The Incredible Finalists of the 14th Smithsonian Photo Competition 2016

Choosing the winner of a competition that’s had more than 48,000 submissions is never easy and yet the judges of the 14th Annual Smithsonian Photo Contest have whittled their way down to just 70 finalists.

The competition received submissions from both amatuer and professional photographers from more than 146 countries and voting for the overall winners is now open for the Reader’s Choice. Each of the photos manages to capture a beautiful moment that tells a captivating story, whether it’s of a octopus taking a ride on a turtles back through the ocean to a beautifully composed photo of a baby elephant and its mother taking a drink.

You can see the full list of finalists as well as vote for your favourite here.

1. Take Me Away, Deer! Travel Finalist

Kamil Nureev

2. Look Me In The Eye, Natural World Finalist

Prelena Soma Owen

3. Lighting The Old Man, Travel Finalist

Garry Ridsdale

4. Firewalking, Travel Finalist

Binh Duong

5. Dream, Natural World Finalist

Mario Gustavo Fiorucci

6. Winter is Coming, Altered Images Finalist

Pedro Jarque Krebs

7. Turtle-back Ride, Natural World Finalist

Michael B. Hardie

8. Swamp Raccoon, Natural World Finalist

Kim Aikawa

9. Flying, Natural World Finalist

Lina Samoukova

10. Long Cow, Mobile Finalist

Pier Luigi Dodi

11. Sustainable Future, Sustainable Travel Finalist

Ben Hicks

12. Cormorant Fisherman, People Finalist

Duangmon C

13. Individual Communication, Travel Finalist

Peter Nutkins

14. Into The Wild, Mobile Finalist

Vickson Dasan

15. Snowflake, Mobile Finalist

Rekha Bobade

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