Spectacular Finalists in the Smithsonian Annual Photo Contest
The Smithsonian.com 13th Annual Photo Contest recently announced the finalists for its renowned competition. From March 31, 2015 to December 1, 2015, they received over 46,000 submissions from photographers in 168 countries and territories—the judges certainly had their work cut out for them! From this massive turnout, they narrowed down the list to 70 category finalists in the following seven categories: Natural World; The American Experience; Travel; People; Altered; Mobile; and Sustainable Travel.
For years, the annual competition has been one of our favorites, showcasing some of the most stunning sights from around the world. The images vary in subject matter, from breathtaking landscapes to adorably furry creatures to mysterious scenes. Each photo, while unique, has a common theme—they all evoke a sense of wonder and encourage us to go explore our wold.
Now it’s your turn to help Smithsonian.com narrow down their list even further with the Readers’ Choice award. Voting for this honor opened on Monday, February 22 and will close on Monday, March 21. Cast your ballot on the Smithsonian website. The awards—Grand Prize, Readers’ Choice, and seven category winners—will be announced on Tuesday, March 22. Check out 15 of our favorite finalists, below.