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Solar Eclipse (c) Colleen Pinski

The Smithsonian are currently holding their 10th Annual Photo Contest and have announced the finalists for 2012. Ambitious photographers from around the globe took stunning, high quality pictures in the categories of: The Natural World, Travel, People, Americana and Altered Images. The final selection shows us parts of our planet in ways that we never would have thought existed. If you feel strongly about any of these images, or photography in general, you have until March 29th, 2013 to place your vote for the winner.

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People Harvesting Salt at Sunset (c) Hoang Giang Hai


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Rice Terraces Close to Harvest Season (c) Vo Anh Kiet


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Musicians Arriving at the Bullring (c) Raul Amaru Linares


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Monks Releasing Lanterns During Loy Krathong in Chiang Mai, Thailand (c) Daniel Nahabedian


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River Ferry Operating in the Early Morning in Xiao Donjiang, China (c) James Khoo


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A Lone Hiker Viewed the Path Before Him as the Milky Way Rose in the Night Sky (c) Jason J. Hatfield


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A Visit to Bagan, Myanmar (c) Han Tha


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Alternating Rice Plots in the Bacson Valley (c) Hai Thinh Hoang


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Guardians of the Forest (c) Piers Calvert


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The Milky Way Galaxy Exploding from Mount Rainier (c) David Morrow


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A Man-Made Ice Geyser (c) Nathan Carlsen


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Baby Owl in Studio (c) Phillip Pilkington


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Breeding Penguins (c) Neal Piper


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A Pair of Bald Eagles Share a Meal (c) Don Holland


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Apple Guy on Location in the Desert (c) Ron Henderson


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Twisted (c) Tim Wright


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Chasing Shadows (c) Violet Kashi


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Il Duomo di Firenze (c) Garret Suhrie

Vote between these and many more at the Smithsonian Photo Contest

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