Finalists Smithsonian Photo Contest 2012

The Smitsonian has released the 50 finalists

These are my favorite photographs in each catagory

The Natural World

A Man-Made Ice Geyser

Photo by Nathan Carlsen (Duluth, Minnesota). Photographed in Duluth, Minnesota, January 2012.


Musicians Arriving at the Bullring

Photo by Raul Amaru Linares (Bogota, Colombia). Photographed in Quito, Ecuador, October 2011.


In One of the Small Churches in Nazareth

Photo by Ilan Fain (Haifa, Israel). Photographed in Nazareth, Israel, July 2011.


Apple Guy on Location in the Desert

Photo by Ron Henderson (Dallas, Texas). Photographed in the Dumont Dunes, California, May 2011.

Altered Images

Il Duomo di Firenze

Photo by Garret Suhrie (Los Angeles, California). Photographed in Florence, Italy, October 2011.

You can see all 50 finalists and vote for your favorite for Readers Choice at Smithsonian. Currently, only one of my picks has more than 1% of the votes cast. And that one is in 10th place. It’s fair to say that none of these will win Reader’s choice. In all but the last group I had one clear favorite. The photo I picked for Altered Images won because it was taken with a point and shoot.


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