Photos | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/photos/RSS feed for the photosenThu, 29 Sep 2016 04:00:00 +0000White Peacockhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-09-29/white-peacock-4/White Peacock Against ShadowThu, 29 Sep 2016 04:00:00 +0000Atochahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-09-28/atocha/AtochaWed, 28 Sep 2016 04:00:00 +0000Take me, the deerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-09-27/take-me-the-deer-1/Since ancient times, the Nenets led a nomadic life, engaged in deer farming, and traveling on the vast tundra. Reindeer harnessed to a sled is the most reliable form of transport in the tundra. They wander in harsh weather conditions for 8 months of the year. The deer give them food, clothing, housing and money.Tue, 27 Sep 2016 04:00:00 +0000"That way"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-09-26/that-way-3/person showing into some direction near the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de JaneiroMon, 26 Sep 2016 04:00:00 +0000adult plus eighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-09-25/adult-plus-eight/emperor penguin adult and eight chicksSun, 25 Sep 2016 04:00:00 +0000Baba Gania, Chernobyl Exclusion Zonehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-09-24/baba-gania-chernobyl-exclusion-zone/Baba (granny) Gania in the abandoned village of Kupovate, Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. She stands here in the old house of her neighbor, did (grandpa) Ivan, who died couple of years ago. She uses his empty and cool house as a storage space for apples, onions and other products of her garden. Baba Gania is one of the so-called "self-settlers" who came back to the evacuated villages surrounding the Chernobyl Nuclear power plant and stayed despite the radiation pollution and possible health dangers.Sat, 24 Sep 2016 04:00:00 +0000Surrealhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-09-23/surreal-6/Man biking by an octopus statue at the Burning Man festival in Black Rock City, Nevada.Fri, 23 Sep 2016 04:00:00 +0000Churchhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-09-22/church-14/ Thu, 22 Sep 2016 04:00:00 +0000Andalucian Rooftopshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-09-21/andalucian-rooftops-1/Old city of Cadiz, taken from a small plane.Wed, 21 Sep 2016 04:00:00 +0000Bestashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-09-20/bestas-1/Rapa das Bestas is the name of an operation that involves cutting the manes of the wild horses who live free at the mountains in a semi-feral state and that are performed in the curros (enclosed which retain the horses) held in various locations in Galicia (Spain). Those horses live in mountains owned by the villages (a form of property derived from the Suevi, around 8th century) and have several owners (private owners, the parish or the village), each year the foal are marked and the adults shaved and deloused, and then freed again to the mountains. The best known is the Rapa das Bestas of Sabucedo, in the city hall of A Estrada, which lasts three days: the First Saturday, Sunday and Monday in July. In fact, the name given to the celebration (Rapa das Bestas of Sabucedo), while in most places speaking about curros. It is a noble struggle between man and animal. They sabucedo measure their strength in Pontevedra, where this year have gathered 400 horses. The Aloitador Michael Tourino says proudly: "We do not use sticks or ropes, this is a melee with the animal." The first step is to remove the foals for their safety. A mission entrusted to the smallest. The work of the aloitadores is a matter of skill and strength, but also experience. And it bronco riding, time stops. Horse reduce it by three. If you leave, you are standing rapa, and if not, as Emilio tells us, aloitador, "we have to play desequilibrase and lay down on the floor to cut their manes." The aloitadora, Lucia Gonzalez, believes that "the time is the most dangerous knock him". The festival ends with the return of the animal to mount. It will be a goodbye. Both sides know that their strength measured again within a year, as from the eighteenth century.Tue, 20 Sep 2016 04:00:00 +0000116http://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-09-19/116/Shot was taken in Chinese Shijiazhuang which is considered one of the most polluted cities in Asia.Mon, 19 Sep 2016 04:00:00 +0000Pacific Stormhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-09-18/pacific-storm/An isloated cumulonimbus overshoots the tropopause as we deviate around it at 37000FT