Smithsonian Magazine is always worth paying attention to, but their photography contest is always an annual highlight.
The most recent competition is no exception, featuring exceptional examples of photojournalism, wildlife photography and stunningly unique compositions.
The finalsists for 2017 have just been announced and some of the images are truly amazing.
Finalists fall into several categories, including
Altered Images, Mobile, Natural World, People, Travel and The American Experience.
Erika Valkovicova, a photographer from the Czech Republc, got this amazing photo; “ A seal pup enjoys the morning breeze on Düne Island in Germany.”
Pedro Jarque Krebs’s composition, The King, is a finalist in the Altered Images section. “ Griffon vulture portrait, photographed in France.”
“ 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, Denia, Spain
“Energy travels hundreds of miles across the ocean and comes to a dramatic end when it reaches our shores. Photographed in California.” Oreon Strusinski (Natural World Finalist)
“ When I went to take photos of an apartment, I saw a woman through market umbrellas. Photographed in Vietnam.” – Thanh Tran (Travel Finalist)
We’ve selected a small handful, but the full range are all available over at the
. Smithsonian Magazine website