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Editor's Choice Pictures of the Day - Smithsonian Photo Contest Finalists - March 6, 2012

This is a selection of Smithsonian magazine’s 9th annual photo contest finalists. The contest has attracted over 14 thousand photographers from   over 100 countries. The five categories include —The Natural World, Americana, People, Travel and Altered Images (for photographs that have been manipulated).

Smithsonian photo editors have selected 50 finalists, 10 in each category, which will be displayed on the Smithsonian website. Ultimately, the editors will select one winner in each category, as well as one grand prize winner. Readers are invited to select an additional winner by voting for Readers Choice  for their favorite image on the site The voting period will be open from March 1-31, 2012.  All photos © Smithsonian.com

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Village boys relaxing

Nimai Chandra Ghosh (Kolkata, India)
Photographed November 2009, West Bengal, India


Blue Ice Cave

Jamie Scarrow (Bruce, Canberra, Australia)
Photographed December 2011, Antarctica


Segways on tour in Valencia near a modern building

Marcel van Balken (Amstelveen, Netherlands)
Photographed October 2010, Valencia, Spain



The golden rock

David Lazar (Brisbane, Australia)
Photographed February 2010, Kyaiktiyo, Myanmar


The Kara women are the backbone of the tribe

Nicholas Wiesnet (Garden Grove, California)
Photographed September 2011, Omo River Valley, Ethiopia


Moonrise over Northern Lights

Ben Hattenbach (Los Angeles, California)
Photographed March 2011, northern Alaska


Everything will be all right

Brian Day (Oak Park, Michigan)
Photographed April 2011, Detroit, Michigan


Behind the blue

Paolo Patruno (Bologna, Italy)
Photographed May 2011, Lilongwe, Malawi


Wanting to see her big brother during his baseball game

Stephanie Fox (Mobile, Alabama)
Photographed March 2011, Mobile, Alabama


Neighborly dispute

Donald Montemorra (Swampscott, Massachusetts)
Photographed July 2009, Katmai National Park, Alaska


Ranch dog taking a break from work

Jamie Illian (Dallas, Texas)
Photographed April 2011, Ellsworth, Nebraska



A homeless boy sleeping inside the train

Budi Prakasa (Jakarta, Indonesia)
Photographed August 2009, Jakarta, Indonesia


King Penguins

Jamie Scarrow (Bruce, Canberra, Australia)
Photographed November 2010, South Georgia


Three fishermen on Inle Lake

David Lazar (Brisbane, Australia)
Photographed January 2011, Inle Lake, Myanmar



The diversity of ordinary life

Branko Stojanovic (Novi Sad, Serbia)
Photographed November 2011, Novi Sad, Serbia




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