Photos | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/photos/RSS feed for the photosenWed, 23 Jan 2019 05:00:00 +0000Sunrise Over the Craterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2019-01-23/sunrise-over-the-crater/Clouds surfing over Ramon Crater. Negev Desert at sunrise, Israel Wed, 23 Jan 2019 05:00:00 +0000Woman Painting in Peruhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2019-01-22/woman-painting-in-peru/Peru is full of incredible women. All of the markets are full of amazing craftswomen weaving various yarns, selling handmade leather and silver goods, or in this case, painting masks. Their art inspires my art.Tue, 22 Jan 2019 05:00:00 +0000Last Days of Summerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2019-01-18/last-days-of-summer-coney-island/Last days of summer at Coney Island, NYCFri, 18 Jan 2019 05:00:00 +0000Conference of Egretshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2019-01-17/conference-of-egrets/Egrets enjoying the morning sunThu, 17 Jan 2019 05:00:00 +0000Swimming With Salmonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2019-01-16/swimming-with-salmon/Every year salmon spawn at the edge of this river in large numbers. Even though the lake is mainly glacier fed, we felt the need to swim through the salmon for this epic picture. Wed, 16 Jan 2019 05:00:00 +0000The Abandonmenthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2019-01-15/the-abandonment/A thoughtful woman sits at the table at the end of lunch at sunset.Tue, 15 Jan 2019 05:00:00 +0000Returnhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2019-01-14/return-7/The sea hunter returns home after a successful hunt in the Chukchi sea in Chukotka.Mon, 14 Jan 2019 05:00:00 +0000A Day in the Fieldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2019-01-11/a-day-in-the-field-1/A young farmer carried a rack of rice sprouts across the paddy field.Fri, 11 Jan 2019 05:00:00 +0000Swarming Beeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2019-01-10/swarming-bees/Beekeeper showing his hands full of beesThu, 10 Jan 2019 05:00:00 +0000Birds of Buttermerehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2019-01-09/birds-of-buttermere/The sentinels of Buttermere stand along the shore of the lake, backdropped by the dramatic Cumbrian fells. When the wind is calm the reflections are stunning in the morning, and this flock of feeding birds added a little extra to the shot.Wed, 09 Jan 2019 05:00:00 +0000Yemanajáhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2019-01-08/yemanja-1/A woman honors Yemanajá very early in the morning. Feb. 02, 2018. Salvador, Bahia. Brazil. <br></br> In Candomblé and Umbanda, every practitioner is believed to have his own tutelary orisha, which controls his or her destiny and acts as a protector. Yemanjá is one of the seven orishas. She is the patron spirit of the fishermen and the survivors of shipwrecks. She is often syncretized with either Our Lady of Regla in the Afro-Cuban diaspora or various other Virgin Mary figures of the Catholic Church, a practice that emerged during the era of the transatlantic slave trade. Tue, 08 Jan 2019 05:00:00 +0000Happy New Yearhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2019-01-07/happy-new-year-5/It is never easy to secure the best spot for New Year’s Eve fireworks in London. I arrived at least 5 hours earlier to get a nice spot to enjoy the fireworks, but my view was blocked by the selfie stick, which looked even higher than London Eye! Mon, 07 Jan 2019 05:00:00 +0000Newest Cowboy in Townhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2019-01-04/newest-cowboy-in-town/Newborn Jestin is welcomed by his father Jessie at his home in Cleveland, Mississippi.Fri, 04 Jan 2019 05:00:00 +0000Emperor Penguins in Antarcticahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2019-01-03/emperor-penguins-in-antarctica/Emperor penguins live in the ocean, but every April they move to the sea ice 70 miles away from the coast to prepare their breeding cycles for 8 months. Thu, 03 Jan 2019 05:00:00 +0000Soul of Streethttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2019-01-02/soul-of-street/ Wed, 02 Jan 2019 15:58:50 +0000Portrait of Veroniquehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2019-01-01/portrait-of-veronique-during-settimana-santa-marsala-sicily/Portrait of Veronique during Settimana Santa, Marsala, SicilyTue, 01 Jan 2019 05:00:00 +0000Walruses Reaching the Beach to Resthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2018-12-31/walrus-reaching-the-beach-to-rest/After entering the bay, sleeping on the rocks at the foot of the cliff for weeks, walruses eventually reach the bottom where a sandy beach welcomes them for a month. In the meantime, the temperature dropped and snow appeared in the surroundings. There will be around 90,000 walrus on the beach and 30,000 more in the waters around it.Mon, 31 Dec 2018 05:00:00 +0000Hungerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2018-12-28/hunger-7/If they had spotted me, the cormorants would have stayed at least 300 metres away. Thanks to my underwater hide they came so close that I had to keep the window closed with magnets so that they could not push their way in.Fri, 28 Dec 2018 05:00:00 +0000Fresh Coathttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2018-12-27/fresh-coat/The reverence for the relics held within Ruwanwelisaya is evidenced in part by the loving care given to the site's upkeep. The methods used to ascend the stupa are as timeless as the structure itself. Thu, 27 Dec 2018 05:00:00 +0000Grave on the Salt Flatshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2018-12-26/grave-on-the-salt-flats/While working on a story about Lithium mining, I came across this grave in the middle of the salt flats of Salar de Uyuni. Wed, 26 Dec 2018 05:00:00 +0000The Queen of the Nighthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2018-12-21/the-queen-of-the-night/This image was a once in a lifetime experience, photographed from an underground hide at Zimanga Private Game Reserve in South Africa. While one when can only dream that a pride of lions would come to drink, it became a reality when the local pride arrived just before 19h00...Fri, 21 Dec 2018 05:00:00 +0000Road to Ruinhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2018-12-20/road-to-ruin-1/Syria, January 2017 - Large parts of Homs are completely destroyed. Nevertheless, some residents come back and try to rebuild their homes. Three quarters of Homs consists of ruins. Taxi drives through ruins.Thu, 20 Dec 2018 05:00:00 +0000Resistancehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2018-12-19/resistance-2/This photograph was taken during the road safety protest in Bangladesh. Students were asking a police vehicle driver whether he had a valid driving license.The police driver didn't have any license & the students blocked the police vehicle for this. Wed, 19 Dec 2018 05:00:00 +0000Always by My Sidehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2018-12-18/always-by-my-side/In this photo you can see two polar bears - mother and her cub, standing on the edge of the ice.Tue, 18 Dec 2018 05:00:00 +0000Delacroix-Like Dancehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2018-12-17/delacroix-like-dance/A group of cowboys takes to the dance floor at Club Black Castle in Ruleville, Mississippi.Mon, 17 Dec 2018 05:00:00 +0000Red-Fronted Brown Lemurhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2018-12-14/red-fronted-brown-lemur-1/A red-fronted brown lemur, from Kirindy, MadagascarFri, 14 Dec 2018 05:00:00 +0000Dump Yard Workerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2018-12-13/dump-yard-worker-1/Kashem moved to the city several decades back in search of livelihood. He collects plastic bottles from the dump yard & sells the bottles in the nearby plastic recycling factory. He was exhausted from working in such scorching weather.Thu, 13 Dec 2018 05:00:00 +0000Surekha Mobilehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2018-12-12/surekha-mobile/Surekha watches some Nepalese and Indian movies on her friend’s smartphone at her house. Her family is in India, where her father is working as a security guard. Wed, 12 Dec 2018 05:00:00 +0000Bathhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2018-12-11/bath-4/A pygmy cormorant shakes itself after emerging to the surface. The unique effect of the scene is due to the drops of water which moved because of the long shutter speed. Tue, 11 Dec 2018 05:00:00 +0000Hippopotamushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2018-12-10/a-hippopotamus-lake-naivasha/A hippopotamus, Lake NaivashaMon, 10 Dec 2018 05:00:00 +0000Raskullhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2018-12-07/alister-sherie/Lost and Found is a portrait series that examines the individual souls of lost youth who abandon home to travel around the country by hitchhiking and freight train hopping. Within their personal journey driven by wanderlust, escapism or a search for transient jobs, they find a new family in their traveling friends. Fri, 07 Dec 2018 05:00:00 +0000Pinkish Disasterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2018-12-06/pinkish-disaster/Urmia Lake in Iran is drying as an effect of global warming and mistakes in hydrological policy. Thu, 06 Dec 2018 05:00:00 +0000A Hasidic Child at the Margins of a Kapparot Ritualhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2018-12-05/a-hasidic-orthodox-child-at-the-margins-of-kapparot-ritual/Kapparot (symbolic "atonement") rite consists of waving a chicken over one's head while reciting the appropriate text, and is done before Yom Kippur (the holiest day in Judaism). Wed, 05 Dec 2018 05:00:00 +0000Guardians of Lighthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2018-12-04/guardians-of-light/As they bound across the snowy tundra of Iceland, these horses remain unafraid. The Icelandic horses are prized for their resiliency and demeanor, which comes out in the Winter as they seem undaunted by the extreme and temperamental weather. Tue, 04 Dec 2018 05:00:00 +0000Stadiumhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2018-12-03/stadium-1/stadiumMon, 03 Dec 2018 05:00:00 +0000Giddy Up, Partnerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2018-11-30/giddy-up-partner/A lava lizard hitches a ride atop a marine iguana on Fernandina Island, Galapagos. Fri, 30 Nov 2018 05:00:00 +0000SOS! Flying Shark!https://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2018-11-29/sos-flying-shark/Danger! Sharks