What We Love This Week, Volume CXX

Smithsonian Winners Green Net

Women of a small village near Vinh Hy Bay, Vietnam, sew a fishing net. Photographer: Pham Ty Source: The Atlantic

Winners Of The 2014 Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Announced

Smithsonian Winners Beijing

Reading in the National Library of China in Beijing. Photographer: Yilang Peng. Source: The Atlantic

This year, Smithsonian Magazine editors received over 26,500 entries for their annual photo contest. Just this week, the magazine announced 2014’s winners in each competition category, being: the Natural World, Travel, People, Americana, Altered Images and Mobile. Given the high quality and diversity of all the shots, we have a hard time fathoming how they arrived at their decisions. See more at The Atlantic.

Smithsonian Winners Holy Week

Holy Week celebrations in Acobamba, Tarma, Peru. Photographer: David Martín Huamaní Bedoya. Source: The Atlantic

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Elvis Fans, The “Beliebers” Of The 20th Century

Elvis Presley Concert 1957

And you thought One Direction and Justin Bieber fans were the scourge of the planet. As the United States turned a cold shoulder to the USSR in the middle of the 20th century, it–or at least its young men and women–clamored for the gyrations of the King of Rock n’ Roll’s hips. The raven-haired Tennesseean lit the States on fire with his crooning and unabashed sexuality, using his background with black Gospel music to really pave the way for the boisterous, frenetic and electric sounds that would define the 1960s and beyond. Featured above is a woman at a 1957 Presley concert, who we can only assume was having a good time.

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