Photos | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/photos/RSS feed for the photosenSat, 10 Dec 2016 05:00:00 +0000Carrying boardshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-12-10/carrying-boards/Carrying boardsSat, 10 Dec 2016 05:00:00 +0000Intersection of Fireshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-12-09/intersection-of-fires/Fog rises up from the forest burned by two major wildfires; Cerro Grande and Las Conchas. You can see the more recent fire in the burnt trees at the top, and the older fire in the middle (even some young trees that popped up were burned again). Fri, 09 Dec 2016 05:00:00 +0000Sole fish with jellyfishhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-12-08/sole-fish-with-jellyfish/ A sole fish eating a jellyfish at El Hierro Island in Cannary Islands, Spain.Thu, 08 Dec 2016 05:00:00 +0000Ecosystemhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-12-07/ecosystem/This is an image of an anteater feeding on a termite with terrestrial bioluminescence, this phenomenon only occurs in the Parque das Emas, Brazil´ 5dsr, 14-24, 30 secWed, 07 Dec 2016 05:00:00 +0000Passage I http://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-12-06/passage-i/A young woman passes through an archway into an anonymous apartment that might be her's or someone else's.Tue, 06 Dec 2016 05:00:00 +0000The magic of the nighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-12-05/the-magic-of-the-night/This is the moonrise over Langkofel Mount, in South Tirol, in Italy. I merged a landscape with the milky way and the one of the same subject but with the moonlight, taken after about 30 minutes, to have a image that symbolized completely what I lived.Mon, 05 Dec 2016 05:00:00 +0000A Lot Of Wrecks.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-12-04/a-lot-of-wrecks/An insurance tow lot is overflowing with cars awaiting their fate. Most will be auctioned off "as is".Sun, 04 Dec 2016 05:00:00 +0000TURTLE-BACK RIDEhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-12-03/turtle-back-ride/*Disclaimer* No Honu (Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle) was harmed or harassed during the capture of this photograph. The thing that draws me to the ocean the most is that I literally never know what I’m going to come across on any given day. I count myself extremely fortunate to have been in the right place at the right time to capture this image. Sat, 03 Dec 2016 05:00:00 +0000Fall Treasures in the Wildernesshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-12-02/fall-treasures-in-the-wilderness/Surrounded by autumn's golden glow, a paddler pauses to take a photograph through the fog. The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is one of the best treasures in Minnesota.Fri, 02 Dec 2016 05:00:00 +0000The Bride Waits Backstagehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-12-01/the-bride-waits-backstage/Ida Ränzlöv, singing the part of Arminda, Anchise’s niece, waits backstage for her cue. Mozart's La finta giardiniera. Dress rehearsal. Royal College of Music Opera School, Prince Consort Road, London. Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:00:00 +0000Tungna Riverhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-11-30/tungna-river/The interior of Iceland was long terra incognita: unknown, unexplored country. The photographs are part of an aerial image series of the Tungna River. Wed, 30 Nov 2016 05:00:00 +0000Two kids around of a big heart of paperhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-11-29/two-kids-around-of-a-big-heart-of-paper/Two kids were playing with water on St. Valentine’s Day, during Peru’s Carnival season. Saint Valentine’s day. Cusco, Peru. Tue, 29 Nov 2016 05:00:00 +0000The Ballet Statuehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-11-28/the-ballet-statue/This is a completely free improvisation with Mathilde in the studio.Mon, 28 Nov 2016 05:00:00 +0000Feeling Bluehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-11-27/feeling-blue-1/When camping in Kruger Park I saw this blue lizzard climbing out of a tree and walking toward some dead leaves. I don't know anything about reptiles but I thought this one was beautiful and quickly grabbed my camera and laid flat on the ground in front of the lizzard. It was a real little poser and gave me time to take some photos of him before he decided to walk off and disappear. Curious of what I just photographed I looked it up in a book, it was a Blue Headed Agama Lizard.Sun, 27 Nov 2016 05:00:00 +0000Photographerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-11-26/photographer-5/My wife took pictures of me while I was swimming under the iceSat, 26 Nov 2016 05:00:00 +0000You Shall Not Passhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-11-25/you-shall-not-pass/In this photo, a wall of riot police block an exit inside Gwanghwamun subway station in Seoul, South Korea during a protest on November 12, 2016. The police effectively closed off the exit in an effort to cut off the stream of people joining the protests outside. Fri, 25 Nov 2016 05:00:00 +0000Curvy Treeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-11-24/curvy-trees-2/The dancing Aspens are shaped as if from a dream.Thu, 24 Nov 2016 05:00:00 +0000Stinky Abstracthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-11-23/stinky-abstract/Aerators in a municipal sewer facility fight a losing battle against algae.Wed, 23 Nov 2016 05:00:00 +0000Over the rainbowhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-11-22/over-the-rainbow-5/Kingfisher emerges from a small pond in a heavy rain.Tue, 22 Nov 2016 05:00:00 +0000Forever Comrades.