The 12th Annual Smithsonian Photo Contest Winners

Smithsonian has just announced the winners of their 12th Annual Photo Contest. The winners were selected from over 26,500 entries by photographers from 93 different countries.

Pham Ty was awarded the grand prize for his photo of seamstresses sewing a fishing net in a small Vietnamese village. Six category winners were also selected along with two Readers’ Choice winners, who were the top vote getters from over 10,000 votes received.

For the complete list of finalists and winners, visit Smithsonian.com where you can also enter next year’s contest.

Grand Prize
Pham Ty

The 12th Annual Smithsonian Photo Contest Winners

Women of a small village near Vinh Hy Bay, Vietnam, sew a fishing net while their husbands fish. (Vinh Hy Bay, Ninh Thuan, Vietnam, November 2013, Sony NEX-6)

Natural World : Winner
Lorenzo Mittiga

The 12th Annual Smithsonian Photo Contest Winners

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A green iguana surfaces for air. “I had decided to take some over/under water photographs of the sunset from inside one of my favorite Bonaire caves. There I was, fully equipped with my wetsuit, fins, mask and snorkel and my camera…when a curious friend interrupted my solitude,” says Mittiga. (Bonaire, Netherlands, June 2014, Canon Eos 7D)

Travel : Winner
David Martín Huamaní Bedoya

The 12th Annual Smithsonian Photo Contest Winners

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Fireworks shower onlookers in sparks during Holy Week celebrations in Acobamba, Tarma, Peru. (Acobamba, Tarma, Peru, April 2014, Canon EOS 5D Mark II)

People : Winner
Joydeep Mukherjee

The 12th Annual Smithsonian Photo Contest Winners

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A mother plays with her child in a flooded room, near the banks of the Ganges River. (Kolkata, West Bengal, India, August 2013, Nikon D600)

Americana : Winner
Olivier Douliery

The 12th Annual Smithsonian Photo Contest Winners

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President Barack Obama stands in the Oval Office of the White House. (Washington, D.C., October 2014, Nikon D4)

Altered Images : Winner
Jefflin Ling

The 12th Annual Smithsonian Photo Contest Winners

A house built for fishermen stands alone in the middle of the sea. “I was pleased to bring out the beauty of lonely,” says Ling. (Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia, April 2014, Nikon D800E)

Mobile : Winner
Yilang Peng

The 12th Annual Smithsonian Photo Contest Winners

Reading in the National Library of China (Beijing, China, June 2014, iPhone 5s)

Readers’ Choice 1
Nicolas Reusens

The 12th Annual Smithsonian Photo Contest Winners

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“During my latest trip to Costa Rica I managed to photograph this beautiful snake in the worst of all situations (for the frog of course),” says Reusens. (Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica, May 2014, Canon 5D Mark III)

Readers’ Choice 1
Álvaro Cubero Vega

The 12th Annual Smithsonian Photo Contest Winners

© Álvaro Cubero Vega / Smithsonian.com Photo Contest

The caracolera is a common, but restless snake. “Getting a photograph of his whole body was the challenge,” says Cubero Vega. (Selva Verde Lodge, Sarapiqui, Costa Rica, September 2014, Canon 5D Mark II)