2014 Smithsonian Photo Contest Finalists Show Nature In Its Finest Moments

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It’s that time of the year when a lot of the major photography contests reveal their winners and finalists.

We’ve recently shared with you the top photos from the Sony World Photography Awards, World Press Photo and the Wellcome Image Awards, and now it’s time for the Smithsonian’s 12th Annual Photo Contest.

Despite the multitude of contests, the Smithsonian’s finalists are all incredible photos.

Below are 15 of the 60 finalists, chosen out of 26,500 entries.

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Photos of American States Show That Food Can Be Fun

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Children love to play with their food; parents not so much. But when your father runs a food blog, playing with food is not just allowed, it becomes a joined project.

Chris Durso, creator of Foodiggity, and his eight-year-old son Cameron set off to create all 50 states out of food in a “pun-fueled” photo series call the Foodnited States of America.

The duo has just passed the halfway point and say that the remaining states will be joining New Jerky, Arkanslaw and Swissconsin within the next few months.

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Armageddon Menus of Doomsday Preppers

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Brooklyn-based food photographer Henry Hargreaves happened to meet a producer for National Geographic’s Doomsday Preppers TV show, which depicts survivalists preparing for various end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it scenarios, gaining him access to several of the participants.

The result is a rather fascinated look at the 3 million-strong sub-culture that has developed in the United States.

Hargreaves also shows us how much can be learned about a person’s religious beliefs, lifestyles, location, health and doomsday expectations just by looking at his plate.

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The 2015 Wellcome Image Awards Will Spark Your Interest In Science

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Boll weevil (Anthonomus grandis), SEM and LM composite – Daniel Kariko

The Wellcome Image Awards recognize science imaging talent and techniques and this year’s winners including some fascinating entries.

Scanning electron micrographs of a boll weevil and a greenfly’s eye, a clinical photograph of an elderly lady’s curved spine and a parasitoid wasp are just a few of the 20 winning images.

The winners were selected from all the images acquired by the Wellcome Images picture library in the past year, and are already accessible along with over 40,000 contemporary biomedical and clinical images.

Unlike other awards, the winning images, along with all content in the Wellcome Images collection, are available under Creative Commons license.

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Explore Crumbling Relics Of Time In Intriguing Photo Series Featuring Abandoned New York City

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Chances are, when you think of New York City, you imagine the large crowds of people, bright city lights, and the familiar humming and buzzing sound of big city life. Even in the subway, the city’s underbelly, New York City still pulses with life. You don’t think about all the desolate warehouses, decaying classrooms, or crumbling psychiatric wards that are sporadically speckled around the city’s five boroughs. [Read more…]

Artist and Photographer Create Muses Inspired By Picasso’s 8 Loves (NSFW)

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“For me there are only two kinds of women, goddesses and doormats”, said Pablo Picasso, perhaps the most prominent artist of the 20th century.

A recent collaboration between photographer Steve Shaw and artist Gregory Siff, inspired by the 8 loves in Picasso’s life, seems to depict the former.

The process was a first for Siff who said “I’ve never really painted onto a body then into the piece and then back onto it”.

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Photographer Dad Turns His Baby Son Into A Mini Superhero For Playful Portrait Series

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Maddex, a 1 1/2 year old boy from Seattle, Washington was born into a life of superherodom thanks to his awesome pro photographer dad, Brandon Hill. Putting his camera skills to work, Hill creates wondrous photos of his son living out some very adventurous daydreams. Whether casually relaxing on the iconic signage over Seattle’s famous Pike Place Market or precariously perched atop a telescope for some hometown sightseeing, Maddex’s charming go get ‘em attitude has our inner child begging to come out and play. [Read more…]

Test Your Attention Capacity With Skoda’s New Commercial

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If you’ve seen the invisible gorilla experiment you already know how oblivious to details we can be, even when something is right in front of us.

A brilliant new video commercial by the Czech car manufacturer uses the same principals of selective attention and seems to work even on people who know what they’re watching.

Photographers deal with including (or excluding) details on a daily basis. This leads many to believe they have an exceptional ability to notice details that others don’t.

It’s time to test just how attentive you really are.

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The Perfect Perspective for Photographing Churches

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Anybody who has visited one of the grandiose churches or cathedrals has come across this problem; how do you photograph the sheer size and magnificence of this holy architecture?

If you capture the chancel, you miss out on the ceiling murals. Try photographing the murals and you’ll probably be giving up on most of the stained glass.

One way to capture as much as possible would be a 360-degree panorama but that will result in a very distorted imaged with some of the most impressive features of the building – the ceiling, murals and unique lighting fixtures, left out of the frame.

Obviously such detail-filled gargantuan structures require an out-of-the-box solution, and this is where travel photographer Richard Silver (previously) and his vertical panoramas come into play.

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iPhone Helps Photographer Recreate Iconic Pop Culture Scenes In This Ingenious Photo Project

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Not too long ago, François Dourlen, a history professor from France, had the idea to snap a silly picture of the Napoleon statue in Cherbourg,  in which he replaced the statue with a picture of My Little Pony that he pulled up on his iPhone. The amateur photographer took the photo as a joke to share among friends, but had so much fun making the original, he was inspired to make another. As positive feedback began pouring in, Douren made another and before you know it, he had an entire collection of these fun, pop culture inspired photos.  [Read more…]