in action!! Who would have thought??? ... photo from the BOYHOOD series. Summertime 2018Thu, 29 Nov 2018 05:00:00 +0000Walrus Beach Mastershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2018-11-28/walrus-beach-masters/Walrus male and female on the beach of Svalbard, the male got out of the water first and waiting for the female to join him. Behind them is the melting fjord they call home.Wed, 28 Nov 2018 05:00:00 +0000Exodushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2018-11-27/exodus-4/A Central American family rests on the outskirts of Tapanatepec on the morning of October 29, while the Central American caravan walks to the next point on the route, Niltepec, Oaxaca. The caravan of the Central Americans plans to reach the United States. The president of the United States, Donald Trump, has threatened to cancel the recent trade agreement with Mexico and keep the Central American countries if the caravan does not stop before reaching the United States.Tue, 27 Nov 2018 05:00:00 +0000Weaveshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2018-11-26/weaves/ Mon, 26 Nov 2018 05:00:00 +0000Frozen Amur Riverhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2018-11-23/frozen-amur-river/This extremely remote region is one of the coldest in the world. For this reason, a number of Chinese electric-car manufacturers have chosen it as their winter testing site for their new prototype electric cars, like this prototype EV of Chinese Slovenian joint venture APG Elaphe. Here in the middle of nowhere on a frozen Amur river (border between China and Russia), the Chinese engineers are taking the future for a test spin.Fri, 23 Nov 2018 05:00:00 +0000The Living Goddess of Nepalhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2018-11-21/the-living-goddess-of-nepal-1/The Living Goddess of Patan, who has been selected just 4 months ago and who is 6 years old, poses for a portrait in the worshiping room of her new home inside the Kumari Temple of Patan, in Kathmandu Valley. Picked up from the Nepalese Newari community at the age from 3 to 6, she is believed to be the personification of the Goddess Taleju or Devi, worshipped both by Hindus and Buddhists. Despite there are different Living Goddesses or Kumaris (princess or un-married girl) in Nepal, the most important ones are the Kumaris of Kathmandu and Patan. Wed, 21 Nov 2018 05:00:00 +0000Toilet Paper Modelhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2018-11-20/toilet-paper-model-1/Every year in Rome the Roma Pride celebration takes place, a peaceful parade through the streets of the capital. <br></br> A little girl plays with a broom and parades down the street wrapped in toilet paper carried by her following parents. In the last few years of Roma Pride, more families have participated by parading along the streets with their children.Tue, 20 Nov 2018 05:00:00 +0000Guardian Angelhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2018-11-19/guardian-angel-7/In her father's shop in Bushnell Nebraska, she watches over a newborn calf that had a difficult delivery. The way she cradled his head with her hands was so tender and gentle. It was obvious it came from a place of love.Mon, 19 Nov 2018 05:00:00 +0000Oh Lord!https://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2018-11-16/oh-lord-save-me-from-all-the-evil/Oh Lord! Save me from all the evil..... This huge-eyed primate is one of the unforgettable memories of my wilderness journeys in Wilpattu National Park. A distraught voice was heard a little after dawn from a close by patch of shrub. This frightened, innocent creature, a gray slender loris, was found almost covered by cobwebs. <br></br> Though it howled in agony, we were not able to find out a particular reason. It clinged onto a branch of a shrub and curled up using his spindly limbs and slender body. I still could remember the way it looked adorably with its huge rounded eyes just before vanishing from the scene, leaving this memorably beautiful image to all of us. <br></br> All species of lorises are worldwide considered the most evolutionarily distinct. It is our duty to protect this creature who is now in serious danger of extinction due to loss of habitat.Fri, 16 Nov 2018 05:00:00 +0000Cubhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2018-11-15/cub/Most bear cubs are not killed by relatives. In order to prevent the killing, females try to mate with as many males as possible so they will not be a threat to her cubs.Thu, 15 Nov 2018 05:00:00 +0000Catching the Bullhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2018-11-14/catching-the-bull/The Jallikattu festival in Tamil Nadu, the local people play sport of catching the bull.Wed, 14 Nov 2018 05:00:00 +0000Portrait in the Mirrorhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2018-11-13/portrait-in-the-mirror-1/Taras is the name of the person you see on the picture. Earlier this year Taras was diagnosed with cancer. He is a young guy passionate about photography. The whole city was collecting money to help him cure. Tue, 13 Nov 2018 05:00:00 +0000Road to Ruinhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2018-11-12/road-to-ruin-2/Syria, January 2017 - Destroyed street alley in