Incredible Smithsonian Photo Contest Finalists

The Smithsonian Photo Contest, the renowned American photo contest, has unveiled the finalists of its 2016 edition with a selection of 70 photographs from all over the world. Some beautiful images spread across 7 categories: The American Experience, Natural World, Travel, Sustainable Travel, People, Altered Images and Mobile. While waiting for the results on March 27, we propose you a selection of some favorite photos!

We are excited to announce the finalists of the 14th Annual Photo Contest. This year, we received more than 48,000 submissions from photographers in 146 countries and territories. From Michael B. Hardie’s photograph of an octopus hitching a ride on the back of a sea turtle in Hawaii to Kamil Nureev’s shot of reindeer pulling a man across the Siberian tundra, these 70 images stood out to our photo editors as the most unique and memorable.

Voting is now open for the Readers’ Choice winner! Voting is limited to one vote per user per day and runs through March 27 at 11:59:59 PM Eastern Standard Time. The finalist who receives the most votes will be announced alongside our Grand Prize and category winners on March 28.

You can browse all the finalists of the Smithsonian Photo Contest 2016 here.

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