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Striking Images Of Our Amazing World From The Smithsonian Photo Contest Shortlist

The finalists of the Smithsonian's 12th Annual Photo Contest have been announced and they are incredibly eye-catching.

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© Nicolas Reusens, finalist: Natural World, Photo Contest


An image of a snake devouring a frog in Costa Rica joins the striking 60-image shortlist of entries for the 12th Annual Photo Contest.

The image of the snake, which is listed in the Natural World category of the competition, was captured by photographer Nicolas Reusens who was hiking in a Costa Rica jungle. Commenting on the shot, Nicolas said: "I could only get around five pictures before the frog was swallowed and the snake disappeared into the deep forest. Not until I arrived home did I realise I had taken one of my favourite shots of the whole trip."

Other images making the final shortlist include a stunning shot of a brown bear, an underwater shot of Mobula rays, plus many striking portraits and travel shots. 

Selected from over 26,500 entries, the shortlisted entries were chosen from the following categories - Natural World, Travel, People, Americana, Altered Images and Mobile. 

The public now have the opportunity to choose the image they think deserves to be awarded the 'Reader's Choice' accolade. Voting closes on 31 March 2015 and the winner will receive a $500 cash prize and be announced alongside the Grand Prize category winner. Votes are limited to one person, per 24 hours. 

To view all of the shortlisted entries and to place a vote, visit the Smithsonian website. 


© David Navais, finalist: Travel, Photo Contest


© Nhiem Hoang, finalist: Travel, Photo Contest


© Kevin Morgans, finalist: Natural World, Photo Contest


© Jorge Fernandez, finalist: Travel, Photo Contest


© Michel Labrecque, finalist: Natural World, Photo Contest


© Trang Nguyen, finalist: Altered Images, Photo Contest


© Matjaz Krivic, finalist: People, Photo Contest


© Pham Ty., finalist: People, Photo Contest


© Ben Coffman, finalist: Altered Images, Photo Contest


To view all of the shortlisted entries and to place a vote, visit the Smithsonian website. 

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