Atmospheric Ramadan picture wins 14th Smithsonian magazine photo contest

The judges chose Pradeep Raja Kannaiah's picture of Ramadan prayers at Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta from more than 48,000 submissions.

An atmospheric photo of Indonesian women praying at a mosque has won the 14th Smithsonian magazine photography contest. The judges chose Pradeep Raja Kannaiah's picture of Ramadan prayers at Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta from more than 48,000 submissions from photographers in 146 countries and territories.

Grand Prize winner: Ramadan Prayers by Pradeep Raja KannaiahPradeep Raja Kannaiah

The Readers Choice award went to Milan Sachs for the picture Resting in an NYC Laundry Room, chosen by Smithsonian.com readers from among 70 finalists.

Readers’ Choice award winner: Resting in an NYC Laundry Room by Milan SachsMilan Sachs

Contestants submitted photos in the following seven categories: Natural World, The American Experience, Travel, People, Altered, Mobile, and Sustainable Travel. In this gallery, IBTimes UK presents the winners of each category.

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Natural World category winner: Look Me in the Eye by Prelena Soma OwenPrelena Soma Owen
The American Experience category winner: Before the Portrait by Stephanie FodenStephanie Foden
Travel category winner: Individual Communication by Peter NutkinsPeter Nutkins
People category winner: Step by Step by João BorgesJoão Borges
Altered Images category winner: Improvisation by Jim MneymnehJim Mneymneh
Sustainable Travel category: A Man Looks Out the Door by Greta RybusGreta Rybus
Mobile category winner: Surreal by Alina Rudya. A man bikes past a Peter Hazel sculpture at the Burning Man festival in Black Rock City, Nevada.Alina Rudya

The 15th annual Smithsonian.com photo contest is now open until 30 November 2017. See smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/rules/ for more information.

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