The votes have been tallied and the winners are in! After receiving a staggering 48,000 submissions, the Smithsonian.com 14th Annual Photo Contest has just announced the talented photographers who took the top prizes in their competition. Year after year, it remains one of our favorite photo contests because of the unique perspectives it showcases from across the world—2016 saw entries from 146 countries and territories. From this wide selection, the judges pared down the images to 70 finalists and now nine winners, including the coveted Readers’ Choice.
This year, photographer Pradeep Raja Kannaiah was awarded the Grand Prize for his image titled Ramadan Prayers. The photo, which was also a Travel category finalist, features a shot of women praying inside of the Jakarta’s Istiqlal Mosque during Ramadan. But rather than being a straightforward photo, Kannaiah has created a palpable sense of motion by using a subtle double exposure effect. As the women stand up and down, traces of their past movements are visible in the shot, as if there are ghosts standing beside them.
You can see all of the winners and finalists of Smithsonian.com’s 14th Annual Photo Contest here. And if you’re eager to enter next year’s competition, now’s your chance—the 15th Annual Photo Contest is now open for submissions. Good luck!
Check out the spectacular winners of Smithsonian.com’s 14th Annual Photo Contest.