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13th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest
Jade

Little Jade (age 2) seeks refuge in her mother’s arms during an unusually hot 4th of July in Barrow, Alaska. For every Independence Day celebration, a baby pageant called Top of the World is held. Local babies hit the runways with full traditional attires made of different furs hunted by family members, designed and hand-stitched. Each piece that Jade is wearing was confectioned by her mother. Given the high temperatures, keeping the kids wearing their heavy parkas was an ordeal. Having a 70°F degree day in Arctic Alaska is rarity even during the summer, when temperatures average 42°F.

This photo is a finalist in The American Experience category of our 13th Annual Photo Contest. See all 70 finalists here.

TAGS: Alaska, Arctic, Celebration, July 4th, Native American, United States

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El Paso, Texas, United States of America
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Photo of the Day: 03.04.16 Editors' Pick Finalist
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© Florencia Mazza Ramsay.
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Image Source: digital
Date Taken: 07.2015
Total Views: 10705
Filed Under: The American Experience
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Date Uploaded: Nov. 17, 2015, 7:18 p.m.
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Camera Model: Canon EOS-1D X
Focal Length: 100mm
Shutter Speed: 1/250
Aperture: f14
ISO: ISO1000
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PHOTO LOCATION Barrow, Alaska, United States of America