot air balloon in the high arctic – above polar bears and looking out onto magnificent landscapes. This has rarely been done and I was lucky enough to try it and photograph others doing it!
by Michelle Valberg
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Travel Photography | Editors’ Pick
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Abandoned

What does an award-winning photograph look like? It can range from an captivating portrait of a family member to a moon-drenched landscape to movement captured at just the right time. Our 16th Annual Photo Contest is now open for submissions, and we’re looking for the best of the best.

Abandoned Beauty
by Daniele Giddens
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Abandoned pick up truck watching traffic
by C M Burt
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America’s First Subway
by Justin Hamel
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Lost dreams on the Gulf Coast. A shrimp boat from Hurricane Katrina still stands tall even though it’s been left behind.
by Todd Lambert
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Crystal Mill
by Erik Johnson
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Winners and finalists of the 15th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest

We are excited to announce the winners and finalists of the 15th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest, selected from 48,000 submissions submitted by photographers in 155 countries and territories. From Thong Huu’s Grand-Prize-winning capture of a weekly market in Vietnam to Dan Fenstermacher’s action shot of wrestlers in San Jose, California, these images stood out to our photo editors as the most unique and memorable. Sara Jacoby’s image “Rare” received the highest percentage of more than 38,000 reader votes, earning her the Readers’ Choice award. Congratulations to all!

Breakfast at the Weekly Market by Thong Huu
In northern Vietnam, people come to the weekly market to exchange goods and culture. They usually wake up very early to go to market and have breakfast here.
This photo is the Grand Prize winner
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Rare by Sara Jacoby
This is Maggie. She has two rare chromosome duplications, one of which she’s the only child on record to have. This photo captures not only her vulnerability, but also the magnitude of the science for which we are so grateful. A little girl and her “Gigi” already way too familiar with hospitals and doctors offices than any child should be.
This photo is the Readers’ Choice winner
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Shadow Highlight by Mohammad Mohsenifar
A couple of ladies are passing in front of graffiti.
This photo won the Mobile category
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Rain by Seyed Mohammad Sadegh Hosseini
Niloofar is an Iranian nomad girl living in the Babanajm nomad region south of Shiraz city in Fars Province, Iran.
This photo won the People category
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Pinnacle of Existence by Oreon Strusinski
Energy travels hundreds of miles across the ocean and comes to a dramatic end when it reaches our shores.
This photo won the Natural World category
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Stairs by Adam Żądło
There are not many other animals as productive as sheep. They give us wool, milk, meat. Their memoirs are usually short. The pool of names is repeated every two years on our farm. We have already had two Queens, three Theos and four Fables.
This photo won the Altered Images category
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Backflip Submission by Dan Fenstermacher
A wrestler does a backflip off the ropes of a wrestling ring in an attempt to defeat an opponent.
This photo won the American Experience category
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Making Incense by Tran Tuan Viet
Decoratively dyed bundles of incense dry in Quang Phu Cau, a commune in Hanoi, Vietnam. In Buddhist countries like Vietnam, incense is an irreplaceable part of traditional festivals and religious ceremonies.
This photo won the Travel category
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The Window by Salvador Colvée Nebot
During my stay at a Costa Rican hotel, I noticed that red-eyed tree frogs flooded the gardens. As I approached this frog, it climbed into one of the holes in a leaf, as if it were sticking out a window.
This photo is a finalist in the Natural World category
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Winners and finalists of the 15th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
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