The results are in. Smithsonian magazine recently announced the winners of their 13th annual photo contest. This year the magazine received over 46,000 submissions from 168 countries and territories, which their photo teams whittled down to a Grand Prize winner, along with winners in each of the contest’s six categories: The Natural World, Travel, People, The American Experience, Altered Images, and Mobile. Compared to last year, this year’s competition received 75 percent more submissions and four times as many votes for the Readers’ Choice award winner (it received 40,000 votes). Competition is fierce and only increasing, so dig up your camera and polish the lens — submissions are already being accepted for next year. Click here to submit, and good luck.

Grand Prize – Remaining on the Slopes of Mount Sinabung

Photo: Albert Ivan Damanik from Medan, Indonesia. Photo Location:

Photo: Albert Ivan Damanik from Medan, Indonesia. Photo Location: Jeraya, North Sumatra, Indonesia.

“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.” Learn more

Photo Info: Canon EOS 7D, 119mm, 1/1000, f/11, ISO 500

Reader’s Choice – Orient Express

Photo: Alice van Kempen from Rockanje, Netherlands. Photo Location: Belgium.

Photo: Alice van Kempen from Rockanje, Netherlands. Photo Location: Belgium.

“My bull terrier Claire photographed in an abandoned train, one of a series that I am currently working on. The series is called Leave Only Pawprints: Urbex Adventures With My Bull Terrier Claire.” Learn more

Photo Info: Nikon D800, 17mm, 1/40, f/11, ISO 200

The American Experience – Trucker Chapel

Photo: Lauren Pond from Columbus, Ohio. Photo Location: Lodi, Ohio

Photo: Lauren Pond from Columbus, Ohio. Photo Location: Lodi, Ohio.

“Truck driver Ben Blackburn, 46, participates in a Bible study session at the Transport For Christ (TFC) mobile chapel in Lodi, Ohio, on October 23, 2013. TFC chaplains helped Blackburn enroll in trucking school after he lost his job during the recent economic recession.

Transport For Christ, an international trucker ministry, has placed 45 mobile chapels at truck stops across the United States. The chapels offer Bible study, worship services and counseling from volunteer chaplains. They also give drivers a break from the struggles and solitude of life on the road.” Learn more

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Natural World – A Little Monkey on a Cliff

Photo: Hidetoshi Ogata from Osaka, Japan. Photo Location: Jigokudani Monkey Park, Japan

Photo: Hidetoshi Ogata from Osaka, Japan. Photo Location: Jigokudani Monkey Park, Japan.

“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.” Learn more

Photo Info: Canon 5D Mk III, 1/160, f/3.2

Travel – Women’s Compartment of a Suburban Train

Photo: Tamina-Florentine Zuch from Hamburg, Germany. Photo Location: Mumbai, India.

Photo: Tamina-Florentine Zuch from Hamburg, Germany. Photo Location: Mumbai, India.

“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.” Learn more

Photo Info: Nikon D800, 24mm, 1/50, f/2.8, ISO 3200

Sustainable Travel – My Time

Photo: Tihomir Trichkov from Highlands, North Carolina. Photo Location: Likoni, Mombasa, Kenya.

Photo: Tihomir Trichkov from Highlands, North Carolina. Photo Location: Likoni, Mombasa, Kenya.

“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, one of the poorest neighborhoods in Mombasa, Kenya. My videos and pictures helped raise money to finish the building of the school for 150 children and a sleeping building for 30 orphan kids. This is the school director’s daughter on her break, while at school.

I took one month off because it was my time to give back again. It was my second volunteering project, after a month in Peru working with local knitters the year before. I used my photos and videos to promote their cause on [the organization’s] website and Facebook page, which I was taking care of. The main goal at that particular moment was to gather enough means to finish the new buildings, which would be able to accommodate their needs.

My experience was great, they are amazing people and took me as a part of the family and community. We still keep in touch, and I am proud I was able to help out.

When you travel sustainably, you find a place that gives you something, that makes you whole. But you also feel more than happy to give back. Both the place and you need a change. It is your job to find a way to make it work in unison. Usually, it is not you that is making the big change in the place though, it is the other way around.” Learn more

Photo Info: Sony A77ii, 28mm, 1/25, f/2.8, ISO 160

People – Lay Off

Photo: Benedetta Ristori from Rome, Italy. Photo Location: Kyoto, Japan.

Photo: Benedetta Ristori from Rome, Italy. Photo Location: Kyoto, Japan.

“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. My intent was to capture the life of night workers. Shift work, even at night and on holidays, often affects workers psychophysically. The requirements imposed by the ‘society of work’ do not recognize the natural alternations of day and night and workers’ biological clocks. Learn more

Photo Info: Nikon D800, 50mm, 1/125, f/3.2, ISO 2500

Altered Images – Synchronous Fireflies

Photo: Radim Schreiber from Fairfield, Iowa. Photo Location: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee.

Photo: Radim Schreiber from Fairfield, Iowa. Photo Location: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee.

“I took this photo of fireflies (lightning bugs) in almost complete darkness using the latest low-light camera technology. I was completely surrounded by the fireflies and witnessed one of the most amazing and magical natural phenomena: fireflies that synchronize.” Learn more

Photo Info: Canon EOS 6D, 50mm, 1sec, f/1.8, ISO 6400

Mobile – The China Red

Photo: Jian Wang from Beijing, China. Photo Location: Beijing, China.

Photo: Jian Wang from Beijing, China. Photo Location: Beijing, China.

“In front of this Chinese red wall walks a lady in a red dress.” Learn more

Photo Info: iPhone 6 Plus, 4.2mm, 1/1000, f/2.2, ISO 64