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Finalists of Smithsonian Photo Contest 2016

The name of the winner of the grand prize and winners in each of the categories will be announced in late March.

The jury of the 14th international Smithsonian Photo Contest published a shortlist: the finalists were selected from over 48,000 submissions sent by photographers from 146 countries.

The shortlist includes 70 photographs in seven categories: Natural World, Travel, People, Mobile, American Experience, Altered Image, and Sustainable Travel.

The winners will be named during the award ceremony on March 28. Voting for the best photograph is also open on the website of the Smithsonian magazine — the winner will receive the Reader’s Choice prize.

The best photographs from last year’s contest are available here.

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Red. Gareth Bragdon
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A nun walks slowly next to the chapel of Notre Dame du Hau in Ronchamp, France. Folco Salani
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Break time during a street theater festival known as FITECA. Periphery of Lima, Peru. Sharon Castellanos
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This shot was taken in China's Shijiazhuang, which is considered one of the most polluted cities in Asia. Arek Rataj
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Kids at Play. Philip Am Guay
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Volando en las nubes del agua. Luis Henry Agudelo Cano
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Noon. Jian Wang
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Long Cow. Pier Luigi Dodi
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Paper Mill. Jassen Todorov
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We were the very last to get on a small plane taking us from Sochi to Saint Petersburg… Lina Samoukova
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Javier Arcenillas
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Swamp Raccoon, Kim Aikawa
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Firewalking, Binh Duong
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Orangutan, Alexandra Cearns

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