Smithsonian Magazine recently announced the finalists for its 11th Annual Photo Contest. 50,000 photographs submitted by photographers from 132 different countries were whittled down to the top 60. Ten photographs were selected from each of the six categories: the Natural World, Travel, People, Americana, Altered Images, and the new category Mobile.
The finalists cover a remarkable variety of photography, but they all hold one thing in common: capturing the beauty and spirit of all walks of life that exist in nature, including animals, plant life, and people from across the globe. Whether the photos depict lush and sunlit rice terraces, a group of children joyously playing soccer, or a sea turtle gliding smoothly beneath the surface of the ocean, they all inspire a similar desire to venture forth into the world to see and experience as much as possible.
In addition to the juried votes, the contest is open for a Readers' Choice vote. Be sure to check out all of the other spectacular finalists and vote for your favorite images here, from now until May 6.