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Finalists From Smithsonian Magazine’s 2018 Photo Contest (15 photos)

Finalists From <em>Smithsonian</em> Magazine’s 2018 Photo Contest (15 photos)

The editors of Smithsonian magazine have just announced the 60 finalists in their 16th annual photo contest, selected from more than 48,000 entries sent in from 207 countries and territories. They have once again let me make a selection of these images to share here from the competition’s six categories: The Natural World, The American Experience, Travel, People, Altered Images, and Mobile. Captions were written by the photographers. Be sure to visit the contest page at Smithsonian.com to see all the finalists and vote for your favorites.

Newest Cowboy in Town. Finalist, American Experience. Newborn Jestin is welcomed by his father, Jessie, at his home in Cleveland, Mississippi. (© Copyright Rory Doyle. All rights reserved.)
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Carnival 2019 in Brazil (30 photos)

Carnival 2019 in Brazil (30 photos)

In Rio de Janeiro, tens of thousands of spectators jammed into the Sambadrome to watch the spectacle of samba-school floats, dancers, and extravagant costumes during Carnival. Even more people took part in the many blocos, or street parties, dancing and drinking into the wee hours of the night. Collected here are images from Rio and São Paulo, Brazil, during Carnival 2019.

Queen of Percussion Raissa Machado of Viradouro performs during the parade at 2019 Brazilian Carnival at Sapucai Sambadrome on March 3, 2019, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. ( Buda Mendes / Getty)
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Photos of the Week: Night Surfing, Burning Moorland, Trapped Rat (35 photos)

Photos of the Week: Night Surfing, Burning Moorland, Trapped Rat (35 photos)

Ice mounds on the Great Lakes, an aurora above Finland, Spike Lee at the Oscars, a super bloom in California, the Museum of Illusions in Kosovo, battles at Venezuela’s borders, bullfighting in Portugal, the Vienna Opera Ball in Austria, testimony on Capitol Hill, an aquatic-endurance challenge in El Salvador,  flooding in California, and much more

"Chomper," a semiautonomous, GPS-guided snowblower designed and built by the MIT research engineer Dane Kouttron, clears snow following an overnight storm in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on February 28, 2019. ( Brian Snyder / Reuters)
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The Masks We Wear (30 photos)

The Masks We Wear (30 photos)

We wear masks for many reasons: for fun, for protection, or to make a statement. In turbulent public settings, obscuring one's face can protect an individual from retaliation while evoking fear and uncertainty in others. Donning the mask of a cultural, political, or religious figure can ridicule that person, or lend them power and further their legacy. Those who wear masks to protect their faces from environmental hazards may also end up sending a message of caution to observers. In many cases, though, masks play a more lighthearted role, allowing the wearer to take part in a festival and become someone (or something) else for a time. Once again, I've gathered here a few recent images of people wearing masks, covering their faces for a wide variety of reasons.

A model presents a creation by Manish Arora during the Fall-Winter 2019/2020 Ready-to-Wear collection fashion show in Paris on February 28, 2019. ( Christophe Archambault / AFP / Getty)
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Winners of the 2019 Underwater Photographer of the Year Contest (24 photos)

Winners of the 2019 Underwater Photographer of the Year Contest (24 photos)

Organizers of the Underwater Photographer of the Year Contest announced the winning photographers and images for this year, with photographer Richard Barnden from the UK being named Underwater Photographer of the Year 2019. More than 5,000 images were submitted by photographers from around the world. Prizes and commendations were handed out in categories including Wide Angle, Macro, Wrecks, Behavior, Portrait, Black & White, Compact, Up & Coming, and, in British waters, Wide Angle, Living Together, Compact, and Macro shots. UPY was once again kind enough to share some of this year's honorees with us below, with captions written by the photographers.

Caretta Caretta Turtle: Winner, Marine Conservation and "Marine Conservation Photographer of the Year 2019". Loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta) spend much of their life in the open ocean. They come to the Canary Island after crossing the Atlantic Ocean from Caribbean beaches. In this trip of many years they often have to avoid many dangerous traps like plastics, ropes, fishing nets etc. In this particular case this one got trapped in a net and it was practically impossible to escape... but this day it was very lucky, and thanks to the help of two underwater photographers who were sailing near her, was able to escape. (© Copyright Eduardo Acevedo / UPY2019)
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The 2019 Oscar Awards in Photos (34 photos)

The 2019 Oscar Awards in Photos (34 photos)

The 91st Academy Awards took place last night in Hollywood, and, despite the lack of a host, moved along at a good pace. Nominees and their supporters dressed to impress, the winners sparked celebration (and controversy), tears were shed, speeches made, and parties attended. You should definitely read Hannah Giorgis about Black Panther’s technical wins, but I also invite you to view the collection of photos below, from last night’s festivities.

Performer Billy Porter arrives at the Oscars on February 24, 2019, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. ( Richard Shotwell / Invision / AP)
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Photos of the Week: Tank Slippers, Baby Sifaka, Molten Steel (35 photos)

Photos of the Week: Tank Slippers, Baby Sifaka, Molten Steel (35 photos)

A pangolin in South Africa, a slapshot in Florida, medieval warriors in Monaco, fashion week in London, heavy snow in Nebraska, canoe slalom in Australia, Carnival in France, a march for the environment in Brussels, Makha Bucha Day in Bangkok, and much more.

