15TH ANNUAL SMITHSONIAN.COM PHOTO CONTEST / by Raf Reyes

In this day, Thursday 18th January 2018, I just logged on the Smithsonian.com portal. As you may know, with my permanent overly-multitasking mindset, I had forgotten the password to check the result of the contest. I was conscious that the selection process involved more than 48000 entries sent in from 146 countries.

It's with immense honor that my photo ”ASAKUSA: CLOUD TRAILS OVER SENSŌ-JI TEMPLE” has been chosen by Smithsonian 's jury in their 2017 15th annual Smithsonian photo contest, and won the "Travel" section of it (incidentally 500$$$ too ahah).

It is thus counted as "award-winning" and I could not be happier in this very blessed Day. I actually have no words and my hands are shaking with emotion while I write this message, still trying to contemplate the extent of this news.

I don't do it for money and this is a lesson that whatever you love in life is for the taking. You never know how something is gonna turn out in the beginning so you can't be afraid to take risks, be willing to put it all on the line and keep walking the life path you picked, straight on with no turning back.

Loads of new photos on the way. Thank you all for following Raf Reyes™ . 💯

link to photo can be found there: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/detail/travel/asakusa-cloud-trails-over-senso-ji-temple/

”ASAKUSA: CLOUD TRAILS OVER SENSŌ-JI TEMPLE”

”ASAKUSA: CLOUD TRAILS OVER SENSŌ-JI TEMPLE”

This unique picture is capturing Asakusa’s landmark of excellence: the Senso-ji temple, dedicated to Guanyin, the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy. The temple is the most widely visited spiritual site worldwide, with over 30 million visitors annually. At the very moment of the shot, Tokyo’s radiant blue skies exacerbate magnificent cloud trails over the temple’s roof, thereby directionally as well as unintentionally putting forward the incredible architectural edges of the holy place.