The 8 Winners of This Year's Smithsonian Photo Contest Will Completely Blow You Away
After reviewing 48,000 submissions from photographers from around the globe, the photo editors at Smithsonian magazine narrowed its 60 photo contest finalists down to eight well-deserving winners. Contestants had the opportunity to submit their work in the following categories: Natural World, the American Experience, Travel, People, Altered Images, and Mobile. In addition to determining the most unique and memorable photos within these six categories, the 15th annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest also selected a Grand Prize winner and Readers' Choice winner.
If you missed your chance to enter the last one, you can submit your work for consideration for the 16th Annual Photo Contest beginning now through Nov. 30.
Prepare to be stunned by the eight winners ahead, and head over to Smithsonian.com to see all the finalists!
"Shadow Highlight" — Mobile Category Winner
"A couple of ladies are passing in front of graffiti."
"Stairs" — Altered Images Category Winner
"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."
"Rain" — People Category Winner
"Niloofar is an Iranian nomad girl living in the [Baba Najm] nomad region south of Shiraz city in Fars Province, Iran."
“Making Incense” — Travel Category Winner
"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."
“Pinnacle of Existence” — Natural World Category Winner
"Energy travels hundreds of miles across the ocean and comes to a dramatic end when it reaches our shores."
“Backflip Submission” — American Experience Category Winner
"Rare" — Readers Choice' Winner
"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."
“Breakfast at the Weekly Market” — Grand Prize Winner
"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."