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-11-21/forever-comrades/The cemetery at the Leavenworth, Kansas Veterans Hospital is laid out with military precision.Mon, 21 Nov 2016 05:00:00 +0000Jackals Romancehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-11-20/jackals-romance/Male and female Jackals in one of their romantic moments. The male has caught an Agama Lizard and presented it to the female. While throwing it over her head, she turned and picked it up and then they mated. so this gesture of affection was more successful then flowers.Sun, 20 Nov 2016 05:00:00 +0000Bursting With Colorshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-11-19/bursting-with-colors/People enjoying and dancing while a hot air balloon with bursting colorful fireworks is being sent into the sky at Taunggyi, Shan State in Myanmar. The huge crowds, lack of safety precautions and homemade fireworks have proved deadly in the past.Sat, 19 Nov 2016 05:00:00 +0000New Guinea's Snake Charmer 02http://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-11-18/new-guineas-snake-charmer-1/Boylen's Python is one of the most rare and beautiful snakes in the world. At first glance, it is black with a velvet texture, but when it bends and light strikes its body from the side it turns into a rainbow. It is endemic to New Guinea were is protected and respected. Very few are allowed to be exported and it is extremely difficult to breed in captivity.Fri, 18 Nov 2016 05:00:00 +0000Between heaven and earth_002http://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-11-17/between-heaven-and-earth-1/I had met this remarkable woman in Novozybkov town of Bryansk region. She crossed the road confidently on homemade wheelchair and stopped cars by lifting her hand. It was possibly met our war veteran on a such vehicle after the Second World War, but to see it in 2015 was quite strangeThu, 17 Nov 2016 05:00:00 +0000Lajia Candleshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-11-16/lajia-candles/A very important Lama (A Tibetan Buddhist monk), was visiting Litang, Sichuan, China. In his honor, the people in the town lightened hundreds of oil candles. Wed, 16 Nov 2016 05:00:00 +0000Under constructionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-11-15/under-construction-3/ Campus campus that was undergoing renovations, I took the time to record the exact momentum of debris removalTue, 15 Nov 2016 05:00:00 +0000Generation Gaphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-11-14/generation-gap-4/The young lady admiring the old woman who is putting a make up for the "vanishing art" of Chinese Opera. Sweet young generations nowadays rarely seen to take up the Chinese Operas as they prefer to entertain in a modern way. Mon, 14 Nov 2016 05:00:00 +0000Viva Sto. Niñohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-11-13/viva-sto-nino/Every year, winning contingents of different festivals in the Philippines gather in Manila to showcase their performance and battle for the top. This group was from Cebu of Sinulog Festival.Sun, 13 Nov 2016 05:00:00 +0000The Titanshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-11-12/the-titans/TITANS OF MAVERICKS is the world’s premiere, high adrenaline, big wave surfing competition. Spectacular waves and incredible virtuosity! Half Moon Bay, California. Aerial image (shot from a plane).Sat, 12 Nov 2016 05:00:00 +0000Against the Wind...http://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-11-11/against-the-wind-1/An American Red Fox having was difficulties walking across a sand dune during high wind gusts on a cold and blistery February day.Fri, 11 Nov 2016 05:00:00 +0000All Souls Dayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-11-10/all-souls-day-7/All Souls' Day commemorates the departed souls by Christians. In the graveyard one is saying prayer and remembering the souls.Thu, 10 Nov 2016 05:00:00 +0000God is Greathttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-11-09/god-is-great/People are gathered to say their prayer at a Mosque named Jamiatul Falah in Chittagong, Bangladesh.Wed, 09 Nov 2016 05:00:00 +0000Orbithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-11-08/orbit-1/The mountaineers in the Mont Blanc Massif.Tue, 08 Nov 2016 05:00:00 +0000A toda velocidadhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-11-07/a-toda-velocidad/Es un campeonato nacional de patinaje donde se trabaja con velocidades de obturacion demasiado bajas para conseguir que nos de sensaciones de alta velocidad este campeonato se definia la seleccion colombia la cual actuamente es la campeona mundialMon, 07 Nov 2016 05:00:00 +0000Caviar Loverhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-11-06/caviar-lover/Brown bear cub fishingSun, 06 Nov 2016 04:00:00 +0000Silence of Beautyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-11-05/silence-of-beauty/N/ASat, 05 Nov 2016 04:00:00 +0000Elevationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-11-04/elevation-1/Mediterranean