It seems like just yesterday we were marveling over the amazing photography finalists in the 15th Smithsonian.com Annual Photo Contest. We're now excited to report that Smithsonian.com recently announced their Grand Prize Winner, Readers’ Choice Winner, and six Category Winners. The judges certainly had their work cut out for them—from March 28, 2017 to November 30, 2017, the competition received 48,000 submissions from photographers in 155 countries and territories.
The winning images showcase the beautiful diversity of our world, particularly in terms of people and culture. Many of the winners offer a snapshot into a different facet of a society, whether that’s a crowd watching an outdoor wrestling match or one man meticulously bundling bunches of incense. This trend is evident in the Grand Prize image, too. Photographer Thong Huu gives us a glimpse into breakfast in northern Vietnam by capturing a picture of people as they enjoy a hot meal at a marketplace. For those familiar with this area, this might be something they've seen before—but for others across the world, it's a totally new sight.
Now, it’s your chance to enter the next competition. The 16th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest just started accepting submissions and will do so through November 30, 2018. To learn more about the categories and how you can enter, review their contest guidelines online. Good luck!