Spectacular finalists of 12th Smithsonian Photo Contests

Spectacular finalists of 12th Smithsonian Photo Contest

Enjoy the mesmerizing photos from Smithsonian Photo Contest 2014

Smithsonian Photo Contest, started 13 years ago by the Smithsonian magazine to be held annually, is a prestigious photography competition that attracts thousands of photographers around the world. In the last year alone, over 26,000 photographs were submitted for the contest from 93 different countries. So it should be, as the contest is divided into six categories – Natural World, People, Travel, Altered Image, Americana and Mobile. Every year, the in house photo editors choose 10 photographs for each category as the finalist before deciding the Category Winners, Grand Prize and the reader’s choice. The finalists of 2014 have been revealed recently in the magazine’s website, and we have compiled some of the best images for you.

A Brown Bear Walks Across An Estuary, lake Clark National Park, Alaska
A Brown Bear Walks Across An Estuary, (lake Clark National Park, Alaska Photo Contest

Young Buddhist Novices Play In Hsinbyume Pagoda, Mingun, Mandalay, Myanmar
Young Buddhist Novices Play In Hsinbyume Pagoda, Mingun, Mandalay, Myanmar Photo Contest

Women Of A Small Village Near Vinh Hy Bay, Vietnam, Sew A Fishing Net While Their Husbands Fish, Vinh Hy Bay, Ninh Thuan, Vietnam
Women Of A Small Village Near Vinh Hy Bay, Vietnam, Sew A Fishing Net While Their Husbands Fish, Vinh Hy Bay, Ninh Thuan, Vietnam Photo Contest

While Firemen Were Putting Out A Fire In Chicago, The Water Froze And Coated Everything In Ice, Chicago, Illinois
While Firemen Were Putting Out A Fire In Chicago, The Water Froze And Coated Everything In Ice, Chicago, Illinois Photo Contest

The Caracolera Is A Common, But Restless Snake, Selva Verde Lodge, Sarapiqui, Costa Rica
The Caracolera Is A Common, But Restless Snake, Selva Verde Lodge, Sarapiqui, Costa Rica Photo Contest

Spring In Palouse, Palouse, Washington
Spring In Palouse, Palouse, Washington Photo Contest

Snake, Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica
Snake, Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica Photo Contest

Mobula Rays Gather To Feed On Plankton Attracted By Dive Lights, La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Mobula Rays Gather To Feed On Plankton Attracted By Dive Lights, La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico Photo Contest

Light Refracts Through The Curves Of A Breaking Wave, New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Light Refracts Through The Curves Of A Breaking Wave, New South Wales, Sydney, Australia Photo Contest

Fog Weaves Through Forest Trees, New Forest, Hampshire, United Kingdom
Fog Weaves Through Forest Trees, New Forest, Hampshire, United Kingdom Photo Contest

Fog Creeps Under The Manhattan Bridge, New York, New York
Fog Creeps Under The Manhattan Bridge, New York, New York Photo Contest

Fireworks Shower Onlookers In Sparks During Holy Week Celebrations, Acobamba, Tarma, Peru
Fireworks Shower Onlookers In Sparks During Holy Week Celebrations, Acobamba, Tarma, Peru Photo Contest

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Ely, Minnesota
Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Ely, Minnesota Photo Contest

A Woman Collects Water Lilies, Chau Doc, Mekong Delta, Vietnam
A Woman Collects Water Lilies, Chau Doc, Mekong Delta, Vietnam Photo Contest

A Woman And Her Child Place Dyed Threads Out To Dry, Santipure, Nadia, India
A Woman And Her Child Place Dyed Threads Out To Dry, Santipure, Nadia, India Photo Contest

A Wave Strikes An Elephant Seal Pup, South Georgia Island
A Wave Strikes An Elephant Seal Pup, South Georgia Island Photo Contest

A Vicuña, Chimborazo Volcano, Ecuador
A Vicuña, Chimborazo Volcano, Ecuador Photo Contest

A Green Iguana Surfaces For Air, Bonaire, Netherlands
A Green Iguana Surfaces For Air, Bonaire, Netherlands Photo Contest

A Girl With Albinism, Valencia, Spain
A Girl With Albinism, Valencia, Spain Photo Contest

A Girl Stares In Wonder At An Aquarium Tank, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, California
A Girl Stares In Wonder At An Aquarium Tank, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, California Photo Contest

A Fisherman Checks His Net In The Early Morning, Lam Dong, Dalat, Vietnam
A Fisherman Checks His Net In The Early Morning, Lam Dong, Dalat, Vietnam Photo Contest

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