Incredible Images: Finalists from Smithsonian’s Annual Photo Contest

A solar eclipse while the sun is setting in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on May 20, 2012. Photographed by Colleen Pinski of Peyton, Colorado

For ten years Smithsonian Magazine has held their annual photo contest that attracts some of the greatest images from around the world. On March 4, 2013, Smithsonian posted the finalists from the 2012 entries. The images come from the contests five categories: The American Experience, The Natural World, People, Travel, and Altered Images.

The Airspace collected 13 of the 50 incredible finalists here. You can view all of the images on the Smithsonian site, and vote for your favorite to win the Reader’s Choice award.

Rice plots in the Bac Son Valley, Vietnam. Photographed by Hai Thinh Hoang, of Hanoi

Ants holding seeds, by Eko Adiyanto, of West Java, Indonesia.

Lone Acacia, Sossusvlei Sand Dunes, Namibia. Photographed by Bob Bush of Altadena, California

Bagan, Myanmar photographed by Han Tha, from Yangon, Myanmar

Musicians arriving at a bullring in Quito, Ecuador. Taken by Raul Amaru Linares, of Bogota, Colombia

A man-made ice geyser in Duluth, Minnesota, by Nathan Carlsen, of Duluth

Streets of Chicago, by Javier Arcenillas of Alcobendas, Madrid, Spain

Aftermath of Iowa tornado, in Mapleton, Iowa. Photographed by Timothy Wright of Omaha, Nebraska

Rice terraces in La Pan Tan, Mu Cang Chay, Yen Bai, Vietnam. Taken by Vo Anh Kiet of Ho Chi Minh City

Policemen run across the National Congress in Brasilia during a demonstration. Photographed by Olivier Boels from Brasilia, Brazil

Altered image of Il Duomo di Firenze, by Garret Suhrie of Los Angeles, California

River ferry in Xiao Donjiang, China, by Teng Hin Khoo, of Shah Alam, Malaysia


Smithsonian Photo Contest 2012
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