13th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest The American Experience

Little Jade (age 2) seeks refuge in her mother’s arms during an unusually hot 4th of July in Barrow, Alaska. For every Independence Day celebration, a baby pageant called Top of the World is held. Local babies hit the runways with full traditional attires made of different furs hunted by family members, designed and hand-stitched. Each piece that Jade is wearing was confectioned by her mother. Given the high temperatures, keeping the kids wearing their heavy parkas was an ordeal. Having a 70°F degree day in Arctic Alaska is rarity even during the summer, when temperatures average 42°F.

This photo is a finalist in The American Experience category of our 13th Annual Photo Contest. See all 70 finalists here.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 07.2015
Date Uploaded: 11.2015
Photo Location: Barrow, Alaska, United States of America
Camera: Canon EOS-1D X
Copyright: © Florencia Mazza Ramsay
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