south of Panama City. The only light source is a powerful lightning within the storm.Sun, 18 Sep 2016 04:00:00 +0000Orangehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-09-17/orange-5/Photo of gas station worked while break.Sat, 17 Sep 2016 04:00:00 +0000Individual Communicationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-09-16/individual-communication/Commuters on the London Underground are communicating. They are not communicating with each other, but across the world from their cell like positions on the platform.Fri, 16 Sep 2016 04:00:00 +0000Under the monsoon rainhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-09-15/under-the-monsoon-rain/Kyauk Kan Latt Pagoda Thu, 15 Sep 2016 04:00:00 +0000Autumn afternoon http://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-09-14/autumn-afternoon-1/A beautiful autumn afternoon, two women was sitting in frond of the house while the children was playingWed, 14 Sep 2016 04:00:00 +0000Sibshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-09-13/sibs/Adolescent grizzly bears in the rain in Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.Tue, 13 Sep 2016 04:00:00 +0000The Explosionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-09-12/the-explosion/Yassai-Hossai is a traditional fire festival and held in Osaka, Japan on December 14 every year. The festival is founded on a fact that fisherman helped their god "Ebisu" who was drifted on Iwatsuta Shrine and they warmed Ebisu by burning of 108 pieces of fire wood bundles. The most impressive scene in this festival is that men wearing white clothing run across the fire cheering "Yassai, Hossai".Mon, 12 Sep 2016 04:00:00 +0000Winter Windmillhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-09-11/winter-windmill/Star trails encircle a Montana windmill on a clear night in January. The green glow on the horizon is from the northern lights. Sun, 11 Sep 2016 04:00:00 +0000A portrait of a king http://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-09-10/a-portrait-of-a-king/Wild Toque Macaque troop leader displaying his threat face as a sign that one has come close enough... Sat, 10 Sep 2016 04:00:00 +0000Spanish Moss at Caddo Lakehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-09-09/spanish-moss-at-caddo-lake/Getting lost in the swamps of the only natural lake in Texas (Caddo Lake) is not such a bad idea, particularly at sunset.Fri, 09 Sep 2016 04:00:00 +0000Into the woods | Nandi Hills Bangalore http://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-09-08/into-the-woods-nandi-hills-bangalore/Tree house in the woods. I was traveling to bangalore india for a week trip to visit some of my friends. from there we go for a sunrise view at the Nandi Hills in bangalore it is about 2000feet height, a wonderful fogy hill in the city.Thu, 08 Sep 2016 04:00:00 +0000rain http://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-09-07/rain-7/Rain shot from car windowWed, 07 Sep 2016 04:00:00 +0000From abovehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-09-06/from-above-7/Waste from a paper mill is agitated by aerators, producing steam and foam, which are pushed by the wind. Clearwater Paper Reservoire, Lewiston, Idaho. Aerial image (shot from a plane at 1,500 feet).Tue, 06 Sep 2016 04:00:00 +0000Bull Elk Fighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-09-05/bull-elk-fight/Bull Elk fight in fieldMon, 05 Sep 2016 04:00:00 +0000Duality - self portaithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-09-04/duality-self-portait/Personality - self portraitSun, 04 Sep 2016 04:00:00 +0000Friendship http://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-09-03/friendship-25/i was in a steemer from Howrah to Sovabazar.i saw two friends were holding their hands and attached to steemer.here i feel the relation of two friends.their fun and relation made me capture the photo.Sat, 03 Sep 2016 04:00:00 +0000Past mid nighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-09-02/past-mid-night/A dark figure sliced through the down pour in an alley way in Taipei. This alley way is one of the few places in Taipei that has the permit from the government to decorate the walls with graffiti.Fri, 02 Sep 2016 04:00:00 +0000Awesome foresthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-09-01/awesome-forest/Awesome forest - Crater Lake National Park, Oregon. Aerial image (shot from a plane). Thu, 01 Sep 2016 04:00:00 +0000From abovehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-08-31/from-above-6/This is where the Colorado river meets the Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico. Aerial image (shot from a plane). Wed, 31 Aug 2016 04:00:00 +0000Women of Barsanahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-08-30/women-of-barsana/Women of Barsana come out to celebrate Holi by playing with sticks against the men of Nandgaon. This is the festival of color and in celebrating Krishna a hindu god.Tue, 30 Aug 2016 04:00:00 +0000The Chinese Operahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-08-29/the-chinese-opera/The opera artists prepares themselves for their performances during the Hungry Ghost Festival. The Chinese Opera, a culture dating back ages ago and first brought in by the Chinese migrants from China to Malaysia back in the 18th century, is slowly being replaced by modern performances. With crowds diminishing each year, and sometimes to an empty audience, it is imperative that the opera are sustained. The future generation may not be able to experience the once rich and exotic opera performances. Mon, 29 Aug 2016 04:00:00 +0000Full of Energyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-08-28/full-of-energy/This baby elephant was running around near this troop at a waterhole.Sun, 28 Aug 2016 04:00:00 +0000Feed Me Dad Ihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-08-27/feed-me-dad/Baby Bluebird being very impatient while waiting for Dad to feed him. The background is full of buttercups.Sat, 27 Aug 2016 04:00:00 +0000Candy Factoryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-08-26/candy-factory-1/Photograph while at the local county fairFri, 26 Aug 2016 04:00:00 +0000Swamp Raccoonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-08-25/swamp-raccoon/While looking for alligators at a swamp in Louisiana, this beautiful little creature wanders out of the murky waters right into the morning light.Thu, 25 Aug 2016 04:00:00 +0000In the church of Saint Deemetrios, Thessalonikihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-08-24/in-the-church-of-saint-deemetrios-thessaloniki/The photo shows the celebration of a mass in the crypt of the church of Saint Deemetrios, in Thessaloniki (Greece).Wed, 24 Aug 2016 04:00:00 +0000An After Dinner Portraithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-08-23/an-after-dinner-portrait/Virunga National Park, DRC. An image of a young female mountain gorilla from the Humba family in Virunga National Park. This photo represents sustainable travel b/c of the location. It's in a remote locale that depends on touristsTue, 23 Aug 2016 04:00:00 +0000A surfer travels over a shallow reef shelf in Tahiti.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-08-22/a-surfer-travels-over-a-shallow-reef-shelf-in-tahiti/The reef in Tahiti is alive and can cut you up like a razor blade. This is the reason for clear water and waves. This shot was taken on the first day I was in Tahiti. It was a great introduction to the country because the clarity was like no other and I ended up getting shots of a lifetime on that day.Mon, 22 Aug 2016 04:00:00 +0000Green carpethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-08-21/green-carpet/Spring evening in South MoraviaSun, 21 Aug 2016 04:00:00 +0000Lake Superior Sea Smokehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-08-20/lake-superior-sea-smoke-1/Subzero air temperatures and the comparatively warmer water of Lake Superior can combine to create sea smoke due to evaporative cooling. The air temperature was around -16F during this shoot. It was mesmerizing to watch the sea smoke gracefully glide and swirl across the surface of the lake, as if performing on a grand dance floor.Sat, 20 Aug 2016 04:00:00 +0000The Juggler http://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-08-19/the-juggler/On a seemingly random boulders scattered across the Utah desert one can find art. These are typically in dark places with little or no light pollution. Standing there at night with only the stone, wind and sky one can feel the world that was 1000s of years ago.Fri, 19 Aug 2016 04:00:00 +0000A bath of painhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-08-18/a-bath-of-pain-1/Manjal Neerattu, which means 'bathing with turmeric water,' is a ritual followed by the people of Chengannur, Kerala, at the Vandimala temple. Boiling the water mixed with turmeric powder, they use palm leaves to whip their bodies with the boiling hot concoction. The process is said to purify the mind and body. It’s beautiful – and messy.Thu, 18 Aug 2016 04:00:00 +0000the turning pointhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-08-17/the-turning-point/I spent a day