seahorseFri, 04 Nov 2016 04:00:00 +0000The big bluehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-11-03/the-big-blue-1/Lucas Cwierz is freediving in Heraion, Greece. Thu, 03 Nov 2016 04:57:21 +0000They're Here http://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-11-02/theyre-here/An Alien looking, powerful supercell grows as it forms over he mountains of Montana. Wed, 02 Nov 2016 04:00:00 +0000Mamacha del Carmen at Paucartambohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-11-01/mamacha-del-carmen-at-paucartambo/At the end of the first day of celebration some groups of dancers, as Qapaq Qolla, enjoy the "Qonoy," a game made with flames and fireworks. Tue, 01 Nov 2016 04:00:00 +0000Genpuku-Shikihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-10-31/genpuku-shiki/Genpuku-Shiki of Ogasawara-ryu is a Japanese coming-of-age ceremony. This ceremony is held in Kyoto every January. Ogasawara-ryu is known as a school of archery, horsemanship and manners and have a long history since the Kamakura period. We can know a Japanese old-fashioned manners and beautiful custom through Genpuku-Shiki. Mon, 31 Oct 2016 04:00:00 +0000Blink of an eyehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-10-30/blink-of-an-eye/I was just expecting small birds, but suddenly this big hawk appeared right in front of my hut. The sparrow hawk drinked a bit and after that he left. I could take some pictures. It was absolutely a bautiful experience. Sun, 30 Oct 2016 04:00:00 +0000 wheat dryinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-10-29/wheat-drying/Nizip, Gaziantep in TurkeySat, 29 Oct 2016 13:21:14 +0000Bicycle on the Beachhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-10-28/bicycle-on-the-beach/A bicyclist and pedestrians enjoy sunset from a Cadiz beach. Spain.Fri, 28 Oct 2016 04:00:00 +0000Morning at Half Moon Bayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-10-27/morning-at-half-moon-bay/I took the picture at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve at Half Moon Bay, California. There was a light mist and when the sun was at the right angle, it created the most amazing sunrays. Thu, 27 Oct 2016 04:00:00 +0000Man with Plastic Baghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-10-26/man-with-plastic-bag/First I was amazed by the light shafts going throught the structure of this "Communist style" building. It looks like a cathedral and than the poor man walked in the scene wit his plastic Lidl bag. It contrasts in my eyes - poverty vs something divine. Ugliness vs beauty. And man's loneliness...these are the reason I made this photo.Wed, 26 Oct 2016 04:00:00 +0000Celebrating Victoryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-10-25/celebrating-victory/Local boys and girls enjoying the waving flag while an aircraft is going to land nearby runwayTue, 25 Oct 2016 04:00:00 +0000The Walkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-10-24/the-walk-1/This farmer was collecting some crops from his rice field for his own family meals. It was drizzling during the time. Hence, a day rest for the farmers. Harvesting at Mu Cang Chai.Mon, 24 Oct 2016 04:00:00 +0000Noonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-10-23/noon/Shoot in Poly Plaza,Beijing,China. Sun, 23 Oct 2016 04:00:00 +0000Highland Market, Guatemala http://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-10-22/highland-market-guatemala/The market in the town of Chichicastenengo is a profusion of food, life and color. Sat, 22 Oct 2016 04:00:00 +0000Drying rice-paper http://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-10-21/drying-rice-paper/Tho Ha is one of the most famous rice paper trade village located in Bac Giang province . Making rice paper become their tradition for a long time ago and they still keep this tradition until today . The reason why Tho Ha rice paper village is well-known is that the processes of both preparing material and producing finished product must strictly follow stage of production and special techniques of processing flour;The picture is taken about the rice paper is drying. Fri, 21 Oct 2016 04:00:00 +0000Play with mehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-10-20/play-with-me-1/Play with meThu, 20 Oct 2016 04:00:00 +0000Old architecturehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-10-19/old-architecture/1933 ShanghaiWed, 19 Oct 2016 04:00:00 +0000The dancershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-10-18/the-dancers-1/Dancers with umbrellas at a diwali festival.Tue, 18 Oct 2016 04:00:00 +0000Ma'Nene Ritualhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-10-17/manene-ritual/The family and relatives cleaning the death body of Yakob Tandi Tondon, 62 death 2009 during the Ma'Nene ritual at Batan Pangala village located in North Toraja, Indonesia.Mon, 17 Oct 2016 04:00:00 +0000Children of the Factoryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-10-16/children-of-the-factory/Children of steel workers having fun during an Iftar gathering in the last days of Ramadan at a factory in Obour. Cairo, Egypt.Sun, 16 Oct 2016 04:00:00 +0000Behind the Scene http://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-10-15/behind-the-scene-4/A Chhow dancer of India is going for on stage performance from the green room. Chhow dance is an one of the major folk dance