The winners and finalists of the 13th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest have finally been chosen. The final selection was whittled down from more than 46,000 submissions from photographers in 168 countries and territories.
If you’re feeling inspired, entries are now open for the 2016 contest.
“Volcanic material flows from Mount Sinabung, as seen from the village of Jeraya, North Sumatra, Indonesia on June 26, 2015.”
This photo was taken in an orphan school in Likoni, “one of the poorest neighborhoods in Mombasa, Kenya”, where the photographer was working for two months.
This firefly photo was taken over several long exposures and merged together.
The American Experience
“Transport For Christ, an international trucker ministry, has placed 45 mobile chapels at truck stops across the United States. The chapels offer Bible study, worship services and counselling from volunteer chaplains. They also give drivers a break from the struggles and solitude of life on the road.”
A separate compartment for women on a Mumbai train.
A little monkey sits in Jigokudani Monkey Park, Japan.
Clare, the Bull Terrier, photographed on an abandoned train. This photo is from a larger series called Leave Only Pawprints: Urbex Adventures With My Bull Terrier Claire.”
View the full list of finalists here.