The 15th Annual Smithsonian Photo Contest

The 15th Annual Photo Contest is now closed. Look for our finalist announcement in spring 2018 and enjoy our archives in the meantime! Thank you for being part of our photo community.

Some featured entries, editor’s pick and photos of the day:

Caddy Camper in the Mojave Desert
by David Evans
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Fantasia
by Yen Sin Wong
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Downstairs
by Klaus Lenzen
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This is in the middle of nowhere, an unknown pond, a duck that I can’t tell which kind, but at one moment, they all become alive, beautifully alive, the fog and sunshine paint this little scene with golden colours.
by Victor Liu
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Elephant seal pup gets struck by a wave on South Georgia
by Anthony Smith
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From Above
by Jassen Todorov
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Mirage
by Tien Sang Kok
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Evening light on the Indian Himalayas
by Dipanjan Mitra
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Untitled
by Adrian Galle
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The 15th Annual Smithsonian Photo Contest
more at Smithsonian Mag

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Black and White

35 best photographers | Black and White | Best of 35photo 2017

Alla Sokolova
Когда деревья были большими
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Alla Sokolova
Диалог
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Genadi Dochev
Wildlife
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Genadi Dochev
Silence
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Yajun.hu
City light
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Yajun.hu
jump
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Endegor
Balcony Dance
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Endegor
Дегустация
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Best photographers and photos of site 35photo 2017
more Black and White photography at 35photo

Cambiamenti Climatici: Realta’ E Finzione

Cambiamenti Climatici: Realta’ E Finzione | Redazionale Foto Daisy Gilardini

Iceberg nel lago glaciale Jökulsárlón all’alba – Islanda
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Un orso polare annusa l’aria per cercare di sentire l’odore delle foche. Svalbard, Norvegia
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Pinguini reali sulla spiaggia Volunteer Point, Isole Falkland
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Riflessi ghiacciati
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Cucciolo di foca della sella Isole della Maddalena, Canada
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La risata – Foca di Weddell Isola Half Moon, Antartide
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Cambiamenti Climatici: Realta’ E Finzione | Redazionale Foto Daisy Gilardini
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Outdoor Photographer of the Year 2017

Outdoor Photographer Of The Year Competition Category Winners Revealed

View from Above
Tom Sweetman (United Kingdom)
Chiang Mai, Thailand
It was just before sunset in Chiang Mai and I decided to ride my scooter alongside the famous Ping River. As I was approaching a bridge I stopped to take a break and noticed that it was a motorbike bridge for locals, connecting two villages. I took this aerial photograph with my drone to document the incredible patterns in the river and the locals crossing the bridge on their scooters. Some days you just capture the moment.
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Light on the Land
Simon Baxter
North Yorkshire, England (United Kingdom)
I originally captured a similar scene to this during a flurry of unexpected snow in April 2016. It’s typically the first spot I come to when exploring this private woodland, and I couldn’t help but capture it again when I was treated to these wonderful – but rare – conditions of mist with a hint of warm light as the morning sun tried to break through. The combination of the damp cobwebs, fallen birch, dominant old pine and the soft light filling this atmospheric and shallow valley makes it a favourite spot of mine for solitude.
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Wildlife Insight
Jose Fragozo (Portugal)
Nairobi National Park, Kenya
This image shows two giraffes and three impalas in the rain in the forest region of Nairobi National Park, Kenya, which is also home to the Athi lion pride. I have observed these lions hunting many times in the rain, which possibly explains why different species of preyed animals stay together; it’s a defence mechanism, so they can collectively sense predators better. In this case, however, the lions were far away. The photo was taken from inside a 4×4 vehicle, and the major challenge was keeping the camera and lens dry.
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Spirit of Travel
Andy Holliman (United Kingdom)
Kangerlussuaq airport, Greenland.
Kangerlussuaq airport is the largest airport in Greenland, so it is not only a busy hub for domestic flights, but also the main arrival point for international travellers. Air Greenland has a near monopoly on flights, so almost everything is in the company’s bright red colours. It was the simple colour palette of this scene that appealed to me, including the signposts that are apparently directing the planes to their destinations. My departure had been delayed by three days due to bad weather on the coast, so seeing the arrival of the plane that would return me to Copenhagen was welcome. It may not look that way, but the end of winter was near and within weeks the snow would have cleared.
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Under Exposed
Saeed Rashid (United Kingdom)
Sohal surgeonfish, Fury Shoals, Red Sea, Egypt
In the summer months, sohal surgeonfish tend to mate and lay eggs on the top of the reefs in the Red Sea. They fiercely defend their egg patch and rush upon anything that invades that area. They will often swipe their tail, which has a bony protrusion sticking from it that can be as sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel, towards the intruder. Because of this you need to make sure you don’t get too close as a photographer’s hands make a very easy target and often get cut.
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Outdoor Photographer Of The Year Competition Category Winners
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Photography Tip: Shoot At Least Fifty Shots A Day

ViewBug community member geoffcoleimages has one of the most interesting bios you have ever read. He is a photographer, a preacher and a coroner… and his full bio goes on: “I have been a soldier and an ice cream man, a taxi driver, a lab technician, a warehouse worker, a burger flipper, a hypnotist, a carpenter, a teacher, a ditch digger, a restitution officer, an assembly line worker, a probation officer, a pizza delivery man, a court interpreter, a marriage counselor, and a seller of automobiles, furniture and insurance. I am not done living.”

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Photography Tip: Shoot At Least Fifty Shots A Day
more at viewbug

Australian photographer of the year award winners – in pictures

The winners of Australian Photography magazine’s Australian photographer of the year awards, the largest amateur photography competition in the southern hemisphere.

Kristyn Taylor’s portfolio was the result of an extraordinary month-long trip to the Ladakh region in northern India in April 2017. Here, a shepherd leads his camel while framed by a mountain peak. Part of the winning portfolio in the travel category.
Photograph: Kristyn Taylor/Australian Photography
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Canberra teenager Nikolay Miroshnichenko started taking photos in 2015. He says his portfolio, which won the junior (under 18) category, is his way of showing the demons young people face.
Photograph: Nikolay Miroshnichenko/Australian Photography
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Jordan Robins, 24, from Jervis Bay took out the overall award of photographer of the year with a series of wildlife images captured at the Great Barrier Reef.
Photograph: Jordan Robins/Australian Photography
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Surfers line up for the perfect wave in Timothy Moon’s photo of the year-winning image captured at his local beach in Sydney.
Photograph: Timothy Moon/Australian Photography
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New Zealand’s North Island was the subject of Tim Fan’s portfolio, which won the landscape category. Pictured here are New Plymouth’s Three Sisters.
Photograph: Tim Fan/Australian Photography
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Australian photographer of the year award winners – in pictures
more at The Guardian

The End Of 2017: Top Uploads You Cannot Miss

Thank you to all the photographers that shared their best photos from last month in the Image Of The Month Photo Contest Vol 28 with chances to win Photographer of the month and more!

“Hello Winter ” by annegeier
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“Wild horses” by Fotostyle-Schindler
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“The Eyes Tell the Story ” by anitarossview
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“untitled” by chasemarty
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“Stalking” by Hcheek1415
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“Under Cover…” by Lichthart
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“Defiant of Time” by martijnvdnat
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The End Of 2017: Top Uploads You Cannot Miss
more at viewbug