east Aleppo. Residents who have returned to the streets. A child and his mom search a beauty shop for nail polish and other non-broken things.Mon, 12 Nov 2018 05:00:00 +0000Hindu Prayershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2018-11-09/hindu-prayers-in-a-fasting-and-lighting-of-lamps-festival/In the evening, hundreds of Hindu devotees sit and pray with lamps and food in the Baba Loknath temple during the fasting ceremony known as Rakher Upobash. The fasters will break fasting by eating when all the lamps burn out. Location: Samibag, Dhaka, Bangladesh.Fri, 09 Nov 2018 05:00:00 +0000Polar Bear Scratch https://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2018-11-08/polar-bear-scratch/Polar bear cub cleaning off his coat after a swim in the Arctic iceThu, 08 Nov 2018 05:00:00 +0000Little Boy and the Lambshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2018-11-07/little-boy-and-the-lambs/Happiness of a little boy playing with cute lambs after feeding themWed, 07 Nov 2018 05:00:00 +0000Tongue-Tied Foxhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2018-11-06/tongue-tied-fox/A red fox opens his mouth to yawn and sticks his tongue out against his cheek. Tue, 06 Nov 2018 05:00:00 +0000Pehlwanihttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2018-11-05/pehlwani/Indian mud wresting or kushti (also known as pehlwani) in akharas (place of the wrestling and wrestlers) is not just an ancient sport, but a way of life, taught through generations of guru (teacher) and shishyas (pupils). The brotherhood of the men living in akharas practice a strict diet, discipline and sacrifice from distractions in order to prepare their bodies and minds, learning techniques, gathering strength and speed for the sport. Many Olympians of India have originated from these akharas.Mon, 05 Nov 2018 05:00:00 +0000Young Revolutionerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2018-11-02/young-revolutioner/MARCH 24, 2018: March For Our Lives is a movement dedicated to student-led activism around ending gun violence and the epidemic of mass shootings in schools today. Los Angeles, CA.Fri, 02 Nov 2018 04:00:00 +0000Hungry Hipposhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2018-11-01/hungry-hippos/This by far was the highlight of my trip to Tanzania. A giant hippo party, which was super VIP. But I knew exactly how to get in. Something they couldn't resist. A game of Hungry Hungry Hippos!Thu, 01 Nov 2018 04:00:00 +0000Awakehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2018-10-31/awake/“AWAKE” is a photo series expresses the ambiguous emotions and sensitive inner mental struggles of the young female identity. <br></br> As one of the young females going through a time of transition from adolescence into fully-fledged adulthood, I often questioned and confused about my self-identity. All these feelings of self-doubt, insecurity, being lost, and depression has dragged me down to the bottom of inner darkness. I started to imagine what’s the color of feeling hope. With a pastel color tone in my work, I aim to highlight the feminine emotion, struggling through with a grasp of faith. <br></br> In photographing this phenomenon, I chose to leave an ambiguous state to the viewers: Is she coming up or drowning? It is this vague emotional moment that I search for as she self-expresses through body languages. Elaine is an albino, born to be different from others. After going through years of severe drug and alcohol abuse, she determined to start a clean new life. There was this a raw energy and vitality present that connected us as we are all struggling and working on becoming better selves. Photographing young females becomes a way of gazing back into myself as well as a method of healing the inner struggles, with compassion and understanding. Wed, 31 Oct 2018 04:00:00 +0000Fireworkshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2018-10-30/fireworks-31/A woman is watching the preparations for an evening of fireworksTue, 30 Oct 2018 04:00:00 +0000Lake Bosumtwi Fishermanhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2018-10-29/lake-bosumtwi-fisherman/This sacred lake was created when a giant meteorite crashed in what was once a lush rainforest. Lake Bosumtwi is revered by locals as sacred. Souls are said to say goodbye to God at Lake Bosumtwi.Mon, 29 Oct 2018 04:00:00 +0000Flying at the Infamous Mara River Crossingshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2018-10-28/flying-at-the-infamous-crossings-at-the-mara-river/The night before we noticed a huge amount of wildebeest gathering. We decided to rise very early be there before sunrise with the hope they would start crossing with perfect light conditions. And so they did.Sun, 28 Oct 2018 04:00:00 +0000Returning Into the Churchhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2018-10-27/returning-into-the-church/At the end of the 24-hour Good Friday procession in Trapani, the statue of the Madonna mourning is carried backwards into the church accompanied by the exhausted girls and women.Sat, 27 Oct 2018 04:00:00 +0000Divashttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2018-10-26/divas/Friends try to take their best pictures on a sunny afternoon in Hong Kong.Fri, 26 Oct 2018 04:00:00 +0000