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Amazing Highlights from Smithsonian’s 14th Annual Photo Contest



Smithsonian Magazine just announced the finalists of their 14th Annual Photo Contest. This year they received more than 48,000 submissions from photographers in 146 countries and territories.

Voting is now open for the Readers’ Choice winner. Voting is limited to one vote per user per day and runs through March 27 at 11:59:59 PM EST. The finalist who receives the most votes will be announced alongside the Grand Prize and 7 category winners on March 28th.

You can see all 70 finalists from Smithsonian.com’s 14th Annual Photo Contest and vote for the Readers’ Choice winner here!

Smithsonian was kind enough to let us share a gallery of some of the amazing finalists. You can find the rest at the link above.

Turtle-Back Ride
Natural World Finalist

natural world credit michael b Amazing Highlights from Smithsonians 14th Annual Photo Contest

 

The thing that draws me to the ocean the most is that I never know what I’m going to come across on any given day. I count myself extremely fortunate to have been in the right place at the right time to capture this image.

 

 

Besta
Natural World Finalist

natural world credit javier arcenillas Amazing Highlights from Smithsonians 14th Annual Photo Contest

 

Taking place every year across Galicia, Rapa das Bestas, or ‘Shearing of the Beasts,’ involves cutting the manes of semi-feral horses that live in the mountains. Horses are rounded up into enclosures called curros, foals are branded and the adults groomed before being freed. The best known is the Rapa das Bestas of Sabucedo, which occurs on the first weekend in July.

 

 

An Old Man
Mobile Finalist

mobile credit kyaw kyaw winn Amazing Highlights from Smithsonians 14th Annual Photo Contest

 

I visited to central region of my country, Myanmar, last year. When I arrived to Mingun, I found this old man with an oxcart taxi for visitors. He took me around the Mingun area. Finally we arrived at the famous white temple of Mingun. I loved the background so requested to shoot a photo of him in the oxcart. I liked the frame of the oxcart box and lighting on the face.

 

 

TV School
People Finalist

people credit alisson gontijo Amazing Highlights from Smithsonians 14th Annual Photo Contest

 

A couple watches a television literacy program. This photo is part of a series on the impact that media has on the lives of people in rural Brazil.

 

 

Lighting the Old Man
Travel Finalist

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On a stormy autumn day a fleeting shaft of light illuminates the Old Man of Storr and other pinnacles of the Trotternish Ridge on the Isle of Skye, Scotland.

 

 

Surreal
Mobile Finalist

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A man bikes by an octopus statue at the Burning Man festival in Black Rock City, Nevada.

 

 

The Hidden Murder
Natural World Finalist

natural world credit swaroop singha roy Amazing Highlights from Smithsonians 14th Annual Photo Contest

 

A spider with a housefly kill, hiding under the petals of a Madagascar periwinkle flower

 

 

Swamp Raccoon
Natural World Finalist

natural world credit kim aikawa Amazing Highlights from Smithsonians 14th Annual Photo Contest

 

While I was looking for alligators at a swamp in Louisiana, this beautiful little creature wandered out of the murky waters right into the morning light.

 

 

Paper Mill
The American Experience Finalist

american experience credit jassen todorov Amazing Highlights from Smithsonians 14th Annual Photo Contest

 

Waste from a paper mill is agitated by aerators, producing steam and foam, which are pushed by the wind. Clearwater Paper Reservoir, Lewiston, Idaho. Aerial image (shot from a plane at 1,500 feet).

 

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