Smithsonian’s 11th Annual Photo Contest

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American institution announces finalists in yearly photography competition

The American institution announced the finalists in the yearly photography competition. See gallery

Washington’s world-famous Smithsonian Institution has announced the finalists of its 11th annual photo competition. Sixty finalists have been selected from more than 50,000 images submitted from 132 countries across the world, and placed into six categories for its in-house journal: Altered Images, Americana, Mobile, Natural World, People and Travel.

This image, by Nicolas Reusens in the Altered Images category, features a red-eyed tree frog underwater in El Arenal, Costa Rica.

If you’d like to vote for the Reader’s Choice winner, visit to choose your favorite from the finalists.

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Ken Lee (Travel)

Two creatures do battle on a clear night in Ricardo Breceda’s sculpture garden in Borrego Springs, California, with the Milky Way in the background.

Karen Lunney/Smithsonian
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Karen Lunney (Natural World)

Wildebeests struggle as they cross a river during their annual migration in Kenya’s Serengeti-Mara region.

Mark Kaplan/Smithsonian
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Mark Kaplan (Americana)

Dust swirls around residents of Black Rock City, Nevada, USA, at the ‘Black Rock Bijou Theatre’ during the Burning Man Festival.

Vo Ahn Kiet/Smithsonian
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Vo Ahn Kiet (Travel)

Terraced fields are pictured during harvest season in Mu Cang Chay, Vietnam.

Christopher Doherty/Smithsonian
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Christopher Doherty (Natural World)

A sea turtle is captured at the Black Rock dive site in Ka’anapali, Hawaii, USA, in an image entitled Breath At Sunset.

Daniel D’Auria/Smithsonian
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Daniel D’Auria (Natural World)

A coastal brown bear hunts for salmon on Silver Salmon Creek in Alaska’s Lake Clark National Park and Preserve.

Nguyễn Bảo Sơn/Smithsonian
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Nguyễn Bảo Sơn (People)

After being knocked over by the strong wind, the photographer was able to capture this image of three women struggling in the gusty weather in Phan Rang-Thap Cham, Ninh Thuận, Vietnam.

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Seyms Brugger (Natural World)

Two cheetah cubs tussle for the remnants of a springbok antelope at Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park in South Africa.

John Gamble/Smithsonian
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John Gamble (Mobile)

A young snow monkey bathes at Jigokudani Monkey Park in Nagano, Japan.

Michael Frank/Smithsonian
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Michael Frank (Altered Images)

Woodward Avenue Presbyterian church lies abandoned in Detroit, Michigan, USA.

Dina Bova/Smithsonian
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Dina Bova (Altered Images)

An image entitled Babylon – Made In Italy shows Cinque Terre in Italy edited to look like the Babylon tower, as painted by Pieter Bruegel.

Candy Feng/Smithsonian
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Candy Feng (People)

The photographer’s son is dwarfed by the majesty of Iceland’s Fjallsárlón Glacier.

Tandis Khodadadian/Smithsonian
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Tandis Khodadadian (Mobile)

The blue arch of a mosque stands in the photographer’s hometown of Esfahan, Iran.

Carol Lynne Fowler/Smithsonian
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Carol Lynne Fowler (Americana)

A champion bronco bucks a champion rider at Helmville Rodeo in Montana, USA.

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