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Winners of the 2015 National Geographic Photo Contest

National Geographic Magazine just announce the winners of this year's photo contest. The Grand Prize Winner, James Smart, will receive $10,000 and a three-day trip to National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., to participate in the annual National Geographic Photography Seminar. Gathered …

Nature

Today in History: January 4

A look at various events that took place on this day, January 4, photographed over the past century. Today’s collection includes scenes from World War II, voiceover work for Popeye cartoons, President Franklin Roosevelt’s massive globe, a newly discovered coelacanth, safety airbags designed for …

The 2016 Harbin Ice and Snow Festival

Every year, in northeast China's Heilongjiang province, the city of Harbin hosts the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, featuring massive ice and snow sculptures—more than a million visitors are anticipated this year. At night, the sculptures are colorfully illuminated and …

Fifth Avenue Then and Now: A Century of Streetviews in NYC

The New York Public Library has recently released even more digitized images from their vast collection, including more than 180,000 in the public domain. While browsing, one of the first collections I came across was a book published in 1911, titled <i>Fifth Avenue, New York, From Start to Finish</i>, …

Manhattan

The New Lives of Decommissioned Swiss Army Bunkers

Reuters photographer Arnd Wiegmann has been visiting and documenting some of the thousands of military bunkers and fortresses installed across Switzerland, most dating back to Word War II. Most of the bunkers have now been decommissioned and sold, as the threat of immediate invasion has …

Tattooing the Name of God on Your Body as an Act of Faith and Defiance

A century ago, low-caste Hindus, deemed ‘untouchables,’ faced widespread discrimination, and were not allowed to attend temples alongside those in the higher castes. In the Indian state of Chhattisgarh, a group called Ramnamis arose, who began to tattoo the name of the Hindu god Ram on their …

Photos of the Week: 1/9-1/15

Wild horses in Northern Ireland, a ‘No Pants Subway Ride’ in NYC, icy weather across the north, the unveiling of a new Titanosaur fossil display, a glass shoe-shaped church in Taiwan, tributes to David Bowie, and much more.

The Huskies of Aviemore

In Aviemore, northern Scotland, huskies and sledders are now preparing for the 33rd annual Aviemore Sled Dog Race, organized by the Siberian Husky Club of Great Britain. The race is run by over 1,000 sled dogs pulling 250 mushers around Loch Morlich, in the Cairngorm mountains. Gathered below are …

Photos of the Week: 1/16-1/22

Taiwan’s first woman president, an ice-covered grain silo in Iowa (for ice climbing), migrants continued arrivals in Europe despite harsh weather conditions, a visit to a ski resort in Iran, testing a spacesuit in France, a virtual reality world premiere event in Switzerland, an abandoned Pentagon …

The Looting of Syria's Archaeological Treasures

In contested areas of Syria, thousands of archaeological sites are being systematically looted by unknown parties, the treasures sold off, disappearing into the black market. ISIS has infamously looted and destroyed a number of sites over the past few years—but they are not alone. A recent study in …

Photos of the Week: 1/30-2/5

Revelers in Brazil prepare for Carnival, Dutch police train an eagle to capture drones in midair, a captured monkey menace in Mumbai, a kiss after a fight in London, Russian infantry training with reindeer, a mock zebra escape in a Tokyo zoo, a crane collapse in New York, and much more.

Historic Photos of the Lincoln Memorial

Over the President’s Day weekend, it was announced that the 94-year-old Lincoln Memorial is set to undergo a major renovation. The philanthropist ​David Rubenstein said he would be giving $18 million to help fix up the structure and expand the facilities. The Associated Press reports “the money …

Animals in the News

It’s time once again for a look at the animal kingdom and our interactions with the countless species that share our planet. Today’s photos include genetically modified mosquitoes in Brazil, a zoo in China where visitors are caged while visiting the tigers, the Faquetaique Courir Mardi Gras chicken …

The Extraordinary Career of the Photojournalist Max Desfor

The photographer Max Desfor covered many of the most significant events and personalities of the 20th century while working for the Associated Press. Beginning in the 1930s, Desfor traveled the world, photographing daily life, unrest, celebrities, warfare, and more. Much of his reporting took place …

The 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

The Sony World Photography Awards, an annual competition hosted by the World Photography Organisation, just announced its shortlist of winners for 2016. This year's contest attracted 230,103 entries from 186 countries. The organizers have again been kind enough to share some of their shortlisted …

