Photos | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/photos/RSS feed for the photosenTue, 19 Feb 2019 05:00:00 +0000Sea Snail Spawninghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2019-02-19/sea-snail-spawning/A female toothed top shell sea snail releases tiny greenish eggs that will be carried away with the currents, and will later be fertilized and develop into larvae in the open sea. Tue, 19 Feb 2019 05:00:00 +0000Ground Squirrel Lovehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2019-02-14/ground-squirrel-love/Intimate moment with these amazing ground squirrels. They are hidden in holes in the ground.Thu, 14 Feb 2019 05:00:00 +0000Polar Bear's Sleephttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2019-02-13/polar-bears-sleep/In recent years, the ice in Svalbard melts sooner and sooner, and as ice melts the bears are reducing their activity to save energy and fat. This bear sleeps on his last snow and hugs it with love. Wed, 13 Feb 2019 05:00:00 +0000Cloudfallhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2019-02-12/cloudfall-1/Here's an image of the marine layer creeping over the mountains of Malibu. Tue, 12 Feb 2019 05:00:00 +0000Missing Serenadehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2019-02-11/missing-serenade/When I miss someone I wish I could fly like a bird, flying above to seventh sky and finding you there... This picture is dedicated to anyone who might be missing someone special in their lifeMon, 11 Feb 2019 05:00:00 +0000Maloja Passhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2019-02-08/maloja-pass/Maloja Pass from the air. Graubünden, Switzerland.Fri, 08 Feb 2019 05:00:00 +0000Provenhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2019-02-07/proven/An alpha Galapagos shark goes on a morning stroll while I enjoy this majestic moment. There is a big misperception about sharks in today's society. They are a huge factor in why our ocean is still alive today. Without sharks, our ecosystem will not be able to survive. Respect the ocean because it is the shark's home and not ours!Thu, 07 Feb 2019 05:00:00 +0000Strongmanhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2019-02-06/strongman/Portrait of my sonWed, 06 Feb 2019 05:00:00 +0000Where Is Home?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2019-02-05/where-is-home-1/The subject in the photograph is wearing a yellow burqa and wading into the water. The landscape depicts a dark body of water with an opening in the islands. As the body goes in further, looking for the familiar semblances of home, it also goes deeper into the water, inevitably trapped and sinking.Tue, 05 Feb 2019 05:00:00 +0000Efficiencyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2019-02-04/efficiency/It is both cute and creepy seeing wild dog pups playing with an impala head, an activity which will strengthen their jaws.Mon, 04 Feb 2019 05:00:00 +0000Sharing Emotionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2019-02-01/sharing-emotion/A young boy named Shukor taking care of almost hundred of buffaloes belonging to his father. This spontaneous moment suddenly happened in front of me when a buffalo lying down against him with the same face expression. It just showed they were sharing a same emotion.Fri, 01 Feb 2019 05:00:00 +0000Stretchinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2019-01-31/stretching-1/I've been following this international circus festival in Latina for about 10 years. I stay most of the day with the artists backstage. I follow them until they get used to my presence.Thu, 31 Jan 2019 05:00:00 +0000Depression Among ATO Veteranshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2019-01-30/depression-among-ato-veterans/A photo from the series about depression among ATO veterans. The ATO is the term officially used by the Ukrainian government for Russia’s war against Ukraine in the Donbas, which has been ongoing since April 2014.Wed, 30 Jan 2019 05:00:00 +0000Shatteredhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2019-01-29/shattered-4/A fallen tree on top of Cerro Grande serves as a testament to the harsh conditions of the peak. This tree was torched in the Cerro Grande fire that started at this exact spot in 2000, and it has since been destroyed by a summer lightning storm. This is the far backcountry of Bandelier National Monument, just on the borders of the Valles Caldera and Santa Fe National Forest. The background is the South Rim of the Valles Caldera.Tue, 29 Jan 2019 05:00:00 +0000GRVTY2 No.5https://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2019-01-28/grvty2no5/Imagine, dream. Bend and break the rules. GRVTY2 tries to see the world in an unexpected way. Places you see every day, either by traveling or on a screen, are turned into something else, not just the place and its stories, but a world in which the rules are very different. A chance to escape the visual routine.Mon, 28 Jan 2019 05:00:00 +0000Outlookhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2019-01-25/outlook-4/Seen in HonoluluFri, 25 Jan 2019 05:00:00 +0000Untitledhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-of-the-day/2019-01-24/untitled-226/Break time in Manhattan, New York CityThu, 24 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 +0000