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Gallery: The dazzling winners of the 15th annual Smithsonian photo contest

Gallery: The dazzling winners ...
The Grand Prize-winning photograph from Thong Huu
The Grand Prize-winning photograph from Thong Huu
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The Grand Prize-winning photograph from Thong Huu
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The Grand Prize-winning photograph from Thong Huu
The Reader's Choice-winning photograph from Sara Jacoby
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The Reader's Choice-winning photograph from Sara Jacoby
The winning photograph in the Natural World category
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The winning photograph in the Natural World category
The winning photograph in the American Experience category
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The winning photograph in the American Experience category
The winning photograph in the Travel category
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The winning photograph in the Travel category
The winning photograph in the People category
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The winning photograph in the People category
The winning photograph in the Altered Images category
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The winning photograph in the Altered Images category
The winning photograph in the Mobile category
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The winning photograph in the Mobile category
A finalist in the Natural World category showing a tree frog in Coast Rica
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A finalist in the Natural World category showing a tree frog in Coast Rica
A finalist in the Natural World category of gulls soaring over a beach
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A finalist in the Natural World category of gulls soaring over a beach
A finalist in the Natural World category showing a black skimmer bird and its baby
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A finalist in the Natural World category showing a black skimmer bird and its baby
A finalist in the Natural World category – sardines emerge from a coral wall in cobalt waters just a few yards from the shores of Cebu Island in the Philippines
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A finalist in the Natural World category – sardines emerge from a coral wall in cobalt waters just a few yards from the shores of Cebu Island in the Philippines
A finalist in the Natural World category – Hippocampus denise, one of the smallest seahorses in the world
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A finalist in the Natural World category – Hippocampus denise, one of the smallest seahorses in the world
A finalist in the Natural World category – this brown bear successfully capturing a salmon in Kuril Lake
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A finalist in the Natural World category – this brown bear successfully capturing a salmon in Kuril Lake
A finalist in the Natural World category – on New Year’s Eve in 2016, a sea cliff collapsed near Kalapana on Big Island, Hawaii, resulting in a dramatic stream of lava, called a fire hose, shooting out of the cliff
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A finalist in the Natural World category – on New Year’s Eve in 2016, a sea cliff collapsed near Kalapana on Big Island, Hawaii, resulting in a dramatic stream of lava, called a fire hose, shooting out of the cliff

The spectacular winners of the 15th annual Smithsonian Photo Contest have just been revealed. After shortlisting 60 finalists from 48,000 submissions, the top seven photographs were selected by a panel of judges from The Smithsonian, while an extra Readers' Choice winner was voted on by the public.

The 2017 Contest comprised entries from 155 countries and territories. Ten finalists were selected for each of the six main categories: Natural World, The American Experience, Travel, People, Altered Images and Mobile.

The Grand Prize-winning photograph from Thong Huu
The Grand Prize-winning photograph from Thong Huu

The overall Grand Prize winning photograph went to Vietnamese photographer Thong Huu for his gorgeous shot of men eating breakfast at a market early in the morning in Northern Vietnam (above). The Reader's Choice winner, receiving the most of a total of 38,000 votes from the general public, was Sara Jacoby's image titled Rare. The photo, shot with a mobile device, captures a little girl with two rare chromosome duplications.

The winning photograph in the Natural World category
The winning photograph in the Natural World category

Other amazing winning entries include Oreon Strusinski who took out the best Natural World photograph with a sublime snap of a wave closing in on the shore (above), and Adam Żądło's eerie image of sheep on the stairs of a farm townhouse that won in the best Altered Images category.

Submissions have just opened for the next contest and it's free to enter with a Grand Prize of US$2,500.

Take a look through the gallery to see a selection of the winners and finalists.

Source: The Smithsonian

2 comments
gettodacessna
Great pictures! To New Atlas: Is it possible to have a gallery of preview thumbnails instead of the fill size pictures? The massive galleries are slow to load and navigate...
Nik
Some are really startling!