Every year thousands of photographers submit their best work to the Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest. The pictures all fall under one of the following categories: the natural world, travel, people, Americana, or altered images. Both the editors and the readers then select who they think is the winner of each category. The photos you are about to see are all finalists in this year’s competition and certainly worthy of that honor. These are the 25 best photos from the 2013 Smithsonian Magazine Contest.
Monks Releasing Lanterns During Loy Krathong in Chiang Mai, Thailand
A Visit to Bagan, Myanmar
An Onlooker Witnesses the Annular Solar Eclipse as the Sun Sets on May 20, 2012