13th Annual Smithsonian Photo Contest Finalists


“Leatherback pair”. “As often as I can, I go out and explore the world's oceans with my cameras. I also strive to document the work of others protecting and conserving our environment, specifically in the world of sea turtle conservation. During nesting season, I go out with our amazing biologists, scientists and volunteers who help to protect and document sea turtle habitats in South Florida. These turtles face a huge battle of survival on their upcoming “travels”, and every person I can impact with their picture is a win!”. (Photo by Ben Hicks/Smithsonian Photo Contest)



“Orient Express”. “My bull terrier Claire photographed in an abandoned train, one of a series that I am currently working on. The series is called “Leave Only Pawprints: Urbex Adventures With My Bull Terrier Claire”. (Photo by Alice van Kempen/Smithsonian Photo Contest)



“The Martyr and the Wrap White”. “I shot this photo in August 2015 in Rome. My girlfriend and my little son were far from Rome so I had free time for me, for my passion. I decided to have a small tour of some churches in Rome (where I've lived since 2005) because the temperature was too high to spend some time outside under the sun. I took some photos in Basilica di San Giovanni and after that, I went to the Scala Santa, which is close. Inside the Scala Santa, there is a holy stair used by pilgrims, who ascend the steps on their knees. I saw this nun going out downstairs towards the light of the sun, and I shot”. (Photo by Alessandro Sgarito/Smithsonian Photo Contest)



“Remaining on the Slopes of Mount Sinabung”. “Dry tree perch with volcanic material flowed Sinabung volcano blanketed villages dsesa, as seen from the village of Jeraya, North Sumatra, Indonesia, June 26, 2015. Indonesia's Mount Sinabung intermittently spewed burning ash and gas. Warning in North Sumatra province was raised to its highest level last week as the government feared that the growing lava dome could collapse at any moment. More than 10,000 people have been evacuated to safer areas in Karo, where the volcano lies with high activity”. (Photo by Albert Ivan Damanik/Smithsonian Photo Contest)



“Under Pressure”. “This image was created underneath the Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau, Alaska. The beauty of these glaciers astounds me to this day, but as we all know, they are disappearing worldwide. The image has the ability to educate the world and give hope. Hope that with the right mindset, we can preserve the beauty that surrounds us by living sustainably. This will ensure that future generations can enjoy the same beautiful images we capture through such photographs”. (Photo by Adam Taylor/Smithsonian Photo Contest)



“Tension”. Black and white world. Smithsonian magazine received over 46,000 submissions for the 13th Annual Photo Contest divided into eight categories. (Photo by Denis Buchel/Smithsonian Photo Contest)





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