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)

#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.

#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 2 years 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.

#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 2 years 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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