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Winners Of The Smithsonian 14th Annual Photo Contest

You voted and Smithsonian.com has announced the winners of their 14th Annual Photo Contest! The contest ran from March 22, 2016 - November 30, 2016 and received over 48,000 submissions from photographers in 146 countries and territories.

Contestants submitted photos to the following seven categories: Natural World, The American Experience, Travel, People, Altered, Mobile, and Sustainable Travel.

Take a look at the winners below!

Grand Prize: Pradeep Raja Kannaiah for “Ramadan Prayers”

©  Pradeep Raja Kannaiah . All rights reserved.

© Pradeep Raja Kannaiah. All rights reserved.

American Experience: Stephanie Foden for “Before the Portrait”

©  Stephanie Foden . All rights reserved.

© Stephanie Foden. All rights reserved.

Natural World: Prelena Soma Owen for “Look Me in the Eye”

©  Prelena Soma Owen . All rights reserved.

© Prelena Soma Owen. All rights reserved.

Travel: Peter Nutkins for “Individual Communication”

©  Peter Nutkins . All rights reserved.

© Peter Nutkins. All rights reserved.

Sustainable Travel: Greta Rybus for “A Man Looks Out the Door”

©  Greta Rybus . All rights reserved.

© Greta Rybus. All rights reserved.

People: João Borges for “Step by Step”

©  João Borges . All rights reserved.

© João Borges. All rights reserved.

Altered Images: Jim Mneymneh for “Improvisation”

©  Jim Mneymneh . All rights reserved.

© Jim Mneymneh. All rights reserved.

Mobile: Alina Rudya for “Surreal”

©  Alina Rudya . All rights reserved.

© Alina Rudya. All rights reserved.

Read more about each photo and the entire contest on Smithsonian.com Photo Contest page

If you have amazing photos that you are interested in submitting, check out more information and how to submit for Smithsonian.com 15th Annual Photo Contest.  

This year's contest will open at 2:00 PM EST on March 28, 2017 and run through November 30, 2017. Please refer to their rules (available upon launch) for more information about the contest, categories, awards and eligibility at www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/rules.


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Smithsonian Magazine Announces 14th Annual Photo Contest Finalists And You Can Vote For The Winner!

Smithsonian Magazine had their 14th Annual Photo Contest ran from March 22 - November 30, 2016. With over 48,000 submissions from photographers in 146 countries and territories to choose from, the judges have narrowed down to 70 finalists that you have the opportunity to vote on to help choose the winners. 

Contestants submitted photos to the following seven categories: Natural World, The American Experience, Travel, People, Altered Images, Mobile, and Sustainable Travel. The Sustainable Travel category is made possible through the support of United Eco-Skies.

Voting for the Readers’ Choice winner will close on Monday, March 27. Voting is limited to one vote per user per day. Click here to vote for the Readers’ Choice winner from among the 70 finalists. The Grand Prize, Readers’ Choice, and seven category winners will be announced on Tuesday, March 28. 

Below we have included photos from 10 finalists for you to check out. And be sure to visit www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/archive/2016/ to vote for your favorites! 

"The Beauty of Tokyo at Night"  Photo Credit: © iam Won. All rights reserved.

"The Beauty of Tokyo at Night" Photo Credit: © iam Won. All rights reserved.

"Improvisation"  Photo Credit: © Jim Mneymne. All rights reserved.

"Improvisation" Photo Credit: © Jim Mneymne. All rights reserved.

"The Hidden Murder"  Photo Credit: © waroop Singha Ro. All rights reserved.

"The Hidden Murder" Photo Credit: © waroop Singha Ro. All rights reserved.

"Morning Call"  Photo Credit: © unarto Gunawa. All rights reserved.

"Morning Call" Photo Credit: © unarto Gunawa. All rights reserved.

"Bestas"  Photo Credit: © vier Arcenilla. All rights reserved.

"Bestas" Photo Credit: © vier Arcenilla. All rights reserved.

"Keel-Billed Toucan"  Photo credit: © Dennis Zaebst. All rights reserved.

