Winning Smithsonian contest photos

Smithsonian magazine has announced the winners of its 12th annual photo contest. Photographers from 93 different countries entered, with over 26,500 photographs submitted into the categories of The Natural World, Travel, People, Americana, Altered Images, Mobile and Readers’ Choice.


Grand Prize Winner. Two women of a small village in Vietnam lost in the fabric of a fishing net. Vinh Hy bay, Ninh Thuan, Vietnam. Photographed by Pham Ty.


Winner of the Natural World category. A green iguana surfaces for air in a sea cave off the island of Bonaire in the Dutch Caribbean. Photographed by Lorenzo Mittiga.


Winner of the Travel category. Fireworks shower onlookers during Holy Week celebrations in Acobamba, Tarma, Peru. Photographed by David Martín Huamaní Bedoya.


Winner of the People category. A mother plays with her child in a flooded room, near the Ganges River, in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. Photographed by Joydeep Mukherjee.
 


Winner of the Americana category. Near the end of his second term, US President Barack Obama glances out the Oval Office window. A portrait of President Abraham Lincoln is visible through another window of the White House. Photographed by Oliver Douliery.

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Winner of the Altered Images category. A lonely house built for fishermen stands in the middle of the sea. Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia. Photographed by Jefflin Ling.
 


Winner of the Mobile category. The National Library of China in Beijing. Photographer Yilang Peng.
 


Readers’ Choice category No. 1. A snake engulfs an unlucky frog near the Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica. Photographed by Nicolas Reusens.

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Readers’ Choice category No. 2. At Selva Verde Lodge, Sarapiqui, Costa Rica, this caracolera snake is harmless but very restless, making photographing it a challenge. Photographed by Alvaro Cu.
 


A finalist in the People category. Onno, a teenage girl from the Arbore tribe in Ommo Valley, Ethiopia. Photographed by Matjaz Krivic.
 


A finalist in the Natural World category. Light refracts through the curves of a breaking wave, New South Wales, Australia. Photographed by Ray Collins.
 


A finalist in the People category. An albino child attends an exhibition about albinos at the Ethnology Museum of Valencia. Photographed by Ana Yturralde.

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A finalist in the Travel category. Looking down at a wheat field from a hot air balloon in Bagan, Myanmar. Photographed by by Sesh Kumar Sareday.
 


A finalist in the Natural World category. Grizzly bear walking in an estuary in Lake Clark National Park, Alaska. Photographed by Kevin Morgans.

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