The light on top of Luxor Hotel and Casino illuminates snow falling during a winter storm on February 20, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The National Weather Service in Las Vegas issued a winter weather advisory for the area overnight. ( Ethan Miller / Getty)
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Photos: Closing In on the Last ISIS Stronghold (26 photos)

Photos: Closing In on the Last ISIS Stronghold (26 photos)

In recent months, a U.S.-backed coalition of Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has been attacking and closing in on the last remaining ISIS holdout, in eastern Syria. What remains of the so-called caliphate that once controlled more than 30,000 square miles in Syria and Iraq can now fit into less than half of one square mile in a small village called Baghouz. Weeks of air strikes and bombardment have driven out many fighters, as well as thousands of civilians, who are turning themselves over to SDF soldiers. The advance was paused today while negotiations took place for the release of more civilians, but the last few ISIS jihadists remain boxed in, with few options left.

A member of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) monitors trucks carrying men, identified as Islamic State fighters who surrendered, as they are transported out of the last ISIS holdout, in the town of Baghouz in Syria's northern Deir Ezzor province, on February 20, 2019. ( Bulent Kilic / AFP / Getty)
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Photos of the Super Snow Moon (18 photos)

Photos of the Super Snow Moon (18 photos)

Last night, skywatchers around the world were treated to views of the so-called super snow moon, the largest full moon of the year, which happens to take place in February. The moon appeared about 10 percent larger than average as it approached its closest point in orbit, about 220,680 miles (356,760 kilometers) from Earth. Though the moon might appear larger and brighter, the size difference is actually so small that a casual observer would probably never notice. Nonetheless, photographers across the globe captured the event; here are 18 of the most super images of this year’s super snow moon.

A man rides a snowboard at Abali ski resort as the super snow moon is seen over Van, Turkey, on February 19, 2019. ( Ozkan Bilgin / Anadolu Agency / Getty)
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Carnival in Venice 2019 (18 photos)

Carnival in Venice 2019 (18 photos)

The theme of this year’s Carnival in Venice is “Tutta colpa della Luna,” or “Blame the Moon,” inspired by the 50-year mark since humans first walked on the moon. Festivities kicked off this weekend, with a nighttime floating parade, and will last until March 5. Collected here, colorful images from the opening days of Carnival 2019 in Venice.

Artists perform during the "Tutta colpa della Luna" or "Blame the Moon" festivities down the Rio di Cannaregio, one of Venice's famed canals on February 16, 2019. - Venice began its annual Carnival festivities with a floating, night-time parade starting more than two weeks of celebrations. ( Vincenzo Pinto / AFP / Getty)
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Photos of the Week: Lego Bugatti, Snowy Seattle, Cattle Dating (35 photos)

Photos of the Week: Lego Bugatti, Snowy Seattle, Cattle Dating (35 photos)

Valentine's Day among humans and animals, fashion in New York City, dogs at play and in competition, a peasant revolt reenactment in Croatia, family reunions at an Indian border fence, an icy dinosaur in Latvia, the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, snow kayaking in Estonia, International Condom Day in Mexico City, and much more.

Janelle Monae performs onstage during the 61st Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, on February 10, 2019. ( Kevin Winter / Getty for The Recording Academy)
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Images From Antarctica (24 photos)

Images From Antarctica (24 photos)

Summertime in Antarctica is winding down these days, with the first sunset of the year coming to the South Pole in about two weeks. The people living and working at Antarctic coastal stations were able to experience a few weeks of constant daylight around Christmastime. Gathered below, recent images of the Antarctic landscape, wildlife, and research facilities, and some of the work taking place there.

Glaciers and icebergs surround the Gerlache Strait in Antarctica on February 9, 2019. ( Ozge Elif Kizil / Anadolu Agency / Getty)
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50 Years Ago in Photos: A Look Back at 1969 (50 photos)

50 Years Ago in Photos: A Look Back at 1969 (50 photos)

A half-century ago, humans first set foot on the moon, hundreds of thousands of young people gathered in New York’s Catskill Mountains for a music festival that became a cultural milestone, and the war in Vietnam dragged on while protest and resistance grew. It was the year that Sesame Street premiered on Public TV, British troops were first sent into Northern Ireland, the Manson Family murders took place, that Richard Nixon became the 37th President of the United States, and much more.

A portrait of the crew of NASA's Apollo 11 mission to the moon, from left, astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins, and Neil Armstrong, as they pose on a model of the moon in 1969. ( Ralph Morse / The LIFE Picture Collection / Getty)
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Photos From the 2019 Westminster Dog Show (28 photos)

Photos From the 2019 Westminster Dog Show (28 photos)

This year’s 143rd annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is hosting 2,800 dogs, consisting of more than 200 different breeds or varieties. Below are images from the two-day competition and preliminary activities held in New York City at Piers 92 and 94 and Madison Square Garden. And—for a closer look at the road to Westminster, and the life of a show dog breeder, please read “Backstage at the Westminster Dog Show” by Ashley Fetters.

