20th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Travel
One Small Step

Workers walk across one of the gates in the Panama Canal's Miraflores Locks as a container ship enters and waits its turn to proceed. Gravity is used to fill or empty the lock, raising or lowering a vessel 54 feet to allow it to transit through the canal. Rail locomotives on each side of the lock use cables attached to the vessels to pull them forward.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 12.2021
Date Uploaded: 11.2022
Photo Location: Miraflores, Panama
Camera: ILCE-1
Copyright: © Michael Milner