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Smithsonian 2012 Photo Contest Winners

 

Smithsonian.com is currently running their 11th annual photo contest called (appropriately) “PhotoContest2013“.  Over the duration of the contest, 290,000 photos have been judged from over 112 countries.  There are five categories for this year’s competition:  the American Experience, The Natural World, People, Travel, and Altered Images.  They will also be highlighting work done with mobile devices.

If you are interested in competing, PhotoContest2013 is open until November 29th, 2013 at 2 pm EST and finalist will be announced in March, 2014.  They also have a “Photo of the Day” that you can also view.

Take a look at these beautiful winning images from Smithsonian’s 2012 contest.

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Photo and caption by Bjorn Olesen – courtesy of Smithsonian.com
Grand Prize Winner
The morning this photo was taken was unusually quiet, Olesen says. “I was about to pack my bags I heard this juvenile Spectacled Spiderhunter (Arachnothera flavigaster) calling ‘chi-chit, chi-chit,’ trying to attract the attention of its parents above while flapping its wings.” Olesen snapped as many shots possible before the bird flew away seconds later. “[It was] the highlight of my Borneo Trip.”

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Photo and Caption by David Morrow – courtesy of Smithsonian.com
Readers Choice Award
The photographer captured this image of the Milky Way rising up from behind Mount Rainier with a Nikon D800. “The stars almost looked as though they were erupting from the mountain and I knew this was a moment in time that I had to capture,” Morrow says.

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Photo and Caption by Colleen Pinski – courtesy of Smithsonian.com 
Natural World Winner
The photographer captures a person framed by the annular solar eclipse, watching as the sun sets. “I feel it can inspire so many people around the world, no matter what race, religion or gender,” Pinski says. “Anyone can look at it and feel touched by a ‘beyond this world’ experience.”

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Photo and Caption by Ilan Fain – courtesy of Smithsonian.com
People Winner
Three girls take a break from the day inside a small Greek Orthodox Church in Nazareth. The camera used is a Canon 3D.

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Photo and Caption by Jason J. Hatfield – courtesy of Smithsonian.com
Travel Winner
A hiker looks onto the path before him in Bryce Canyon National Park in the middle of the night as the Milky Way stretches upward above. The photographer, who used a Sony A900, had been shooting the day’s solar eclipse.

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Photo and Caption by George Burgin – courtesy of Smithsonian.com
Americana Winner
Workers in cowboy hats try to wrangle a horse during Miles City’s annual bucking horse sale.

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