Featured Entries For The 13th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest


“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.” (© Radim Schreiber)


“Three black cows”. Staraya Erikla, Ulyanovsk, Russia. “After evening rain and a foggy morning, the sun rose over the autumn plain, and three black cows appeared through the mist”. (Photo by Valery Romanov)


“Women’s compartment”. Mumbai, India. Every day 7.5m people make use of the suburban trains in Mumbai. It is the biggest suburban network in the world and almost every train has separate compartments for women, to avoid sexual harassment. (Photo by Tamina-Florentine Zuch)


“Catch the sunset”. Vietnam. A fishermen tosses his net. (Photo by Tuan Nguyen Manh)


“Women workers”. Bangladesh. “I took this photo inside a workhouse where women were working under a tin roof. The beam of sunlight came from a broken shade”. (Photo by Abm Jahidul Islam)


“Disappearing lake”. Glen Canyon national recreation area, Arizona, US. A houseboat in shallow water in a canyon. The lake on the Colorado river provides water for Nevada, Arizona and California. In recent years, severe drought combined with withdrawals that many believe are not sustainable, has reduced water levels to about 42% of its capacity. (Photo by Rick Wilking/Reuters)


“Read between the lines”. Manama, Bahrain. A man in a mosque reads the Koran during the holy month of Ramadan. (Photo by Mustafa Abdulhadi)


“Festive preparation”. Baghnapara, Bardhaman, West Bengal, India. Two girls prepare for the Gajan festival. They will perform a play based on Indian mythology. (Photo by Krishnasis Ghosh)


“Tan your hide”. Fez, Morocco. A worker laying out dyed animal skins to dry at the Chouara tannery. (Photo by Natalia Ciobanu)


“Spider-Man”. Nice, France. “This was taken during a festival parade. A little Spider-Man was not afraid of the monster”. (Photo by Adam Wong)


“Summer night”. Bryant Park, New York, US. A sea of blankets covers the park as spectators wait for a movie night to begin on a summer evening. (Photo by Navid Baraty)


“Leap of faith”. Maasai Mara national reserve, Narok County, Kenya. “This photograph was taken during east Africa’s annual wildebeest migration”. (Photo by Ricardo Cisneros)


“New development”. Rio Vista, California, US. New housing development about to be built. (Photo by Jassen Todorov)


“Trucker chapel”. Lodi, Ohio, US. Truck driver Ben Blackburn, 46, participates in a Bible study session at the Transport For Christ mobile chapel in Lodi. TFC chaplains helped Blackburn enroll in trucking school after he lost his job during the recent economic recession. (Photo by Lauren Pond)


“Young love”. León Guanajuato, Mexico. A couple embrace on a carnival ride at the La Fería de Guanajuato state fair, held attended by half a million people some nights. (Photo by Eric Burg)


A Woman Walks. “I must have followed this lady for 20 minutes in Santa Monica, not being creepy. I was taking a moment away from the stresses of life, and I believe this woman was doing exactly the same. Just wandering aimlessly. There’s something about the ocean that draws the sorrowful.” (© Judson Emery)


THE GHARIAL. “This photograph of gharial with beautiful surroundings (habitat) was taken in Girva River in Katerniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary, U.P. The gharial (Gavialis gangeticus), also known as the gavial, and the fish-eating crocodile, is a crocodilian of the family Gavialidae, native to the northern part of the Indian Subcontinent. As the population has declined drastically in the past 70 years, the gharial is listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List. The global gharial population is estimated at fewer than 235 individuals, which are threatened by loss of riverine habitat, depletion of fish resources, and entanglement in fishing nets.” (© Satpal Singh)


Bear crossing. “A black bear crossing a mountain road in the Canadian Rockies.” (© Reza Mir)


Strength In Numbers. “This row of trees was standing tall against the blowing snow.” (© Leslie Rothermal)


Making a Living. “These boys searched around the sea for starfish and sell it to any visitor. They will even exchange for goody with their collection. This picture was taken in Blakang Bukit. The people here usually live a seaborne lifestyle, and use small wooden boat for sailing. Sama-Bajau have sometimes been called the “Sea Gypsies.” (© Ho Sung Hu Zacho)


Ewha University. “Some trees somewhere in Ewha University campus (Seoul, Korea)” (© Jenya Gorbunova)


The Secret. “Black-bellied Hummingbird-an, in an amazing pose, her head covered with their wings, as if he were telling a secret to flower, while backlights cut silhouette. The Black Belly is one of the most beautiful Hummingbirds Mission and is my favorite, because along with the length of its wings and tail color, gives a very plastic poses. – (Black-Throated Mango) -(Anthracothorax nigricollis) The photo was made in the garden of hummingbirds in Iguazu, Misiones, Argentina.” (© Nicolás Arturo Pérez)


Salt. “This is the Great Salt Lake, Utah, Aerial Image.” (© Jassen Todorov)


Bright Future. “Massive construction of solar panes in the deserts of California and Nevada, Aerial Image.” (© Jassen Todorov)


Lion Eyes. “This images shows a female lion drinking water at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. She looked up at me and I made the image.” (© Robert Currie)

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