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Lava, yaks and frogs: the Smithsonian magazine photo contest

2018-03-16 11:00:59  source: [Reprint]  author:   editor: 斫子 Su Yuezhuo

The finalists in six categories have been chosen out of 48,000 submissions from photographers in 155 countries. Here we showcase a few. See all 60 finalists from’s 15th Annual Photo Contest and vote for the Readers’ Choice winner.


Care – care goes beyond gender. I went to the small slum near to my house in the morning, and I saw that this man was feeding his grandchild while his daughter, the infant’s aunt, held him. It shows me something different than my society. In Bangladeshi society, care work is usually done by a female member of a family
Photograph: Farhana Akther


Green – A vendor at a funfair in the Meadows, Edinburgh
Photograph: Gareth Bragdon

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Ray of Zeus – On New Year’s Eve in 2016, a sea cliff collapsed near Kalapana on Big Island, Hawaii. A dramatic stream of lava, called a fire hose, started to shoot out of the cliff. Before the sunrise, I captured this dramatic picture, where the lava cascaded into the ocean, creating steam and lava bombs. The lava stream stopped in March 2017
Photograph: Florent Mamelle

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The Window – During my stay at a Costa Rican hotel, I noticed that red-eyed tree frogs flooded the gardens. As I approached this frog, it climbed into one of the holes in a leaf, as if it were sticking out of a window
Photograph: Salvador Colvée Nebot

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Backyard – Curtis, Kate and Jude, siblings, lie in their backyard in Watford, North Dakota. The Long family have five children who they homeschool. Western North Dakota attracted families from across the nation during the recent oil boom. Watford, like other rural towns in the region, is now facing unemployment and overdevelopment since the decline of the oil industry
Photograph: Sarah Blesener

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Bow Girls – Three girls stand with their bows outside Travis Archery in Woodbourne, New York
Photograph: Stephanie Foden


Yaks beside Pangong Lake
Photograph: Yusuf Chiniwala


Boatman – A boatman reads a newspaper
Photograph: Debashis Mukherjee


Outdoor Activities – This photo was taken in Playa Tarará, Havana, Cuba, at 5.30pm. I was going to the beach with my family. It was really hot. I saw people playing squash. ‘Oh my God,’ I thought! How can they manage! The colours were really bright, and I was attracted by the shadows
Photograph: Pier Luigi Dodi


NYC – This picture was taken during the new year holiday in NYC from the Roosevelt Island aerial tramway. Despite the rain, there is a festive mood in the frame. Raindrops resemble Christmas balls
Photograph: Tatiana Borodina

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Rhino from Chitwan – There are about 600 rhinos in Chitwan national park. It was a pure adventure to follow wild rhinos in their natural habitat. The main instructions, in case a rhino ran in my direction, were to climb a tree; if there was no tree, to run zigzags. The red colour of the grass comes from my imagination
Photograph: Tatiana Sharapova

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Simple Motions – Every summer I visit a village where I have two nice ‘girlfriends’. This photo is from a long series called Simple Motions, where the two Russian ‘babushkas’ have fun with the hula hoop, play football or do their gym
Photograph: Petr Lovigi

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