Smithsonian Picks Tribal Baby Photo as Contest Winner, Readers Prefer Little Leaguers

(Abhijit Dey).jpgAlthough our fingers were crossed for Lord Krishna and his trusty cell phone, Smithsonian has chosen otherwise. The grand prize winner of the magazine’s fifth annual photo contest is Abhijit Dey of Barrackpore, India, who snapped this shot (at left) of six-day-old Betka Tudu receiving blessings from fellow members of the Santhal tribe in the Indian village of Purulia. Call us cynical, but we could totally see this toward the front of Vogue as a jewelry ad (John Hardy, perhaps? Add a blue bar and it’s very Tiffany & Co., color in some of those bracelets in dark orange and it’s instant Hèrmes!). Meanwhile, readers preferred older, fully clothed, American excited kids, choosing Rhonda Weiderhaft‘s photo of a pair of Little Leaguers in antipodal emotional states at the bottom of the final inning. Go here to see the finalists and winners in each of the six categories, culled from 7,000 entries from 50 states and 82 countries.