Vote for the Readers’ Choice Winner!


We are excited to announce the finalists of the 14th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest. This year, we received more than 48,000 submissions from photographers in 146 countries and territories. From Michael B. Hardie’s photograph of an octopus hitching a ride on the back of a sea turtle in Hawaii to Kamil Nureev’s shot of reindeer pulling a man across the Siberian tundra, these 70 images stood out to our photo editors as the most unique and memorable.

smithsonian03aIndividual Communication by Peter Nutkins
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smithsonian03bDreaming Matera by Alessandro Cocca
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smithsonian03cCormorant Fisherman by Duangmon C.
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smithsonian03dTurtle-Back Ride by Michael B. Hardie
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smithsonian03eSwamp Raccoon by Kim Aikawa
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smithsonian03fWhere Water Once Flowed by Aya Okawa
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Voting is now open for the Readers’ Choice winner! Voting is limited to one vote per user per day and runs through March 27 at 11:59:59 PM Eastern Standard Time. The finalist who receives the most votes will be announced alongside our Grand Prize and category winners on March 28.

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