An Old English Sheepdog, photographed during the 10th Annual Meet the Breeds event as the The American Kennel Club and Westminster Kennel Club present Meet & Compete on February 9, 2019, at Piers 92 and 94 in New York City. ( Timothy A. Clary / AFP / Getty)
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Photos of the Week: Hair Dress, Frosty Bison, Bajadasaurus Pronuspinax (35 photos)

Photos of the Week: Hair Dress, Frosty Bison, Bajadasaurus Pronuspinax (35 photos)

A moment at a piano on the front lines in Ukraine, motorcycles on the ice in Kazakhstan, snow monkeys in hot springs in Japan, President Trump's State of the Union address, World Hijab Day in Kyrgyzstan, eel fishing at night in Japan, a Titan missile silo in Arizona, a Super Bowl celebration in Boston, a “Year of the Pig” parade in Hong Kong. and much more.

President Donald Trump turns to House speaker Nancy Pelosi of California, as he delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, as Vice President Mike Pence watches, on February 5, 2019. ( Doug Mills / The New York Times via AP)
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A Photo Trip to China’s Daocheng County (26 photos)

A Photo Trip to China’s Daocheng County (26 photos)

In Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, on the west side of China’s Sichuan province, sits Daocheng County, a small, mountainous region that about 31,000 ethnic Tibetans call home. Daocheng currently has the world’s highest civilian airport, sitting at 14,472 feet (4,411 meters) above sea level. Most visitors to the region will make their way to Yading Nature Reserve to hike among the forests and high meadows of the Hengduan Mountains, and photograph some of the colorful and clear lakes and streams. Gathered here, a handful of images from the lofty peaks and valleys of Daocheng County.

The blue water of Five Color Lake, photographed on a sunny day in Yading Nature Reserve in Daocheng County, in the southwest of Sichuan province, China ( Niti Thanomsri / Shutterstock)
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The Hopes and Fears of Afghanistan’s Generation Z (14 photos)

The Hopes and Fears of Afghanistan’s Generation Z (14 photos)

As the Donald Trump administration signals the possibility of cutting the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan after more than 17 years of conflict, Mohammad Ismail, a photographer with Reuters, spent time visiting with and photographing some of the young adults living in the city of Kabul. This generation is war-weary and ready for peace, but they are now contemplating an uncertain future as talks take place that might allow the Taliban to regain some level of power. Ismail: “For young people who were babies when the Taliban were driven from power by a U.S.-led campaign in 2001, the prospect of peace with the hard-line Islamists brings a daunting mix of hope and fear. For villagers in rural Afghanistan, where traditional ways have always counted for more than central government law, life may not change much. But for the young of Kabul and other cities, there is much to lose, in particular the freedoms restored after the Taliban were ousted—from playing music, to modeling and adopting trendy haircuts—which they’ve grown up with.”

Doctor Mohammad Jawed Momand, 22, poses for a picture in Kabul, Afghanistan, on January 30, 2019. When asked about peace talks between the United States and Afghan forces and the Taliban, Momand said: "Peace requires everyone to lay down their arms and think about the education and prosperity in the country." ( Mohammad Ismail / Reuters)
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Chinese Lunar New Year 2019 (28 photos)

Chinese Lunar New Year 2019 (28 photos)

Today marks the start of the Chinese Lunar New Year 2019, the Year of the Pig. The last of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac, the pig is thought of as easy-going and fortunate. In the larger Chinese astrological cycle, this year is also associated with the element of earth, which makes 2019 the Year of the Earth Pig, exemplifying traits of sociability, kindness, and thoughtfulness. People around the world ushered in the new year with displays of fireworks, family get-togethers, temple visits, and street festivals. Collected here are images from several countries where revelers have been welcoming the arrival of the Earth Pig.

A tour guide wearing pig hat sends New Year greetings to tourists at Yangzhou Slender West Lake scenic area in Yangzhou, in China's Jiangsu province, on February 1, 2019. ( Meng Delong / VCG via Getty)
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Superb Owl Sunday III (28 photos)

Superb Owl Sunday III (28 photos)

A special Sunday event, a photographic essay celebrating a few of these magnificent birds of prey. These nocturnal hunters hail from Europe, Asia, North and South America, captured here in photos taken over the past few years. If you have some time today before the big game (or are skipping the event entirely) I invite you to have a look, it was a real hoot putting this together.

A snowy owl has a moment. ( Yvontrep / Shutterstock)
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Photos of the Week: Mountain God, Polar Vortex, Giant Donut (35 photos)

Photos of the Week: Mountain God, Polar Vortex, Giant Donut (35 photos)

An abandoned castle compound in Turkey, a wild leopard in an Indian village, anti-government protests in France and Honduras, damage from a tornado in Cuba, a train ride through the surf in England, love locks in South Korea, hot-pot bathing in China, a muddy “Tough Guy” event in England, and much more

Frozen pants stand unsupported in St. Anthony Village, Minnesota, on January 30, 2019, in this image obtained from social media. ( Pam Metcalf via Reuters)
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