Monday, May 7, 2012

Smithsonian Magazine's 9th Annual Photo Contest

The editors of Smithsonian magazine have just announced the 50 finalists in their 9th annual photo contest. They've kindly allowed me to share several of the final contenders below, including some amazing images from each of the competition's five categories - Americana, The Natural World, People, Altered Images, and Travel. Here are some amazing photos from the 50 finalists of the 9th annual photo contest in each category. ( For more visit www.smithsonianmag.com )

Altered Images

Girl on top of a teddy bear pyramid


By Paulo Bortolini (JundiaĆ­, San Paulo, Brazil)
Photographed September 2011, Campinas, Brazil

Color palettes


By Janwalai Kusuwan (Hillsborough, New Jersey)
Photographed October 2011, New York City, New York

Tubes inverted


By Pamela Maiato (Chelsea, Massachusetts)
Photographed July 2011, Taunton, Massachusetts

Where the soul meets the body


By Laura Diliberto (Wantagh, New York)
Photographed November 2011, New York City, New York

Flight path of the white collared kingfisher


By C.S. Ling (Singapore)
Photographed July 2011, Sabah, Borneo

Americana

Dog watching tourists on the street


By Peter Jacobson (Dresher, Pennsylvania)
Photographed August 2009, Ketchikan, Alaska

Wanting to see her big brother during his baseball game


By Stephanie Fox (Mobile, Alabama)
Photographed March 2011, Mobile, Alabama

Brooklyn Bridge


By Wayne Bennett (Bronx, New York)
Photographed February 2011, New York City, New York

Ranch dog taking a break from work


By Jamie Illian (Dallas, Texas)
Photographed April 2011, Ellsworth, Nebraska

The Natural World

Moonrise over Northern Lights


By Ben Hattenbach (Los Angeles, California)
Photographed March 2011, northern Alaska

An anhinga emerges to swallow his dinner


By Savannah Whitwam (Jacksonville, FL)
Photographed June 2011, Jacksonville, FL

Blue Ice Cave


By Jamie Scarrow (Bruce, Canberra, Australia)
Photographed December 2011, Antarctica

Shrimp within vase sponge


By William Goodwin (Birmingham, Alabama)
Photographed September 2011, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles

A praying mantis as the sun rises over the Everglades


By Paul Marcellini (Miami, Florida)
Photographed November 2010, Everglades National Park, Florida

Neighborly dispute


By Donald Montemorra (Swampscott, Massachusetts)
Photographed July 2009, Katmai National Park, Alaska

Snow and Sand


By Leon Lee (Chicago, Illinois)
Photographed January 2009, Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado

Steam from Mammoth Hot Springs


By Steven Ross (Nixa, Missouri)
Photographed October 2009, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

People


Teala above and below water


By Bridget Bailey (Redding, California)
Photographed July 2010, Redding, California


A homeless boy sleeping inside the train


By Budi Prakasa (Jakarta, Indonesia)
Photographed August 2009, Jakarta, Indonesia

Village boys relaxing


By Nimai Chandra Ghosh (Kolkata, India)
Photographed November 2009, West Bengal, India

Disguised fun


By Somnath Mukherjee (Kolkata, India)
Photographed April 2009, Kolkata, India

The invisible chase


By Afshin Javadi (Rockville, Maryland)
Photographed November 2011, Santa Monica, California

Travel

House collage


By Shyamal Das (Kolkata, India)
Photographed October 2010, Sikkim, West Bengal

The Kara women are the backbone of the tribe


By Nicholas Wiesnet (Garden Grove, California)
Photographed September 2011, Omo River Valley, Ethiopia

Three fishermen on Inle Lake


By David Lazar (Brisbane, Australia)
Photographed January 2011, Inle Lake, Myanmar

The golden rock


By David Lazar (Brisbane, Australia)
Photographed February 2010, Kyaiktiyo, Myanmar

Jabulani the elephant greeting his caretaker


By Paula Durham (Cave Creek, Arizona)
Photographed September 2011, Kapama private game reserve, South Africa

Burmese novices playing soccer in the evening


By Kyaw Kyaw Winn (Yangon, Myanmar)
Photographed April 2011, Myanmar