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See 9 Gorgeous Winning Images From Smithsonian's Annual Photo Contest

Some of the best photography of the past year is on full eye-popping display among Smithsonian's annual photo contest winners.

  • <p>Volcanic material flows from Mount Sinabung, as seen from the village of Jeraya, North Sumatra, Indonesia on June 26, 2015.</p>
  • <p>My bull terrier Claire photographed in an abandoned train, one of a series that I am currently working on.</p>
  • <p>Truck driver Ben Blackburn, 46, participates in a Bible study session at the Transport For Christ (TFC) mobile chapel in Lodi, Ohio, on Oct 23 2013.</p>
  • <p>A cold front hit the Nagano prefecture. I saw a little monkey enduring the cold in Jigokudani Monkey Park. This little monkey is really cute.</p>
  • <p>Every day millions of people make use of the suburban trains in Mumbai. Almost every train has separate compartments for women to avoid sexual abuse.</p>
  • <p>In February and March of 2014, I took a month off and went to work as a photographer/videographer in an orphan school in Likoni, in Mombasa, Kenya.</p>
  • <p>This picture was taken in Kyoto, Japan in January 2015. There is no fiction, the photo was caught while I was wandering in the streets of Kyoto.</p>
  • <p>I took this photo of fireflies (lightning bugs) in almost complete darkness using the latest low-light camera technology.</p>
  • <p>In front of this Chinese red wall walks a lady in a red dress.</p>
  • 01 /09 | Grand Prize Winner: "Remaining on the Slopes of Mount Sinabung"

    Volcanic material flows from Mount Sinabung, as seen from the village of Jeraya, North Sumatra, Indonesia on June 26, 2015.

  • 02 /09 | Reader's Choice: "Orient Express"

    My bull terrier Claire photographed in an abandoned train, one of a series that I am currently working on.

  • 03 /09 | The American Experience: "Trucker Chapel"

    Truck driver Ben Blackburn, 46, participates in a Bible study session at the Transport For Christ (TFC) mobile chapel in Lodi, Ohio, on Oct 23 2013.

  • 04 /09 | Natural World: "A Little Monkey on a Cliff"

    A cold front hit the Nagano prefecture. I saw a little monkey enduring the cold in Jigokudani Monkey Park. This little monkey is really cute.

  • 05 /09 | Travel: "Women's Compartment of a Suburban Train"

    Every day millions of people make use of the suburban trains in Mumbai. Almost every train has separate compartments for women to avoid sexual abuse.

  • 06 /09 | Sustainable Travel: "My Time"

    In February and March of 2014, I took a month off and went to work as a photographer/videographer in an orphan school in Likoni, in Mombasa, Kenya.

  • 07 /09 | People: "Lay Off"

    This picture was taken in Kyoto, Japan in January 2015. There is no fiction, the photo was caught while I was wandering in the streets of Kyoto.

  • 08 /09 | Altered Images: "Synchronous Fireflies"

    I took this photo of fireflies (lightning bugs) in almost complete darkness using the latest low-light camera technology.

  • 09 /09 | Mobile: "The China Red"

    In front of this Chinese red wall walks a lady in a red dress.

As amazing as that Snapchat pic of you high-fiving a Samuel L. Jackson wax figure outside of Madame Tussaud's is, sometimes it's nice to admire the photography of the pros. A perfect place to start would be with the winners of Smithsonian's 13th annual photo contest, which have just been announced.

Drawing from a wide range of over 46,000 submissions from photographers in 168 different countries, the organization narrowed it down to nine winning shots. The categories for these images include People, The American Experience, and for those who can't get enough of Snapchat's filters, Altered Images. The Grand Prize winner, below, comes from Indonesia-based photographer Albert Ivan Damanik, and is called "Remaining on the Slopes of Mount Sinabung."

Grand Prize

"Remaining on the Slopes of Mount Sinabung": Volcanic material flows from Mount Sinabung, as seen from the village of Jeraya, North Sumatra, Indonesia on June 26, 2015. Mount Sinabung intermittently spewed burning ash and gas a week after authorities told residents to evacuate the danger zone that lay with within a radius of seven kilometers (4.4 miles) from the crater.Photo: © Albert Ivan Damanik. All rights reserved

Have a look at the other winners in the slides above.

[via PetaPixel]

Slideshow Credits: 01 / Photo: © Albert Ivan Damanik. All rights reserved; 02 / Photo: © Alice van Kempen. All rights reserved.; 03 / Photo: © Lauren Pond. All rights reserved.; 04 / Photo: © Hidetoshi Ogata. All rights reserved.; 05 / Photo: © Tamina-Florentine Zuch. All rights reserved.; 06 / Photo: © Tihomir Trichkov. All rights reserved.; 07 / Photo: © Benedetta Ristori. All rights reserved.; 08 / Photo: © Radim Schreiber. All rights reserved.; 09 / Photo: © Jian Wang. All rights reserved.;

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