Smithsonian announces 70 finalists of their 14th Annual Photo Contest

Smithsonian just released the 70 finalists for their 14th annual photo contest and is currently accepting votes for their Readers’ Choice award. Submissions ran from March 22, 2016 through November 30, 2016, and received over 48,000 submissions from photographers in 146 countries and territories, from which they selected finalists in 7 categories: Natural World, The American Experience, Travel, People, Altered Images, Mobile, and Sustainable Travel.

Finalists include stunning images from around the world, including a photo of an octopus catching a ride on the back of a sea turtle in Hawaii, as captured by photographer Michael B. Hardie for the Natural World category. Other notable images include stormy skies over Scotland's Old Man of Storr, as well as an elderly man smoking on the back of his oxen taxi at the white temple of Mingun in Myanmar.

Voting for Readers' Choice opened on Tuesday as well, and will remain available until Monday, March 17.

Take Me Away, Deer!

Category: Travel

Photographer: Kamil Nureev


Step by Step

Category: People

Photographer: João Borges


Morning Mist

Category: Travel

Photographer: Gunarto Gunawan


Singing the Blues

Category: The American Experience

Photographer: Jared N. Johnson


City Lights

Category: Altered Images

Photographer: Liam Wong


Rocky Peaks

Category: Travel

Photographer: Garry Ridsdale


Snow Geese

Category: Altered Images

Photographer: Lee Levin-Friend



Fire Walk

Category: Travel

Photographer: Binh Duong



A Ring of Light

Category: People

Photographer: Javier Arcenillas



A Moment in the Sun

Category: Sustainable Future

Photographer: Ben Hicks


Octopus Car

Category: Mobile

Photographer: Alina Rudya



Jakobshavn Melt

Category: Sustainable Travel

Photographer: Kerry Koepping


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