Nine photos depict beauty of nature, evoke emotion of humanity.
In selecting the winners for the 13th annual contest, judges from the photo teams at the Smithsonian Magazine and Smithsonian.com selected photos they considered to be most striking and memorable. It certainly must not have been easy – the thousands of submissions were whittled down to 70 finalists initially, then the best selected in each category.
Categories were “The American Experience”, “Natural World”, “Travel”, “Sustainable Travel”, “People”, “Mobile” and “Altered Images”. This year, a category decided by reader’s votes, aptly named, “Readers Choice”, was added to the mix.
Timing and talent certainly come together to capture these bewitching moments. Winning photos in each category, along with Reader’s Choice and Grand Prize appear below, along with the captions written by the photographer.
To see the finalist photos (they’re amazing too) and for information on this year’s contest, check out the Smithsonian website.