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PACKED IN THE CABIN OF A TRAIN TO JODPHUR Jaipur, India, January 2011 (Ho Lee/Hong Kong, China)
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HOUSE COLLAGE Sikkim, West Bengal, October 2010 (Shyamal Das/Kolkata, India)
THREE FISHERMAN ON INLE LAKE Inle Lake, Myanmar, January 2011 (David Lazar/Brisbane, Australia)
SUNSET CLAMMING Xiapu, Fujian, China, January 2009 (Jia Han Dong/Parsippany, New Jersey)
WOMEN MAKING TRADITIONAL ART Rajasthan, India, November 2010 (Chetan Soni/MadhyaPradesh, India)
CLAMMING AT THE OREGON COAST Garibaldi, Oregon, June 2010 (Lucy Chien/Alexandria, Virginia)
A PRAYING MANTIS AS THE SUN RISES OVER THE EVERGLADES Everglades National Park, Florida (Paul Marcellini/Miami, Florida)
KING PENGUINS South Georgia, November 2010 (Jamie Scarrow/Bruce, Canberra, Australia)
AN ANHINGA EMERGES TO SWALLOW HIS DINNER Jacksonville, Florida, June 2011 (Savannah Whitwam/Jacksonville, Florida)
STEAM FROM MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, October 2009 (Steve Ross/Nixa, Missouri)
BLUE ICE CAVE Antarctica, December 2011 (Jamie Scarrow/Bruce, Canberra, Australia)
BROOKLYN BRIDGE New York City, New York, February 2011 (Wayne Bennett/Bronx, New York)
OLD MINE ON RED MOUNTAIN PASS Ouray, Colorado, October 2009 (Robert Castellino/Lafayette, Colorado)
SAMANTHA ON HER FARM Connorsville, Wisconsin, May 2011 (Bernadette Pollard/St. Paul, Minnesota)
RANCH DOG TAKING A BREAK FROM WORK Ellsworth, Nebraska, April 2010 (Jamie Illian/Dallas, Texas)
99 CENT DREAMS New York City, New York, December 2010 (Nancy Breslin/Newark, Delaware)
WANTING TO SEE HER BIG BROTHER DURING HIS BASEBALL GAME Mobile, Alabama, March 2011 (Stephanie Fox/Mobile, Alabama)
A WATERFOWL HUNTER AND HIS DOG CALL IT A DAY Monte Vista, Colorado, March 2010 (Mallory Olenius/Denver, Colorado)
THE FLOWER GIRL Boston, Massachusetts, June 2011 (Joseph Richard/Altomonte Springs, Florida)
DISGUISED FUN Kolkata, India, April 2009 (Somnath Mukherjee/Kolkata, India)
A HOMELESS BOY SLEEPING INSIDE THE TRAIN Jakarta, Indonesia, August 2009 (Budi Prakasa/Jakarta, Indonesia)
TEALA ABOVE AND BELOW WATER Redding, California, July 2010 (Bridget Bailey/Redding, California)
25 TOES West Bengal, India, November 2009 (Nimai Ghosh/Kolkata, India)
BEHIND THE BLUE Lilongwe, Malawi, May 2011 (Paolo Patruno/Bologna, Italy)

The Smithsonian Magazine is presenting their 9th annual photo contest and here is a look at some of the finalists. Editors for the contest received a whopping 67,059 photos from contestant all over the world. We do not envy the task of whittling the field down, but we are certainly appreciative of the end result. The editors will select a grand prize winner in addition to winners of categories such as The Natural World, People, Americana, Travel and Altered Images. Smithsonian also invites us all to vote for a people’s choice winner here.

Check out some of the photos as compiled by


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