Every year for the past 12 years, the Smithsonian has collected some of the best photos from around the world to feature in their annual photo contest. Now that they've revealed their finalists, we finally have the opportunity to see some of the best photos from the 2014 contest, which had more than 26,500 entries from 93 different countries.


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The Smithsonian's photo editors chose 10 finalists each from the Natural World, Travel, People, Americana, Altered Images and Mobile categories. Voting is also open for the reader's choice award, which will be awarded $500 and be presented together with the category winners ($500 prizes) and the Grand Prize photo ($2,500 prize) on March 31st. This date will also mark the opening of the 2015 competition!

The Smithsonian has a knack for collecting wonderful photos – their 'Wilderness Forever' contest had some amazing wildlife photo submissions!

More info: smithsonianmag.com (h/t: lustik)

#1 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

Ray Collins Report

Melodie 1 year ago

wooooow :D

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#2 A Green Iguana Surfaces For Air, Bonaire, Netherlands

A Green Iguana Surfaces For Air, Bonaire, Netherlands

Lorenzo Mittiga Report

Melodie 1 year ago

Whoa 0_0!

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#3 A Wave Strikes An Elephant Seal Pup, South Georgia Island

A Wave Strikes An Elephant Seal Pup, South Georgia Island

Anthony Smith Report

Affy 1 year ago

I don't care the waves! -_-

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#4 Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Ely, Minnesota

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Ely, Minnesota

Dawn LaPointe Report

SteveLockarboe 1 year ago

I love photography, and if I could take a photo like this, I would legit throw my camera in the water.

#5 Snake, Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica

Snake, Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica

Nicolas Reusens Report

Melodie 1 year ago

lol that frog's just like HALP!

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#6 Spring In Palouse, Palouse, Washington

Spring In Palouse, Palouse, Washington

Ernest Wright Report

Melodie 1 year ago

That looks like a painting! 0_0

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#7 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

Pham Ty Report

Affy 1 year ago

I thought it was some green smoke!

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#8 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

Frank Miles Richert Report

Affy 1 year ago

That's incredible!

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#9 Fog Weaves Through Forest Trees, New Forest, Hampshire, United Kingdom

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

Ellie Davies Report

LisaGall 1 year ago

Beautiful and eerie.

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#10 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

Royce Hutain Report

JudySmith 1 year ago

Wonderment & Inspiration.! A lifetime of possibilities being born.

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#11 A Woman Collects Water Lilies, Chau Doc, Mekong Delta, Vietnam

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

Nhiem Hoang Report

Affy 1 year ago

Country life ♥ ♥ ♥

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#12 A Vicuña, Chimborazo Volcano, Ecuador

A Vicuña, Chimborazo Volcano, Ecuador

Kristhian Castro Report

#13 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

Michel Labrecque Report

Morgano13 1 year ago

How in the world would one take a picture like this!?!?!?!?

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#14 A Girl With Albinism, Valencia, Spain

A Girl With Albinism, Valencia, Spain

Ana Yturralde Report

#15 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

Hoang Long Ly Report

#16 Young Buddhist Novices Play In Hsinbyume Pagoda, Mingun, Mandalay, Myanmar

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

Carbajo Rodriguez Report

wolvesrcool 1 year ago

i want to do that

#17 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

Álvaro Cubero Vega Report

LeslieCully 1 year ago

Beautiful!

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#18 A Brown Bear Walks Across An Estuary, (lake Clark National Park, Alaska

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

Kevin Morgans Report

wolvesrcool 1 year ago

i love the reflection<3

#19 Fireworks Shower Onlookers In Sparks During Holy Week Celebrations, Acobamba, Tarma, Peru

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

David Huamani Bedoya Report

sunnypat 1 year ago

#2What a lucky girl to be immersed in visions of the natural world. I had Life mag Dad brought home Fri with 4 Heath Bars, a weekend treat.

#20 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

Bhaskar Sur Report

#21 Fog Creeps Under The Manhattan Bridge, New York, New York

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

Az Jackson Report

Affy 1 year ago

I read "FOG" as "FROG", now i feel so DUMB cuz i've been searching a leaping frog all this while! :)

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