visiting the "Children's Railway" in Budapest, a 12 km railway managed by kids. At the end of the day the light in the station was perfect so I aked this two kids to be my photographic subject.Wed, 17 Aug 2016 04:00:00 +0000woman with a veilhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-08-16/woman-with-a-veil/woman with a veilTue, 16 Aug 2016 04:00:00 +0000Old Faithful Restinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-08-15/old-faithful-resting/Yellowstone's famous geyser, resting, as steam rises in the sunrise light.Mon, 15 Aug 2016 04:00:00 +0000Roseate Spoonbill http://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-08-14/roseate-spoonbill/Roseate Spoonbill in Morning Light Sun, 14 Aug 2016 04:00:00 +0000Window of the Paul-Loebe-Haus, Berlin with touristhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-08-13/window-of-the-paul-loebe-haus-berlin-with-tourist/The Paul-Loebe-Haus with its special window and the big stairs in front of it, directly beside the river Spree is a magnet for tourists, escpecially for its architecture.Sat, 13 Aug 2016 04:00:00 +0000Man and child watching the train go byhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-08-12/man-and-child-watching-the-train-go-by/Families lived along the train rails. Fathers would protect their kids every time a train went by,Fri, 12 Aug 2016 04:00:00 +0000Dogman of the Marina Districthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-08-11/dogman-of-the-marina-district/The Marina District in San Francisco has numerous street artist and unique characters working and residing there. Dogman was there collecting donations for his pups.Thu, 11 Aug 2016 04:00:00 +0000The Bridgehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-08-10/the-bridge-14/A floating bridge made of marquees across the road.Wed, 10 Aug 2016 04:00:00 +0000Salt http://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-08-09/salt-1/Industrial salt production in the San Francisco Bay. Natural colors; halophilic organisms thrive at varied salinity levels, creating interesting colors. Here you see a network of access roads and irrigation pipes used to manage the flats.Tue, 09 Aug 2016 04:00:00 +0000Rahafhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-08-08/rahaf/Rahaf, 7 years old from Syria at one of Berlin emergency refugee camp. After a music rehearsal where she had played with my blue shawl, Rahaf took Kate’s lipstick and applied it all over her face! Mon, 08 Aug 2016 04:00:00 +0000Light and shadowhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-08-07/light-and-shadow-6/Capturing light and shadows in ChicagoSun, 07 Aug 2016 04:00:00 +0000Gypsy familyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-08-06/gypsy-family-1/Gypsy family at their tent in Sao Paulo, BrazilSat, 06 Aug 2016 04:00:00 +0000Vodouhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-08-05/vodou/I love traveling to places in which I think my photos are going to have an impact on. This time I went to Haiti, and accompanied a group of vodouisants in their 4 hour walk to the falls "I finally was able to go to Saut d’Eau for The Our Lady of Mount Carmel festival. The cool waters and sound of the falls is a big contrast to the heat, dirt and chaos of Port au Prince. If I could, I would stay submerged as long as possible." Simon Vodouisant Saut d’Eau Mirebalais Arrondissement HaitiFri, 05 Aug 2016 04:00:00 +0000Terrace paddies in North Vietnam.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-08-04/terrace-paddies-in-north-vietnam/Terrace rice paddies in Tu Le Valley, Yen Bai province, north Vietnam at the beginning of new season. The Hmong people are crossing the fields on their way home at the end of the working day. The Hmong ethnic minority is the main local population in the area. Generations to generations of these people have made terraced fields as today.Thu, 04 Aug 2016 04:00:00 +0000Texas Winterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-08-03/texas-winter-1/Texas Winter - a very symmetrical orchard (I believe apple trees). Aerial Image (shot from a plane).Wed, 03 Aug 2016 04:00:00 +0000Fixing their Flowershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-08-02/fixing-their-flowers/Two friends and Tajik Shash Maqom dancers fix their flowers before taking photos after the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival at the Palace of Fine Arts, a renowned dance festival that happens every year. Tue, 02 Aug 2016 04:00:00 +0000Lighting Enlightenmenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-08-01/lighting-enlightenment/Novice