Win­ners of the an­nual smith­so­nian Photo Con­test have been an­nounced, and this year it’s an oc­u­lar feast of ex­cel­lent in­ter­na­tional ef­forts…

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did you know that the Smith­so­nian in­sti­tute, based in washington, d. C, USA, is the largest mu­seum, ed­u­ca­tion and re­search com­plex in the world? And did you know that the Smith­so­nian mu­se­ums ad­mit more than 30- mil­lion vis­i­tors ev­ery year, with­out charg­ing an ad­mis­sion fee? you might not re­alise ei­ther then that the Smith­so­nian in­sti­tute was founded upon the wish of a Bri­tish man who died in 1829 – James Smith­son, a sci­en­tist who had never even been to Amer­ica, mys­te­ri­ously left his en­tire estate “to the united States of Amer­ica, to found at washington, un­der the name of the Smith­so­nian institution, an es­tab­lish­ment for the in­crease and dif­fu­sion of knowl­edge among men." As well as a col­lec­tion of fan­tas­tic mu­se­ums and learn­ing cen­tres, the in­sti­tute also gives its name to the pres­ti­gious An­nual Smith­so­nian Photo Con­test, and the win­ners of the 2016 award were re­cently an­nounced.

while based in the u. S, the com­pe­ti­tion has a global ap­peal. now in its 14th year, the lat­est An­nual Smith­so­nian Photo Con­test at­tracted more than 148,000 en­tries from pho­tog­ra­phers in 146 coun­tries around the world across seven cat­e­gories: nat­u­ral world, Travel, Sus­tain­able Travel, Peo­ple, The Amer­i­can Ex­pe­ri­ence, Al­tered and Mo­bile.

The over­all win­ner of the 2016 con­test was an­nounced as Pradeep Raja kan­na­iah, for his mo­tion- packed and care­fully- timed im­age ‘ Ra­madan Prayers’, cap­tured in the is­tiqlal Mosque in Jakarta, in­done­sia dur­ing the month of Ra­madan. Pradeep’s im­age also placed as a fi­nal­ist in the Travel cat­e­gory.

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