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Smithsonian 10th Annual Photo Contest Finalists: Some of my Favorites

"Art", "Inspiration"Meghan Mary Keeley HarcarComment

Photo by Hoang Giang Hai (Hanoi, Vietnam). Photographed in the Ninh Hoa District, Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam, August 2012
Photo by Raul Amaru Linares (Bogota, Colombia). Photographed in Quito, Ecuador, October 2011
Photo by Colleen Pinski (Peyton, CO). Photographed in Albuquerque, NM 2012
Photo by Md. Akhias Uddin (Sylhet, Bangladesh). Photographed in Moulvibazar, Bangladesh, April 2012
Photo by Han Tha (Yangon, Myanmar). Photographed in Bagan, Myanmar, January 2011
Photo by David Morrow (Everett, Washington). Photographed at Sunrise Point in Mount Rainier National Park, Washington, October 6, 2012
Photo by Daniel Nahabedian (Chiang Mai, Thailand). Photographed in Chiang Mai, Thailand, November 2012
Photo by David Egan (San Francisco, California). Photographed in Petaluma, California, September 1, 2011

*I just couldn't resist this one, it reminded me too much of a real life Edward Hopper
Photo by Javier Arcenillas (Alcobendas, Madrid, Spain); Photographed in Chicago, Illinois, October 2010
Photo by Bjorn Olesen (Singapore). Photographed in Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia, November 2010
Photo by Jenny Braun (Hampton, Minnesota). Photographed in Hampton, Minnesota, July 2012
Photo by Violet Kashi (Giv'atayim, Israel). Photographed in Tel Aviv, Israel, September 2011

These photos are just a small sampling of the finalists chosen for the Smithsonian Magazine's 10th Annual Photography contest.  The photos are divided into 5 different categories: The Natural World, Travel, People, Americana, and Altered Images.  While the images above are some of my favorites (I tend to really respond to composition and creative uses of light), truth be told they are all gorgeous and really inspiring. If you have time, definitely check out the rest of the images on the Smithsonian Magazines website. A winner in each category, the Grand Prize winner and Readers' Choice Award are going to be announced in late April, so probably any day now!