The 9 winners of the 13th Smithsonian Photo Contest

The 9 winners of the 13th Smithsonian Photo Contest

The Smithsonian recently announced the winners of the 2015 Annual Photo Contest. They received over 46,000 submissions from photographers in 168 territories from around the globe, and 9 of them were the winning pictures. 

The 14th edition of the contest is now open for entries until November 30th, 2016. Go ahead and become the next memorable entry of the Smithsonian contest.

This year winner pictures go from a beautiful landscape with fireflies in the dark woods of Iowa to the explorer bull terrier Claire in Belgium. Here are the winner pictures of the 13th Annual Photo Contest announced last week, with descriptions by their authors. 

Altered Images category: Synchronous Fireflies

Photo by Radim Schreiber of Fairfield, Iowa , United States.
Photo Location: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee, United States.

- I took this photo of fireflies (lightning bugs) in almost complete darkness using the latest low-light camera technology. I was completely surrounded by the fireflies and witnessed one of the most amazing and magical natural phenomena: fireflies that synchronize. Alteration note: I took several long exposures over several minutes and merged them together to preserve detail and clarity. -

Natural World category: A Little Monkey on a Cliff

Photo by Hidetoshi Ogata of Osaka, Japan.
Photo Location: Jigokudani Monkey Park, Nagano, Japan.

- A cold front hit the Nagano prefecture. I saw a little monkey enduring the cold in Jigokudani Monkey Park. This little monkey is really cute. -

People category: Lay Off

Photo by Benedetta Ristori of Rome, Italy.
Photo Location: Kyoto, Japan.

- This picture was taken in Kyoto, Japan in January 2015. There is no fiction, the photo was caught while I was wandering in the streets of Kyoto. My intent was to capture the life of night workers. Shift work, even at night and on holidays, often affects workers psychophysically. The requirements imposed by the “society of work” do not recognize the natural alternations of day and night and workers' biological clocks. -


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