Photo credit: Oreon Strusinski
It’s that time again, time for Smithsonian to announce the winners of their 15th Annual Photo Contest, one in which they received over 48,000 entries from photographers residing in 155 countries and territories. Photographer Oreon Strusinski took home the win in the “Natural World Category” with his stunning frozen “Pinnacle of Existence” wave image. “Energy travels hundreds of miles across the ocean and comes to a dramatic end when it reaches our shores,” said the photographer. Continue reading for more.
5. Breakfast at the Weekly Market – Grand Prize Winner
Photo credit: 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.
4. Rare – Reader’s 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.
3. Making Incense – Travel Category Winner
Photo credit: 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.
2. Shadow Highlight – Mobile Category Winner
Photo credit: Mohammad Mohsenifar
A couple of ladies are passing in front of graffiti.
1. Rain – People Category Winner
Photo credit: Seyed Mohammad Sadegh
Niloofar is an Iranian nomad girl living in the Babanajm nomad region south of Shiraz city in Fars Province, Iran.