What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

Amateur Night


Smithsonian Magazine has enjoyed a long (and well-deserved) reputation for its mind-boggling photography. Their social media is similarly adorned with amazing professional photos. But once per year, Smithsonian lets the amateurs take a shot. Today, we’re looking at the magazine’s annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest, and there are a surprising number of amateur photos that placed in the competition. The contest received more than 47,000 entries. What an Herculean job it must have been to review and judge them!

As with most photography contests, there is an over all winner, as well as a Readers’ Choice award and category winners. The categories are Mobile, Altered Images, The American Experience, Travel, People, and the Natural World. They seem deceptively simple, but the contestants’ interpretation of those categories varies wildly. I cannot overstate how much enjoyment I got out of scrolling through the contests finalists’ photos. What amazing images!

You can see all the winners on the Smithsonian Magazine’s contest website. You can also follow the magazine (and I really recommend you do) on their website and on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

14 thoughts on “Amateur Night

  1. These are always good.

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  2. These amateur photos make you realize how good professional photos really are. Truth be told, I don’t know how these could be improved upon.

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  3. spectacular

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  4. I enjoyed looking at all of them. Yesterday I went to the Memphis Botanical garden. I took snapshots of some of the plants. I did not worry about any technical settings etc. Just put the camera on auto and went click click. Yes, I have the basic skill to take better pictures, Hal

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  5. What amazing images! Thanks for reminding me about that magazine!

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