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
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Abandoned, trees, travel …

Collections from the Smithsonian’s 2019 Photo Contest

Checking Oil
From my series “The Traveller”. Abandoned gas station
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End of Life
Life cycle of a tree
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The Windmills
The sustainable travel is the one does it looks for a future employment for a local people. The windmills provided an employment to local people and at the same time giving a low electricity rate to the consumer. It represent a sustainable travel since it gave us the sense of responsibility.
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Puerco River at Sunrise
Arizona’s Puerco River, colorful patterns in the clay created by a mostly now-dry river. Taken around sunrise when the shadows are long.
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Flower Boat
After working early in the morning, fishermen in Tam Giang Lagoon pull their boats anchored together. This lagoon located in the beach of Thua Thien – Hue Province, central Vietnam. Depth of the shore is about 50 cm, although along its avarage length there runs a channel 2 m deep. From the aerial perspective, the boats are arranged like the wings of a flower.
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Travel, People, Natural World …

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

Golden Light on Palouse Hills
It was late afternoon and the dust from the farmers working the fields mixed with the golden light to give the hills a soft surreal look.
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End of the Day
The two women carrying the flowers were walking in the sand dunes in Vietnam as the sun was setting.
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Meteora Monasteries
We had been doing a combination of hiking and driving to several different monasteries in Meteora. Monks climbed these precipices centuries ago to escape persecution. It was interesting and also sad to us to think that the monks felt safest on these perilous cliffs. The light was changing as the day neared its end, and I loved the atmosphere in the air.
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Jurassic
An incredible display of light and atmosphere over the Kalalau Valley on Kauai, Hawaii’s oldest main island.
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Tulip Patch
This tulip patch is one of the first patches that bloomed at Fivefork Farms in Upton, Massachusetts during the spring 2018 season.
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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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