The finalists of
Smithsonian.com's 12th Annual Photo Contest have been announced. Readers are invited to vote for a special Readers' Choice Award. Polling will remain open until 30 March, and winners will be announced on 31 March.
Smithsonian received over 26,600 submissions spanning six categories: The Natural World, Travel, People, Americana, Altered Images and Mobile. Ten finalists from each category have been selected.
IBTimes UK publishes a selection of the finalists; you can see more here. Finalist, Natural World: A snake swallows an unlucky frog near the Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica Nicolas Reusens, Madrid, Spain Finalist, Natural World:Light refracts through the curves of a breaking wave, New South Wales, Australia Ray Collins, Sydney, Australia Finalist: People: An albino child attends an exhibition about albinos at the Ethnology Museum of Valencia Ana Yturralde, Valencia, Spain Finalist: People: Onno, a teenage girl from the Arbore tribe in the Ommo Valley, Ethiopia Matjaz Krivic, Ljubljana, Slovenia Finalist: Americana: Two presidents: US President Barack Obama stands in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC Olivier Douliery, US Finalist: People: Women sew a fishing net in Vinh Hy bay, Ninh Thuan, Vietnam Pham Ty, Vietnam Finalist: Travel: Girl looking out the window of a slow train, while an old woman sleeps, Kayah State, Myanmar Jorge Fernandez, Spain Finalist, Natural World: A harmless but very restless snake in Selva Verde Lodge, Sarapiqui, Costa Rica Alvaro Cubero Vega, Costa Rica Finalist, Natural World: Grizzly bear walking in an estuary in Lake Clark National Park, Alaska Kevin Morgans, Wirral Peninsula, Cheshire, UK Finalist: Travel: Young Buddhist novices playing at Hsinbyume Pagoda, Myanmar Sergio Carbajo Rodriguez, La Garriga, Spain Finalist: Travel: Children play in Bani, Burkina Faso Matjaz Krivic, Ljubljana, Slovenia Finalist: Travel: Densely packed Christian cemetery in Hong Kong Brian Yen, Hong Kong Finalist, Americana: July 4th celebration on the bank of the Willamette River in Independence, Oregon Anne Marcom, McMinnville, Oregon