This year, the Annual Smithsonian Photo Contest received 48,000 submissions from photographers in 155 countries. Here are 20 of the 60 finalists in the six categories: Natural World, The American Experience, Travel, People, Altered Images, and Mobile.
Stepping Out of the Shadows
Boatman by Debashis Mukherjee
Jamalpur, West Bengal, India. © Debashis Mukherjee. All rights reserved.
“A boatman enjoys the leisure of reading a newspaper on his boat.”
“Affection” by Thomas Chadwick
“Red Chili Pepper Pickers” by Azim Khan Ronnie
Lion’s Mane Jellyfish by Martin Prochazka.
“Making Incense” by Tran Tuan Viet
This was shot in a pool and inverted upside down by Meaghan Ogilvie.
“Sardines in the Sun” by Giacomo Marchione
“Salt Field Workers” by Matty Karp
“Umbrella Market” by Thanh Tran
“Bear and Salmon” by Roie Galitz
Simple Motions by Petr Lovigin
Rhino From Chitwan by Tanya Sharapova
Summit Eclipse by Jason Hatfield
Green by Gareth Bragdon
After a Long Day by Geoffrey Giller
NYC by Tatiana Borodina
Feliz Navidad by Alexey Kharitonov
Rare by Sara Jacoby
Swimming by Fabio Teixeria