The 2016 Underwater Photographer of the Year Contest

Organizers of the Underwater Photographer of the Year Contest have just announced their winning photos for 2016. The winner Davide Lopresti beat entrants from 54 different countries with his portrait of a spiny seahorse taken in Trieste, Italy. Prizes and commendations were also handed out in a …

Smithsonian Magazine's 2015 Photo Contest

The editors of <i>Smithsonian</i> magazine have just announced the finalists in their 13th annual photo contest, selected from more than 46,000 entries sent in from 168 countries. They've kindly allowed me to share several of these images here from the competition's six categories: The Natural World, …

Images of Earth From a Year in Space

On February 29, the NASA astronaut Scott Kelly will turn over command of the International Space Station to astronaut Tim Kopra, then prepare to return to Earth after spending nearly a year in space. Last March, Kelly and cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko launched into low Earth orbit aboard the ISS, and …

Photos of the Week: 2/27-3/4

Shanghai in a sea of clouds, a photographer arrested at a Trump rally, the new World Trade Center transportation hub in New York, protests in Honduras and Venezuela, tearing down “the Jungle” in Calais, the Tungurahua Volcano erupting in Ecuador, the Arabian Oryx Sanctuary in the UAE, and much more.

Svalbard: Halfway Between Norway and the North Pole

Svalbard is a Norwegian group of islands located in the Arctic Ocean north of continental Norway, about 650 miles (1,050 kilometers) from the North Pole. It is the northernmost year-round settlement on Earth, with a population of about 2,200. Recently, Svalbard has been trying to move its economy …

Photos of the Week: 3/5-3/11

A tiny island disputed between Uganda and Kenya, a super bloom in Death Valley, an arctic weasel in Norway, a solar eclipse viewed from Indonesia, a Major Lazer concert in Cuba, Olympic training in Rio de Janeiro, a dramatic calving of Argentina’s Perito Moreno Glacier, and much more.

Building a Photo Ark

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Wildlife

Photos of the Week: 3/12-3/18

A human-robot embrace in Germany, a 3-D portrait of Vladimir Putin at a library for the blind in Siberia, dangerous levels of pollution in the skies above Mexico City, preparations for a launch to the ISS at at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Marco Rubio drops out of the presidential race in …

Turning Off the Lights: Earth Hour 2016

On March 19, iconic landmarks and skylines were plunged into darkness as people and businesses around the world participated in Earth Hour 2016, turning off their lights for an hour at 8:30 p.m. local time. Earth Hour was organized by the World Wildlife Fund in 2007 as a way to bring attention to …

The Winners of the Smithsonian Magazine's 2015 Photo Contest

<i>Smithsonian</i> magazine has just announced the winning entries in their 13th annual photo contest, selected from more than 46,000 entries sent in from 168 countries. They've shared the Grand Prize winner here, as well as the winning shots from the competition's six categories: The Natural World, …

Images From Offworld

Robotic probes launched by NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), and others are gathering information all across the solar system. We currently have spacecraft in orbit around the Sun, Venus, Earth, Mars, Ceres, a comet, and Saturn; two operational rovers on Mars; and a recent close flyby of Pluto …

Remembering Cecil the Lion

For the last decade, Brent Stapelkamp has been studying and photographing lions with Oxford University's Hwange Lion Research Project. The Zimbabwe group's work gained international attention after Cecil, a 13-year-old local favorite, was shot and killed by a Minnesota dentist last year. “Thousands …

Looking Back On Queen Elizabeth's 90 Years

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II is celebrating her 90th birthday, and ceremonies will be taking place across the UK for most of the summer. Born to the Duke and Duchess of York in 1926, Elizabeth has lived a life in the public eye since she was very young, and she is now both the longest-lived and …

Making Matzo in the Lower East Side

Last year, Streit's closed its 90-year-old matzo factory on the Lower East Side of New York City. The Rivington Street location that produced unleavened bread for the Passover holiday had been a hallmark of the one-time Jewish enclave, alongside mainstays like Russ & Daughters and Katz's Deli. …

2016 Audubon Photography Awards

More than 1,700 photographers entered the seventh annual Audubon Photography Awards competition, submitting images in several categories, including Amateur, Professional, Fine Art, and Youth. Nearly 7,000 images depicting birdlife from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and six Canadian …