Smithsonian Photo Contest 2014

These are the finalists in the 11th annual Smithsonian Photo Contest.
After looking through more than 50,000 photographs submitted by photographers from 132 different countries, the judges selected ten from each of six categories: The Natural World, Travel, People, Americana, Altered Images and Mobile.
In this gallery, a selection from three of the categories. For Best Wildlife, Travel and People Pictures.

Natural World finalist John Matzick (Port Hadlock, Washington)

Natural World finalist Christopher Doherty (North Palm Beach, Florida)

Natural World finalist Daniel D'Auria (Tabernacle, New Jersey)

Natural World finalist Graham McGeorge (Jacksonville, Florida)

Natural World finalist Karen Lunney (Brisbane, Australia)

Natural World finalist José De Rocco (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Natural World finalist Richard Masters (Quebec City, Canada)

People finalist David Lazar (Brisbane, Australia)

People finalist Simon Morris (Bridgend, United Kingdom)

People finalist Yasir Nisar (Lahore, Pakistan)

Travel finalist Matthew Zheng (San Francisco, California)

Travel finalist Stefano Coltelli (San Miniato, Italy)

Travel finalist Vo Anh Kiet (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)


Marvelous Silhouette Photography - 1

A silhouette is the image of a person, an object or scene represented as a solid shape of a single colour, usually black, its edges matching the outline of the subject. The interior of a silhouette is featureless, and the whole is typically presented on a light background, usually white, or none at all, but many photographers use the technique of photographing against the light, to achieve an image in silhouette. The silhouette differs from an outline which depicts the edge of an object in a linear form, while a silhouette appears as a solid shape.  In this post we’ve present some amazing silhouette photographs to inspire you. Enjoy viewing!

I Love Sunsets 
Credits to: Daniel Bassett

Going Home
Credits to: Giovanni Gori

Boardwalk Sihouette 
Credits to: Saltburger

The Penultimate Sunset of 2007
Credits to: Luis Montemayor

My Heart Will Go On 
Credits to: Michal Walczak ( meehow.w)

Coolest Optical Illusions -1

By using your camera to distort reality is one of the coolest aspects in photography. With the aid of unusual composition, natural elements, lights, color, right angles and even photo editing software, you can confuse the mind and trick the eye of the viewers and create works of art. Viewing the photos below will make you think "how they did that?" or just stare the picture and laugh.

Obama Wizard
Credits to: Carolyn Kaster 

Kick Back
Credits to: Tatiana Mikhina

Blacksmith Dove
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 Full Moon Olympic Rings London Bridge 2012 
Credits to: Luke MacGrego (reuters)

Flower Petals Skirt
Credits to: Tatiana Mikhina

Halfmoon End Tip Evil over Church
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Stunning High Speed Photography - 1

High-speed photography is the science of taking pictures of very fast phenomena. In 1948, the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers defined high-speed photography as any set of photographs captured by a camera capable of 128 frames per second or greater, and of at least three consecutive frames. High-speed photography can be considered to be the opposite of time-lapse photography.

Gun Shot  
Credits to: Niels Noordhoek

Banana Split 
Credits to: Jasper-Nance

Crayons Bullet
 Credits to: Khuong Nguyen

Soap Explosions 
Credits to: Jasper Nance

Shot of a Drop Shot
Credits to: Lex Augusteijn

Quick Shutter Speed on Water - 1

The photos below are a dream shot of every photographers. Because it's success to catch at the right moment. Speed -- Use a very fast shutter speed to freeze water in motion or go to a slow shutter speed to blur the water for an artistic effect.

Here fishie fishie!
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Summer Shower
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Water Bowl Cat
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People Getting Owned
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Well Timed !
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Amazing Timely Shot in Sports - 1

In order to have a perfect and crystal-clear shot photograph of something traveling toward you at high speed like a car and motorbike racing, a speeding train, a pack of bicyclists, your focus has to be spot-on. You have to anticipate where the subject will be when the shutter opens, which means you’ll have to press the shutter a fraction of a second before the subject reaches the point at which you want to photograph it.

Born to Surf III
Credits to: Lina Ianeva

Finish Line !
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Kims Portrait
Credits to: Paul Kennedy

Jet Ski Ride 
Credits to: Hrvoje Dombaj

Motorbike Stunt
Credits to: Ogre Photography

The American Landscape 2013 Annual Photo Contest Winners

The Outdoor Photographer, The American Landscape 2013 Annual Photo Contest is a yearly contest (first quarter) for the residents of the 50 States of America and District of Columbia, who are 18 years of age or older. And here are the winners and the finalist.

Grand Prize Winner 
Michael Sherman

Second Place Winner 
Jeff Stasney

Third Place Winner
Dulaurence "Duke" Miller

The Finalist
Dana Meadow Tarn at Sunrise 
Claire Curran

Edisto Island Tree in the Sea 
Roger Raepple

Eternal Curves 
Yiming Hu

Mesa Arch Sunrise 
Kunal Mehra

Misty Wonderland 
Jim Fox

Rainbow at Artist Point 
Jeffrey Klug

Patrick Downey

Sunrise at White Sands 
Jeanne Frasse

Through Arch-Mountain and Moon 
Nitin Kansal

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