Monks lighting candles under the reclining Buddha.Mon, 01 Aug 2016 04:00:00 +0000Fireworks and Marriagehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-07-31/fireworks-and-marriage/On a farm in rural Virginia, a young couple helps to set off some of the most impressive homemade fireworks displays I've ever seen.Sun, 31 Jul 2016 04:00:00 +0000Nature's Parking Lothttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-07-30/natures-parking-lot/Looking down from Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park.Sat, 30 Jul 2016 04:00:00 +0000Burrowing owl swallowing frog for breakfasthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-07-29/burrowing-owl-swallowing-frog-for-breakfast/Burrowing owl emerges from burrow in early morning, in the process of swallowing a large amphibian for breakfast. Fri, 29 Jul 2016 04:00:00 +0000Big Sur Sunsethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-07-28/big-sur-sunset-4/This phenomenon occurs only for a few days each year during the winter solstice, when the sun set directly behind Keyhole Arch. All weather conditions have to be perfect, no clouds and tide must be high enough to reflect the sun's light perfectly. This sunset last only about 5 to 10 minutes or so at Los Padres National Forest in Big Sur. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 04:00:00 +0000Winter is cominghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-07-27/winter-is-coming-5/The Arctic wolf is a sub-species of the grey wolf and lives in the Arctic regions of North America.Wed, 27 Jul 2016 04:00:00 +0000Winkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-07-26/wink/This photograph was taken in Yaen-koen which is a monkey park in Nagano Prefecture. We can see a lot of interesting scene in this place. This shot is one of my favorite scene. Little monkey sometimes tried diving into the water to search food. After diving, they were always shaking their face to dry themselves.Tue, 26 Jul 2016 04:00:00 +0000Weaving the Traditionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-07-25/weaving-the-tradition/Tenganan Lady, weaving to sustain tradition.Mon, 25 Jul 2016 04:00:00 +0000Exploding Atmospherehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-07-24/exploding-atmosphere/Two supercells occurring simultaneously just south of Dodge City, Kansas. The low precipitation supercell on the left dissipated shortly after this image, while the tornadic supercell continued to produce tornadoes. Sun, 24 Jul 2016 04:00:00 +0000Our mighty treeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-07-23/our-mighty-trees/Our mighty trees, Mississippi. Aerial image. Sat, 23 Jul 2016 04:00:00 +0000Starehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-07-22/stare-4/When I was walking along an alley in Trinidad, Cuba, I saw her staring at me through the window. I approached her and we started talk. She said that she often looks at outside through the window when she is bored in the afternoon.Fri, 22 Jul 2016 04:00:00 +0000River of believershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-07-21/river-of-believers/i took this photo in a city of west bangal, India on eid festival. at the morning when they came for pray (namaz) together the road fully coverd by them, after that when i saw from a roof top the road just look like a river of people who believe ther god. Thu, 21 Jul 2016 04:00:00 +0000Morning in Ehrwaldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-07-20/morning-in-ehrwald/The fog over the forest in Ehrwald mountains early in the morning.Wed, 20 Jul 2016 04:00:00 +0000Oil: A Love Storyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-07-19/oil-a-love-story/A large oil refinery in Houston, Texas. Aerial image.Tue, 19 Jul 2016 04:00:00 +0000Surrealhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-07-18/surreal-5/Surreal - flying birds, airplane shadow and the abstract looking glacial rivers of Iceland. Aerial image - shot from a plane while exploring Southern Iceland. Mon, 18 Jul 2016 04:00:00 +0000The earth's colorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-07-17/the-earths-color/In India, the bricks are produced by hand mixing water and clay. They work without a break from morning until evening, for 14 hours every day for 8 months. For a bricks thousand the profit is around 6 dollars. This hard job is done from workers of low caste or from outcast. Sun, 17 Jul 2016 04:00:00 +0000Romanian balladhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-07-16/romanian-ballad-1/A 6-year-old boy imitates the elder shepherds of a small