"Keel-Billed Toucan" Photo credit: © Dennis Zaebst. All rights reserved.

"Atocha"  Photo credit: © Javier Arcenillas. All rights reserved.

"Atocha" Photo credit: © Javier Arcenillas. All rights reserved.

"Yellow-Flecked Sipo"  Photo credit: © Claire Waring. All rights reserved.

"Yellow-Flecked Sipo" Photo credit: © Claire Waring. All rights reserved.

"Last Dance"  Photo Credit: © my Sack. All rights reserved.

"Last Dance" Photo Credit: © my Sack. All rights reserved.

"Before the Portrait"  Photo Credit: © tephanie Fode. All rights reserved.

"Before the Portrait" Photo Credit: © tephanie Fode. All rights reserved.

See all 70 finalists from Smithsonian.com’s 14th Annual Photo Contest and vote for the Readers’ Choice winner www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/archive/2016.


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Unique Wildlife Photography From Smithsonian's Annual Photo Contest

Wildlife photography is so amazing. Just like no person is exactly the same, the same goes for wildlife. They all have different environments they live in, they have their own unique personalities which in turn makes every single one unique. That is why when photographing wildlife, you never know what you will find or what you will come up with in the end.  

Every year the Smithsonian has their annual photo contest and we wanted to share with you a few unique wildlife photos from the submissions that poured in during their 13th Annual Photo Awards that we saw on the Mother Nature Network. We hope you enjoy these as much as we do! 

"Red Squirrel Appears To Wear Flower As A Hat"

Photo credit: Geert Weggen via Smithsonian.com.

Photo credit: Geert Weggen via Smithsonian.com.

"Catching Fish"

Photo credit: Simone Sbaraglia via Smithsonian.com

Photo credit: Simone Sbaraglia via Smithsonian.com

"Papa's Got a Brand New Bag"

Photo credit: Suzan Meldonian via Smithsonian.com

Photo credit: Suzan Meldonian via Smithsonian.com

"Wildebeest Leap"

Photo credit: Ricardo Cisneros via Smithsonian.com

Photo credit: Ricardo Cisneros via Smithsonian.com

"Mating Red-Eyed Tree Frogs"

Photo credit: Jennifer Guyton via Smithsonian.com

Photo credit: Jennifer Guyton via Smithsonian.com

"Synchronized Fireflies" 

Photo credit: Radim Schreiber via Smithsonian.com

Photo credit: Radim Schreiber via Smithsonian.com

"Leatherback Pair"

Photo credit: Ben Hicks via Smithsonian.com

Photo credit: Ben Hicks via Smithsonian.com

"A Little Monkey on the Cliff"

Photo credit: Hidetoshi Ogata via Smithsonian.com

Photo credit: Hidetoshi Ogata via Smithsonian.com

"The Little Jumping Spider"

Photo credit: Barbara Storms via Smithsonian.com

Photo credit: Barbara Storms via Smithsonian.com

"A King Penguin Feels the Surf Rush"

Photo credit: Beverly Houwing via Smithsonian.com

Photo credit: Beverly Houwing via Smithsonian.com

What amazing wildlife photos these are! If you loved these, here are a few other blog posts that you will enjoy: 


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Smithsonian Magazine Hosts Worldwide Photo Contest

We wanted to make sure that all photographers everywhere know that Smithsonian Magazine is currently accepting entries to its annual worldwide photo contest! The contest opened up for submissions this past March, but the final deadline is November 30, 2015. 

Contestants can submit up to 15 photos to each of the following seven categories:

  • The natural world
  • Travel
  • People
  • The American experience
  • Altered images
  • Mobile photos
  • Sustainable travel

The grand prize is $2,500 and each category winner, as well as the readers' choice winner, will receive $500. The winner in the sustainable travel category will receive two round-trip plane tickets for travel to any place in North America, the Caribbean and Central America. 

Both professional and amateur photographers can enter this contest. For the photo to be eligible for entry, it must have been taken since January 1, 2013. 

For the contest rules, or to enter, visit the Smithsonian Magazine website. Good luck everyone! 

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