Awe-Inspiring Photos from Annual Photo Contest

From a period of March 22, 2016 to November 30, 2016, there were over 48,000 submissions from photographers in 146 countries and territories. The contest comprises seven categories that each reflect a unique view of the world.

Actually, on the 15th, the Annual Photo Contest will be open for submissions. The winners will be announced on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, including the Grand Prize, Readers’ Choice, and the seven categories.

This Smithsonian.com 14th Annual Photo Contest remains one of our favorite photo competitions, and it recently revealed this year’s finalists. They pared the staggering amount of entries down to just 70!

They are: Natural World; The American Experience; Travel; People; Altered Images; Mobile; and Sustainable Travel. To say that the judges had their work cut out for them is probably an understatement.