CLOSE

14 Incredible Images from Smithsonian.com's Photo Contest

Every year, Smithsonian.com lets photographers all over the world submit their work to the annual photo contest. This year, there were more than 26,500 entries from 93 different countries. Ten photos were selected from each category (Natural World, Travel, People, Americana, Altered Images, and Mobile) and now, it's up to the readers to pick their favorites. The voting is happening all month, so be sure to head over there and throw in your two cents. The winner of the readers' choice will win a $500 prize. Here are some of the finalists of the 12th annual photo contest.

A young girl with albinism enjoys the sights at the Ethnology Museum of Valencia. Taken at the Beneficencia (Ethnology Museum of Valencia), Valencia, Spain by Ana Yturralde.

A snake is caught on camera mid-meal. Taken at the Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica by Nicolas Reusens.

The pagoda doubles as a playground for fledgling Buddhists. Taken at Hsinbyume Pagoda, Myanmar by Sergio Carbajo Rodriguez.

A grizzly bear takes a stroll. Taken at Lake Clark National Park, Alaska by Kevin Morgans.

A decorated teenager from Arbore tribe, named Onno. Taken in Ommo Valley, Ethiopia by Matjaz Krivic.

People come to watch the July 4th celebration on the bank of the Willamette River. Taken in Independence, Oregon by Anne Marcom.

One of the largest Christian cemeteries in Hong Kong. Taken in Hong Kong by Brian Yen.

Two boys enjoying a swim in the river. Taken in Thuong Tin, Hanoi, Vietnam by Viet Phuong Tran.

Children climbing minaret of the Grand Mosque in Bani. Taken in Bani, Burkina Faso by Matjaz Krivic.

A big-eyed snake perches on a plant. Taken at Selva Verde Lodge, Sarapiqui, Costa Rica by Alvaro Cubero Vega.

A girl peeks out the window of a train, while a woman sitting in front of her sleeps. Taken at Kayah State, Myanmar by Jorge Fernandez.

Barack Obama stands in the Oval Office of the White House while a painting of Abraham Lincoln makes an appearance in the second window. Taken in Washington, D.C. by Olivier Douliery.

A wave breaks onto the beach. Taken in New South Wales, Australia by Ray Collins.

Workers sew a green fishing net. Taken in Vinh Hy bay, Ninh Thuan, Vietnam by Pham Ty.

You can view the rest of the photos here

arrow
Afternoon Map
The Most Searched Shows on Netflix in 2017, By State

Orange is the New Black is the new black, at least as far as Netflix viewers are concerned. The women-in-prison dramedy may have premiered in 2013, but it’s still got viewers hooked. Just as they did in 2017, HighSpeedInternet.com took a deep dive into Netflix analytics using Google Trends to find out which shows people in each state were searching Netflix for throughout the year. While there was a little bit of crossover between 2016 and 2017, new series like American Vandal and Mindhunter gave viewers a host of new content. But that didn’t stop Orange is the New Black from dominating the map; it was the most searched show in 15 states.

Coming in at a faraway second place was American Vandal, a new true crime satire that captured the attention of five states (Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Wisconsin). Even more impressive is the fact that the series premiered in mid-September, meaning that it found a large and rabid audience in a very short amount of time.

Folks in Alaska, Colorado, and Oregon were all destined to be disappointed; Star Trek: Discovery was the most searched-for series in each of these states, but it’s not yet available on Netflix in America (you’ve got to get CBS All Access for that, folks). Fourteen states broke the mold a bit with shows that were unique to their state only; this included Big Mouth in Delaware, The Keepers in Maryland, The OA in Pennsylvania, GLOW in Rhode Island, and Black Mirror in Hawaii.

Check out the map above to see if your favorite Netflix binge-watch matches up with your neighbors'. For more detailed findings, visit HighSpeedInternet.com.

arrow
Afternoon Map
Monthly Internet Costs in Every Country

Thanks to the internet, people around the world can conduct global research, trade tips, and find faraway friends without ever leaving their couch. Not everyone pays the same price for these digital privileges, though, according to new data visualizations spotted by Thrillist.

To compare internet user prices in each country, cost information site HowMuch.net created a series of maps. The data comes courtesy of English market research consultancy BDRC and Cable.co.uk, which teamed up to analyze 3351 broadband packages in 196 nations between August 18, 2017 and October 12, 2017.

In the U.S., for example, the average cost for internet service is $66 per month. That’s substantially more than what browsers pay in neighboring Mexico ($27) and Canada ($55). Still, we don’t have it bad compared to either Namibia or Burkina Faso, where users shell out a staggering $464 and $924, respectively, for monthly broadband access. In fact, internet in the U.S. is far cheaper than what residents in 113 countries pay, including those in Saudi Arabia ($84), Indonesia ($72), and Greenland ($84).

On average, internet costs in Asia and Russia tend to be among the lowest, while access is prohibitively expensive in sub-Saharan Africa and in certain parts of Oceania. As for the world’s cheapest internet, you’ll find it in Ukraine and Iran.

Check out the maps below for more broadband insights, or view HowMuch.net’s full findings here.

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site HowMuch.net.
HowMuch.net

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site HowMuch.net.
HowMuch.net

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site HowMuch.net.
HowMuch.net

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site HowMuch.net.
HowMuch.net

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site HowMuch.net.
HowMuch.net

[h/t Thrillist]

SECTIONS

arrow
LIVE SMARTER
More from mental floss studios