By Amanda

LifeBuzz Staff

The Smithsonian Runs A Photo Contest… Here Are This Year’s Finalists.

A great photo can move you, make you think, or transport you to a place that you never thought you'd see for your own eyes. The judges of the 12th Annual Smithsonian Photo Contest have chosen finalists that achieve all of the above.

Smithsonian received 26,600 images from 93 different countries across the globe. The photographs range from simple, serene moments in the countryside of southeast Asia, to cityscapes from right in the heart of America. Looking at these 25 finalists is like being treated to a little slice of life from all over the world.

The winners will be announced on March 31, 2015, but if you want a sneak-peek at 25 of the images that made the final round, check out the photos below.

Sewing the Fishing Net

Finalist: People

Women of a small village near Vinh Hy Bay, Vietnam, sew a fiching net while their husbands fish.-Pham Ty

Frog Legs

Finalist: Natural World

"During my last trip to Cota Rica I managed to photograph this beautiful snake in the worst of all situations (for the frog of course)"-Nicolas Rreusens

Early Morning Canoe

Finalist: Americana

"As my husband and I stood on the shore admiring the twilight, we anticipated that a spectacular scene would unfold at sunrise."-Dawn LaPointe

Iguana Encounter

Finalist: Natural World

A green Iguana surfaces for air. "I had decided to take some over/under water photographs of the sunset from inside one of my favorite Bonaire caves. There I was, fully equipped with my wetsuit, fins, mask and snorkel and my camera...when a curious friend interruted my solitude,"-Lorenzo Mittiga


Finalist: People

"This is my baby girl, Hannah. Although my sister captures her all the time, she told me as a mother I could capture things no one else could."-Amy Hand


Finalist: Natural World

"Young Cheetahs learn to hunt by chasing down a fawn"-Eng Siong Yeo

HsinByume Pagoda

Finalist: Travel

Young Buddhist novices play in Hsinbyume Pagoda, Myanmar. "Once the tourists leave the last boat to Mandalay, the pagoda and it's terraces become the perfect playground for the kids."-Sergio Carbajo

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