The Natural World/Photo: Colleen Pinski
The Smithsonian Magazine has announced the 50 finalists for their tenth annual photo contest, and there are some pretty epic shots on display.
The contest's five categories are the natural world, travel, people, Americana, and altered images - if you have time, it's worth heading to the contest page at Smithsonian.com and looking at all the submissions.
The winners will be selected by Smithsonian's editors, but there are also Reader's Choice Awards, so if you'd like to weigh in, here's your chance.
Travel: Musicians in Quito, Ecuador/Photo: Raul Amaru Linares
Altered Images: The aftermath of a tornado in Mapleton, Iowa/Photo: Tim Wright
Travel: Bryce Canyon National park, Utah/Photo: Jason J. Hatfield
The Natural World: Ants in Bekasi, West Java in Indonesia/Photo: Eko Adiyanto
Travel: A lone acacia (aka thorntree) in Namibia/Photo: Bob Bush
Travel: Salt harvesters in Ninh Hoa District, Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam/Photo: Hoang Giang Hai
Altered Images: Composite photo of the Duomo in Florence, Italy/Photo: Garret Suhrie
Travel: Temples in Bagan, Burma/Photo: Han Tha
The Natural World: A man-made ice geyser in Duluth, Minnesota/Photo: Nathan Carlsen
Via The Atlantic