We are excited to announce the finalists of the 15th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest. This year, we received 48,000 submissions from photographers in 155 countries and territories. From dynamic portraits to breathtaking landscapes, these 60 images stood out to our photo editors as the most unique and memorable.
Voting for the Readers’ Choice winner is now open! Come back each day to vote for your favorite finalist. Voting is limited to one vote per user per day and runs through 2:00 pm Eastern Standard Time on March 26.
Sunday, Mar 25th 2018 (12:00am)
Whether you’re a fan of Nirvana or not, chances are that you’re familiar with the cover of their Nevermind album. It’s the one with a naked baby chasing a dollar in a swimming pool, and a reader’s poll for Rolling Stone magazine rated it as the third most iconic cover of all time.
Well believe it or not, that little baby – named Spencer Elden – is now 25 years old, and in homage to the album’s quarter century anniversary, he recently decided to recreate the pose that made him famous.
Thursday, Mar 15th 2018 (12:01am)
If you're unfamiliar with fractals, read up on how they are the result of mathematical equations. Yeah, there's math in them thar lines, gradients, and fills.
If you wanted to see a slow, deep Mandelbrot zoom, you can now cross that item off of your bucket list.
Tuesday, Jan 9th 2018 (1:51pm)
600 award-winning Reuters photojournalists worked across the world to document both major historic moments and the human stories that might otherwise have gone unnoticed.
The team won the Pulitzer Prize in the Breaking News Photography category in 2016, and in 2017, their efforts have only continued.
Ahead, take a look at 50 of the most amazing photos captured by Reuters in 2017.
Monday, Jan 8th 2018 (3:58pm)
Joachim Munter, a talented photographer who lives in Helsinki, Finland has captured the innate beauty and magical personalities of the various animals who populate the Finnish forest. In these photos, Munter’s connection with the animals is evident; birds perch on his hand, a fox smiles for the camera, a squirrel lies upon a tree limb without a worry in the world while a little field mouse shows off some ill-gotten bounty.
Sunday, Dec 31st 2017 (12:00am) | Thanks: Squid
The British Ecological Society has announced the winners of its annual photo competition, and it features fantastic photos of fearsome predators pouncing on prey, a freakishly rare ocelot, and a crafty chameleon doing what a chameleon does best.
Thursday, Dec 14th 2017 (12:01am)
Flooding in Venice is pretty common, but the most recent flood left 70% of central Venice under water. I'm amazed by how people seem to be taking it in stride - ordering espresso, having pizza for lunch and even swimming in Piazza San Marco!
Panoramic shots are fairly easy to take these days. Most cell phones have a special setting with onscreen instructions, meaning pretty much anyone can take one of these sweeping shots. But with that worldwide surge of panoramic photos being taken comes a secondary phenomenon that no one anticipated – the nightmarish mutants that appear in failed attempts. Let's just say that when a panoramic shot goes wrong, it really goes wrong.
Sure, we've all seen old metal signs posted on trees and the glorious woody trunks begin to engulf them over time. Here is a group that has posted a gallery of them, and many other items (e.g. fences, chains, stairways, etc.)
Sunday, Jun 4th 2017 (12:01am)
Fanny Caritte, Miléna Georgeault and Maxime Gouyou Beauchamps were the winners of the 2015 Takhini Hot Pools hair freezing contest near Whitehorse. Georgeault says her hairdo took about half an hour to create.
Tuesday, Mar 21st 2017 (12:00am) | Thanks: lesbianjesus
I combine two topics here (Pictures and Advertising) because I'm talented like that.
If you want to see more of these, there is an attribution at the end of the article with a link to a Facebook page with plenty more.
Thursday, Mar 2nd 2017 (11:11am)
These images were taken from atop the Empire State Building and is of course interactive.
The largest photo ever made of NYC. 360 degree New York City gigapixel. If you printed this image at a standard photo resolution of 300DPI, it would be 18 meters or 57 feet wide, and 9 meters / 28 feet tall.
Wednesday, Dec 21st 2016 (12:02am)
San Francisco photographer Nick Steinberg has captured absolutely stunning images of the famous San Francisco fog rolling in waves that sweep over the Marin Headlands to blanket the valley in between. In the company of other photographers such as Lorenzo Montezemolo, Steinberg spent a great many a chilly night atop Mount Tamalpais to capture these gorgeous images amongst his others.
Sunday, Dec 11th 2016 (12:01am)
Conspiracy theorists be damned, even if you think the moon landings were faked, here are some pretty pictures taken by the astronauts themselves in a new coffee table book.
Sunday, Nov 20th 2016 (12:06am)
... to Recreate the Remarkable Images:
Paramedic Chris Porsz spent hours walking around the city of Peterborough, Cambridgeshire (Great Britain) in the late 1970s and 80s, taking candid shots of punks and policemen, siblings and sweethearts, traders and teenagers. More than three decades later, Chris has reconstructed a handful of his favourite photos from his collection. He spent the last seven years tracking down the people in his pictures and persuading them to pose once again. His hard work paid off and he has now published his photos in a new book, "Reunions".
Friday, Nov 18th 2016 (12:00am)
Your most productive day of the week?
Nothing! Player's off!
Patriots Day (2016)
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