of India. Sat, 15 Oct 2016 04:00:00 +0000Differenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-10-14/different-2/Rest person and restFri, 14 Oct 2016 04:00:00 +0000cruising on the biggest ship in the worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-10-13/cruising-on-the-biggest-ship-in-the-world/Royal Caribbean, Harmony of the Seas, spiraling five decks above the landscaped, open-air Central Park in the center of the ship, waterslides Cyclone, Typhoon and Supercell come together as The Perfect Storm. Guests can challenge each other and race to the finish line with  Cyclone and Typhoon, which twist and turn down three decks, while sliders in Supercell will be swirled around its unique champagne bowl before descending into a big splash finale.Thu, 13 Oct 2016 04:00:00 +0000Folkloric Festival of Señor de Choquekillca, Peruhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-10-12/folkloric-festival-of-senor-de-choquekillca-peru/Young folk dancers perform among older onlookers at the four-day Señor de Choquekillca festival in the Andean town of Ollantaytambo, Peru. While they are separated by two generations or even more, they still share the cohesive bond of tradition so common to villages in the Andes. Wed, 12 Oct 2016 04:00:00 +0000In preparation for new triphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-10-11/in-preparation-for-new-trip/The picture shows a daily routine of fishermen. After a long trip at sea, they have to check and mend the damaged nets. At first sight, the nets seemed to be quite easy to repair but it sometimes takes half day to finish their work. Therefore, the fishermen have experience to mend the nests as fast as possible for the next trip at sea.Tue, 11 Oct 2016 04:00:00 +0000The Veilhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-10-10/the-veil/"Procession of Heian period" is held in Kumano-Kodo which is known as a world heritage. This traditional event is based on "Kumano-mode" which goes back to the Heian period. Long ago, pilgrimages to the Kumano-Kodo became popular and a lot of people visited there. This pilgrimage to the "Kumano-Kodo" is called "Kumano-mode". The spectacle of their advancing on a narrow mountain trail in a row is very beautiful.Mon, 10 Oct 2016 04:00:00 +0000A Great Horned Owl owlet seeking refuge in a Magnolia tree http://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-10-09/a-great-horned-owl-owlet-seeking-refuge-in-a-magnolia-tree/This Owlet had been knocked out of it's nest the previous day by a Red tail Hawk. During the fall it lost one of it's talons. Over the night the owlet walked approximately 300 yards to this magnolia tree which had some low branches that were easier for it to climb. It spent the next two days recovering in this tree, and within a week successfully fledged. Sun, 09 Oct 2016 04:00:00 +0000a youth get slided to a lake of colorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-10-08/a-youth-slides-through-lake-of-color/during huranga holi, men are shower the women with color, the women whipping the men with there t-shirt. in the end of the ceremony people like to bath in the color.Sat, 08 Oct 2016 04:00:00 +0000Fly Me To The Moonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-10-07/fly-me-to-the-moon-7/My daughter wants to fly to the moon. I wanted to create a surreal world with the balloons in which you have several angles of view; like having several cameras showing the landscape, and Sophia the astronaut.Fri, 07 Oct 2016 04:00:00 +0000High Tidehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-10-06/high-tide-5/Kids diving into the ocean during high tide in Casco Viejo, Panama. Thu, 06 Oct 2016 04:00:00 +0000Intersecthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-10-05/intersect/Shot inside Q121 wind tunnel (Farnborough,UK). Wed, 05 Oct 2016 04:00:00 +0000The Rolling Fields of Palousehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-10-04/the-rolling-fields-of-palouse/Often referred to as the Tuscany of America, the Palouse region of Washington State offers one of the most beautiful scenic drives in the United States. The seemingly endless rolling fields of wheat, lentils and canola offer year-round beauty for those that choose to take in the spectacular landscape.Tue, 04 Oct 2016 04:00:00 +0000Baby i cominghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-10-03/baby-i-coming/Parents Common Hoopoe bird feeding their babies.Mon, 03 Oct 2016 04:00:00 +0000Flamingos at Sunsethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-10-02/flamingos-at-sunset-1/A flock of flamingos fly over the Bahia de Cadiz at sunset.Sun, 02 Oct 2016 04:00:00 +0000Colorado Hail Stormhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-10-01/colorado-hail-storm/A severe storm drops hail and heavy rain onto a field east of Aurora, Colorado, on May 21, 2014. The flowering plants in the foreground are bent towards the storm by inflow wind rushing towards the supercell's updraft. The blue-green glow comes from large hail suspended in the storm; the hail caused significant damage in Aurora and at Denver International Airport.Sat, 01 Oct 2016 04:00:00 +0000Long cow!http://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2016-09-30/long-cow/Optical illusion or gene mutation?!Fri, 30 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 +0000