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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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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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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