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
Musicians Arriving at the Bullring
Guardians of the Forest
The Last Pollen Spore Preparing to Leave a Ladybug Trying to Hold On, Because It Didn’t Want to Be Alone
Mummy, I Am Down Here, and Hungry!
Ants Holding Seeds
Rice Terraces Close to Harvest Season
Alternating Rice Plots in the Bacson Valley
A Man-Made Ice Geyser
River Ferry Operating in the Early Morning in Xiao Donjiang, China
People Harvesting Salt at Sunset
The Milky Way Galaxy Exploding from Mount Rainier
Lone Acacia, Sossusvlei Sand Dunes
A Lone Hiker Viewed the Path Before Him as the Milky Way Rose in the Night Sky
Apple Guy on Location in the Desert
Christine, 20-years-old, with Her First Child a Few Months Old
A Whimsical House Set in the Burning Clouds of a Fiery Sunset
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