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These Incredible Award Winning Photos Capture The Wonder Of Our World

Smithsonian.com has announced the remarkable winners of their 14th Annual Photo Contest.

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After the daunting task of combing through over 48,000 submissions from across the globe, Smithsonian.com has selected the winners of their 14th Annual Photo Contest. The winning pictures, which span seven categories, capture the wonder of the world around us. Check out the incredible winners and fierce competition here.

1. Grand Prize winner: Pradeep Raja Kannaiah for "Ramadan Prayers"

Pradeep Raja Kannaiah

"This shot is of women praying inside Istiqlal Mosque in Central Jakarta, Indonesia, during the month of Ramadan." —Pradeep Raja Kannaiah

2. Reader's Choice winner: Milan Sachs for “Resting in an NYC Laundry Room”

Milan Sach

"This photograph is of a woman in an NYC laundry room. It seems like she's recalling something that recently happened to her. The subject is defeated, hurt, and exhausted from this cycle she is in, like the cycle of a washing machine." —Milan Sachs

5. Natural World winner: Prelena Soma Owen for “Look Me in the Eye”

Prelena Soma Owen

"I am always looking for unique ways to showcase the beauty of elephants in the hope that it will make a difference in the way they are viewed and appreciated. This image was taken when a herd of elephants came down to the banks of the Chobe River in Botswana for an afternoon drink. The opportunity presented itself as the trunk of the elephant in the foreground framed the eye of the elephant in the background. I focused on the eye, and with some creative cropping, was very pleased with the final result." —Prelena Soma Owen

6. Travel winner: Peter Nutkins for “Individual Communication”

Peter Nutkins

"Commuters at Baker Street Station in communication. Each is in communication, but not with each other. How often are we in our own world, maybe communicating across the globe, yet we do not even speak to the person sitting right by us." —Peter Nutkins

7. Sustainable Travel winner: Greta Rybus for “A Man Looks Out the Door”

Greta Rybus

"I spent a month in Senegal documenting climate change as a human rights issue. I started photographing the issue through human relationships to the environment and to one another. The morning I photographed the high tides and the loss of homes was part of a personal realization that climate change isn't just an environmental issue, it's a human one." —Greta Rybus

8. People winner: João Borges for “Step by Step”

João Borges

"I was surprised when I saw this old shoemaker shop with two workers, one of them a young woman doing a job usually done by older men. The look in her eyes is as strong and heavy as her work." —João Borges

9. American Experience winner: Stephanie Foden for “Before the Portrait”

Stephanie Foden

"Lila Chosa sits on the side porch of her house while her family and friends get ready for a portrait behind her. Lila's grandmother, Heart Warrior, has spent years battling to keep custody of her grandchildren in Minnesota. It’s part of a long history of Native American removal and resistance." —Stephanie Foden

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