Smithsonian Photo Contest: Vote for the Best Wildlife, Travel and People Pictures

Vote for the winner of the Smithsonian Photo Contest Readers' Choice Award. Smithsonian Photo Contest

Smithsonian magazine has named the finalists in its 15th Annual Photo Contest. This year's competition received 48,000 submissions from photographers in 155 countries and territories. The judges have chosen ten finalists in each of the six categories: Natural World, The American Experience, Travel, People, Altered Images and Mobile. 

Now they would like your help: Newsweek readers are invited to vote for a special Readers' Choice Award. Voting is limited to one vote per user per day and runs through 2:00 pm Eastern Standard Time on March 26.

In this gallery, we publish 15 of the finalists; see all 60 and vote your favorite here

Natural World-Erika Valkovicova Natural World finalist: Erika Valkovicova – Joy. 'A seal pup enjoys the morning breeze on Dune Island in Germany.' © Erika Valkovicova. All rights reserved Natural World-Alex Varani Natural World finalist: Alex Varani – Seahorse. 'Hippocampus denise, one of the smallest seahorses in the world, clings to the branches of a gorgonia along with shrimp that are well hidden.' © Alex Varani. All rights reserved Natural World-Salvador Colvée Nebot Natural World finalist: Salvador Colvée Nebot – Joy. The Window. 'During my stay at a Costa Rican hotel, I noticed that red-eyed tree frogs flooded the gardens. As I approached this frog, it climbed into one of the holes in a leaf, as if it were sticking out a window.' © Salvador Colvée Nebot. All rights reserved Natural World-Roie Galitz Natural World finalist: Roie Galitz – Bear and Salmon. 'This brown bear successfully captured a salmon in Kuril Lake. There is no happier bear than a bear with a fresh salmon in his mouth. The bears at Kuril Lake are in a state of hyperphaghia, meaning they are always hungry. They must gain weight before the winter’s hibernation and catch up to 40 salmon a day to achieve that.' © Roie Galitz. All rights reserved Natural World-Martin Prochazka Natural World finalist: Martin Prochazka – Lion's Mane Jellyfish. 'A lion’s mane jellyfish is lured by a rich plankton soup.' © Martin Prochazka. All rights reserved Travel-Tran Tuan Viet Travel finalist: Tran Tuan Viet – Making Incense. 'Decoratively dyed bundles of incense dry in Quang Phu Cau, a commune in Hanoi, Vietnam. In Buddhist countries like Vietnam, incense is an irreplaceable part of traditional festivals and religious ceremonies.' © Tran Tuan Viet. All rights reserved Travel-Azim Khan Ronnie Travel finalist: Azim Khan Ronnie – Red Chili Pepper Pickers. 'Countless chili peppers surround laborers in the Bogra district in the north of Bangladesh. More than 2,000 people work in almost 100 chili farms in Bogra in Bangladesh to supply local spice companies with chilies for use in their recipes. Chili peppers are a major part of the Bengali cuisine popular in Bangladesh and are used as part of a combination of spices for various meat dishes, including chicken and beef.' © Azim Khan Ronnie. All rights reserved The American Experience-Jason Hatfield The American Experience finalist: Jason Hatfield – Summit Eclipse. 'Mountaineers witness totality of the 2017 eclipse on the highest mountain in its path, 13,809′ Gannett Peak. Deep in the Wind River Range of Wyoming, reaching the summit requires two days of backpacking, a 12+ hour climb day, and crossing two glaciers.' © Jason Hatfield. All rights reserved The American Experience-Dan Fenstermacher The American Experience finalist: Dan Fenstermacher – Backflip Submission. 'A wrestler does a backflip off the ropes of a wrestling ring in an attempt to defeat an opponent.' © Dan Fenstermacher. All rights reserved The American Experience-Brittainy Newman The American Experience finalist: Brittainy Newman – Untitled. '"I can cry in front of them, I can tell them my secrets. I buy them things and they calm me down. I just feel comfortable around them,” says 26-year old Lisa Schalm as she poses for a portrait inside of her bedroom in Brockport, New York, on October 11, 2017. Lisa suffers from depression, anxiety, and borderline personality disorder and said that these reborn dolls are the only solution to help calm her symptoms. A reborn doll is a manufactured skin doll that has been transformed by an artist to resemble a human infant with as much realism as possible.' © Brittainy Newman. All rights reserved People-Oleksander Rupeta People finalist: Oleksandr Rupeta – Barbershop. 'A barbershop in Maramba, Livingstone, Zambia.' © Oleksandr Rupeta. All rights reserved People-Jorge López Muñoz People finalist: Jorge López Muñoz – El Clot (The Hole), Gypsy Wedding. El Clot is an apartment block in Valencia’s historic El Cabanyal neighborhood that has been under threat of demolition for 20 years. Gypsy families have occupied and restored some of the empty apartments, where they live in poverty and under threat from law enforcement.' © Jorge López Muñoz. All rights reserved People-Gareth-Bragdon People finalist: Gareth Bragdon – Green. 'A vendor at a fun fair in The Meadows, Edinburgh.' © Gareth Bragdon. All rights reserved People-Alain Schroeder People finalist: Alain Schroeder – A Belgian Angel. A man goes home after attending the Meyboom festival in Brussels.' © Alain Schroeder. All rights reserved Mobile-Laurence Bouchard-Stepping Out of the Shadows Mobile finalist: Laurence Bouchard – Stepping Out of the Shadows. 'A woman carrying a striped black and white umbrella passes some gates.' © Laurence Bouchard. All rights reserved

The Readers’ Choice Winner, the six category winners and the Grand Prize will be announced on March 27. 


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