Northern Norway

Northern Norway by Paul Burnett

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Reine, Lofoten
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Hamnoy, Lofoten
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Northern Norway by Paul Burnett
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Travel Photography | Editors’ Pick

Smithsonian magazine and 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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Town and Country

If you like cityscapes or landscapes then this round is for you. The brief is purposefully loose, and we are happy to receive images featuring anything from contemporary architecture to grand, mountainous vistas. From the early morning sun throwing shadows onto a skyscraper, to the undulating form of hills receding into the distance, the possibilities are endless. Don’t be afraid to be abstract in your interpretation: architecture, for instance, is full of curves, lines and other interesting details. When it comes to shooting the landscape, light is everything – so pay attention to sunrise and sunset times, the weather forecast and tide timetables, where appropriate. Whether you go urban or rural, planning is a must.

Red Dawn by Rob Amsbury
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Fishing village at night by Michael Epel
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Getting “Lost” by Joe Baumann
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Karst Mountains by Tom de Waart
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Morning Moon by Julia Martin
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Town and Country
Part of Amateur Photographer of the Year 2018
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Green Gibraltar

Single entry award winners from the “Green Gibraltar” special award.
International Garden Photographer of the Year Competition 12

Ernest Martinez – 1st Place
‘Passage to the Mediterranean Steps’
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Gerry Fagan – 2nd Place
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Monica McMahon – 3rd Place
‘Early Morning Dew on White Narcissus’
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Ernest Martinez – Finalist
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Alexander Sanchez Soiza – Commended
‘A Measure of Tranquillity’
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Green Gibraltar
more at International Garden Photographer of the Year

My Whole World Stands in Front of Me…

We are fine art photographers based in southern Poland, favouring Land/Seascape and Long Exposure Photography.
Iza i Darek Mitręga
Bonnie and Clyde

My Whole World Stands in Front of Me…
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The Miracle of Midsummer
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Autumn Time
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If You Forget Me…
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more by Iza i Darek Mitręga
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How to Create a Successful Travel Blog

Who doesn’t wish they could be a travel blogger? Just imagine traveling to the most beautiful parts of the world as your job. Dreamy. One thing travel bloggers have in common is that they make it look easy. Spoiler: It’s not. Just ask Rachel Rudwall, Emmy-nominated on-camera host, producer, camera operator, speaker, writer, photographer, and travel blogger. We caught up with her to get the inside scoop behind her hugely successful blog and Instagram @RachelRoams.

What advice would you give your former self or an aspiring travel blogger?
It’s going to take a long time to establish yourself as an expert who’s worthy of a paycheck, so be prepared to invest both time and funds into building your dream career. If it’s what you truly love, it’ll be worth it every step of the way.
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How to Create a Successful Travel Blog: An Interview with Rachel Roams
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Wild Exposures

Witness nature at its most dramatic, graceful and unexpected with this stunning collection of breathtaking photographs celebrating the natural heritage of the bioregions of Australia and New Zealand, the Antarctic and New Guinea.
This year’s Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year exhibition showcases the timing, patience, artistry and technique of professional, emerging and junior photographers as they capture spectacular moments in time.

Broken Dreams
Runner-up, Landscape
Broken Dreams was from one of my most rewarding but confronting shoots. After the Sampson Flat bushfires swept through the northern Adelaide Hills, I spent a lot of time shooting the aftermath and rebirth during the following year. This particular early morning shoot brought with it fog and an amazing mood.
Gumeracha, South Australia
Sony A7R, Sony 55mm, 1/5, f/10, ISO 100, tripod
by Ben Goode
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Hide and seek
Overall Winner
I travelled to Raja Ampat mainly to visit the stunning Arborek Jetty. If you are really lucky you can observe schools of fish and I spent some time under the jetty. At one point, predators moved in and I was mesmerised by the chase between predator and prey.
Arborek Jetty, Raja Ampat, Indonesia
Nikon D3S, Nikon 16mm, 1/250, f/4.5, ISO 250, Ikelite 161 strobe, Seacam housing
by Tracey Jennings
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Posing Black-fronted Dotterels
Winner, Animal Behaviour
Black-fronted dotterel
Elseyornis melanops
These two black-fronted dotterels seemed to want to pose for me, but I think they might have had something else in mind.
Charleville, Queensland
Nikon D800, Nikon 500mm f/4.0 with 1.4 converter, 1/400, f/5.6, ISO 500, tripod
by Dan Giselsson
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Winner, Animal Habitat and Portfolio Prize
White’s seahorse
Hippocampus whitei
Low evening sunlight backlights White’s seahorse. Many of this species can be found living on the shallow shark nets beneath the boardwalk in Mosman, Sydney Harbour.
Mosman, New South Wales
Nikon D810, Nikkor 8–15mm F3.5–4.5 E ED, 1/125, f/29, ISO 160, two INON Z240 strobes, Aquatica digital water housing and 4-inch glass port
by Matthew Smith
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Junction Falls -After
Winner, Monochrome
In a matter of seconds, Junction Falls went from a trickle to a roaring wall of thundering stormwater on a wet afternoon. I was fortunate to be there to capture the amazing transformation. Shortly after this shot, the embedded log completely disappeared from view.
Junction Falls, Blue Mountains, New South Wales
Canon EOS 1DS Mk III, Canon TS-E 45mm f/2.8, 0.6, f/8, ISO 100, tripod
by Peter Hill
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Wild Exposures

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