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Smithsonian Photo Contest Winners Are Full Of Wanderlust & Inspo

By Kishore Sawh on March 31st 2018

The Smithsonian has looked to point its particular lens on the world, chronicling the important topics and subject matters in science, history, art, popular culture and innovation through their various channels whether they be their museums or sites. For the past 15 years they’ve been running the annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest, garnering over 48,000 entries from photographers in 155 countries and territories, and they’ve just released the newest slew of winners.

“From Thong Huu’s Grand-Prize-winning capture of a weekly market in Vietnam to Dan Fenstermacher’s action shot of wrestlers in San Jose, California, these images stood out to our photo editors as the most unique and memorable. Sara Jacoby’s image “Rare” received the highest percentage of more than 38,000 reader votes, earning her the Readers’ Choice award. Congratulations to all!”

It should come as little to no surprise that this collection of winning submissions and those that they narrowly beat out are each truly special in their own right, and serve as some serious inspiration. They’re the kind of images that remind us of all the world outside our day-to-day confines and the wonder that is all around.

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They also serve as yet another reminder that you’re capable of enjoying photography and taking remarkably striking and compelling imagery with whatever equipment you’ve got. The cameras used spanned quite the gamut, and here’s a shortlist:

Canon 5D Mark II
Canon 6D
Canon 1DX Mark II
Nikon D4
Nikon D610
Sony A99
iPhone 6

Here’s a selection of some of the winners, and check Smithsonianmag.com for the full list, and to enter this year’s competition which is now open.

“I was swimming in the ocean with fins on, with my camera safely in a water housing. It was dawn, just before the sun broke the horizon, and I was photographing waves and the relationship of water and light. Backwash from a previous wave collided with an incoming wave to create this mountain that only lasted for a split second, and I was lucky enough to capture it,” writes photographer Oreon Strusinski (@oreonphotography). * Congratulations to Oreon, who won the Natural World category of the 15th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest with his photo “Pinnacle of Existence.” Click on the link in the bio to see all of our winners and finalists. * Our 16th Annual Photo Contest is now open! We are looking for standout photography in the following categories: The American Experience, Natural World, Travel, People, Altered Images and Mobile. Head to Smithsonian.com/photocontest to submit your best shots. #photocontest #smithsonianphoto #smithsonianmagazine #photography #wave #dawn #ocean #light #water #malibu #california

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Bundles of incense dry in Quang Phu Cau, Hanoi, Vietnam. “In Buddhist countries like Vietnam, incense is an irreplaceable part of traditional festivals and religious ceremonies,” says photographer Tran Tuan Viet (@trantuanvietsui). * Congratulations to Viet, who won the Travel category of the 15th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest with his photo “Making Incense.” Click on the link in the bio to see all of our winners and finalists. * Our 16th Annual Photo Contest is now open! We are looking for standout photography in the following categories: The American Experience, Natural World, Travel, People, Altered Images and Mobile. Head to Smithsonian.com/photocontest to submit your best shots. #photocontest #smithsonianphoto #smithsonianmagazine #photography #vietnam #incense #color #red #tradition

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“There are not many other animals as productive as sheep,” writes photographer Adam Zadlo (@_stingart), who combined multiple photographs of his family farm in Poland to create this image. “They give us wool, milk, meat. Their memoirs are usually short. The pool of names is repeated every two years on our farm. We have already had two Queens, three Theos and four Fables.” * Congratulations to Adam, who won the Altered Images category of the 15th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest with his photo “Stairs.” Click on the link in the bio to see all of our winners and finalists. * Our 16th Annual Photo Contest is now open! We are looking for standout photography in the following categories: The American Experience, Natural World, Travel, People, Altered Images and Mobile. Head to Smithsonian.com/photocontest to submit your best shots. #photocontest #smithsonianphoto #smithsonianmagazine #photography #alteredimages #sheep #farm #poland

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A photographer and writer based in Miami, he can often be found at dog parks, and airports in London and Toronto. He is also a tremendous fan of flossing and the happiest guy around when the company’s good.

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