Romanian village. Sat, 16 Jul 2016 04:00:00 +0000Enchanted Foresthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-07-15/enchanted-forest-5/Once a year this forest in Belgium the flowers are really blooming. That is when this forest turns into a fairytale forest. The sunlight in the background, adds a lot to the character to this photograph. Fri, 15 Jul 2016 04:00:00 +0000Ramadan Prayershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-07-14/ramadan-prayers/this is shot of women praying inside Istiqlal Mosque,Jakarta which is the biggest mosque in Southeast Asia during the month of Ramadan.Thu, 14 Jul 2016 04:00:00 +0000Story of Fin Tale*http://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-07-13/story-of-fin-tale/Story of Fin Tale*Wed, 13 Jul 2016 04:00:00 +0000In the midst of a sandstorm at Mingsha Shan.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-07-12/in-the-midst-of-a-sandstorm-at-mingsha-shan/This is a landscape image of a sandstorm that occurred at Mingsha Shan in northern China. Most people have their heads down to avoid the sand while there are a few brave souls that are taking pictures of the scene. Tue, 12 Jul 2016 04:00:00 +0000Lost In Faithhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-07-11/lost-in-faith/A woman observing the Hindu ritual of Dondi, loses her senses for some time on the road, is believed to be possessed by the Goddess Sitala for whom the sacrifice and prayers are offered.Mon, 11 Jul 2016 04:00:00 +0000Vortexhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-07-10/vortex-1/A big shoal of sardines is stirred and forms a vortex that looks to be sucked from the sunSun, 10 Jul 2016 04:00:00 +0000Child in the Hills http://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-07-09/child-in-the-hills/I came across this child while hiking the Lares Valley in Peru. I am struck by the true childlike innocence in her eyes. I love encountering people living traditional lifestyles and in a world so different than my own.Sat, 09 Jul 2016 04:00:00 +0000Ice Bear Sparring http://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-07-08/ice-bear-sparring/These two male polar bears repeatedly reared up on their hind legs, swatted, wrestled, and bit each other, sometimes making chunks of fur fly. You can see ripples from the heat of the bears' breath in the frigid conditions. Fri, 08 Jul 2016 04:00:00 +0000Train crashhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-07-07/train-crash/The photo is taken during a safari in the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania, next to a pond where African buffalo referescaban a hot day.Thu, 07 Jul 2016 04:00:00 +0000Quiet Life On The Border With Realityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-07-06/quiet-life-on-the-border-with-reality/The old farm on the lake Obersee lying at the foot of mountains. Berchtesgadener Land, Bavaria, Germany. Wed, 06 Jul 2016 04:00:00 +0000Windmills in the Foghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-07-05/windmills-in-the-fog/A deep fog in the country in central Illinois. The property is owned by a windmill creator, who proudly displays his work in his backyard. Tue, 05 Jul 2016 04:00:00 +0000American Pridehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-07-04/american-pride-14/Shawn Reilly, who is part Native American, poses for a portrait at the Monroe Independence Day Powwow in Sardis, Ohio, on July 4, 2015. Reilly dances at powwows across the country, where he wears patriotic regalia alongside more traditional items, such as the Mandan-style headdress.Mon, 04 Jul 2016 04:00:00 +0000Chosen familyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-07-03/family-we-choose/Da Silva was 15 years old when she got married. Her husband told her they would build their home far away from civilization. She left a small town in the north of Minas Gerais, Brazil, to a place where the nearest house was 15km into the savannah. They built a house there with bricks made of anthill sand (!). Forty years has passed and their house still have no electricity or sanitation but one thing has changed: Da Silva's husband died a year ago while he was walking through the jungle. Nowadays though, some people visit her, like some cloth sellers or the mailman, whose family visits the ermit a few times during the year.Sun, 03 Jul 2016 04:00:00 +0000red squirrel split between flowershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-07-02/red-squirrel-split-between-flowers/red squirrel standing between 2 lupine flowers with spread legs Sat, 02 Jul 2016 04:00:00 +0000