Gorgeous Photos: Smithsonian Contest

Laurie says:

The Smithsonian Photo Contest often has exquisite and powerful photos. This year is no exception.

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Fish nets:  Pham Ty from Vietnam
Sewing the fishing net, Vinh Hy bay, Ninh Thuan, Vietnam. Photographed by Pham Ty from Vietnam
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Young buddhist novices playing in Hsinbyume Pagoda, Myanmar. Photographed by Sergio Carbajo Rodriguez from La Garriga, Spain
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From Alan Taylor in Focus:

The editors of Smithsonian magazine┬áhave just announced the finalists in their 12th annual photo contest, selected from more than 26,500 entries. They’ve kindly allowed me to share several of these images here from the competition’s six categories: The Natural World, Travel, People, Americana, Altered Images and Mobile. Captions were written by the photographers. Be sure to visit the contest page at (Smithsonian.com) to see all the finalists.

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Onno, a teenage girl from the Arbore tribe in Ommo Valley, Ethiopia. Photographed by Matjaz Krivic from Ljubljana, Slovenia
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Green iguana:  Lorenzo Mittig

A green iguana surfaces for air in a sea cave of the Caribbean island of Bonaire. Photographed by Lorenzo Mittig
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I really like Alan Taylor’s taste. Check out all of the photos on his site.