Smithsonian Magazine's 2012 Photo Contest
[Rasta Daughter]. Photo by Selwane Evodia Melamu (Johannesburg, South Africa). Photographed in Johannesburg, South Africa, May 2012.
[An Onlooker Witnesses the Annular Solar Eclipse as the Sun Sets on May 20, 2012]. Photo by Colleen Pinski (Peyton, CO). Photographed in Albuquerque, NM, May 2012.
[The Last Pollen Spore Preparing to Leave a Ladybug Trying to Hold On, Because It Didn't Want to Be Alone]. Photo by Hiep Nguyen Hoang (Hanoi, Vietnam). Photographed in Hanoi, Vietnam, April 2012.
[Mummy, I Am Down Here, and Hungry!]. Photo by Bjorn Olesen (Singapore). Photographed in Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia, November, 2010.
[Monks Releasing Lanterns During Loy Krathong in Chiang Mai, Thailand]. Photo by Daniel Nahabedian (Chiang Mai, Thailand). Photographed in Chiang Mai, Thailand, November 2012.
[Alternating Rice Plots in the Bacson Valley]. Photo by Hai Thinh Hoang (Hanoi, Vietnam). Photographed in Bac Son, Lang Son, Vietnam, July 15, 2012.
[Ants Holding Seeds]. Photo by Eko Adiyanto (Bekasi, Indonesia). Photographed in Bekasi, West Java, Indonesia, April 2012.
[Grandpa’s Helper]. Photo by Jenny Braun (Hampton, Minnesota). Photographed in Hampton, Minnesota, July 2012.
[A Visit to Bagan, Myanmar]. Photo by Han Tha (Yangon, Myanmar). Photographed in Bagan, Myanmar, January 2011.
[Lone Acacia, Sossusvlei Sand Dunes]. Photo by Bob Bush (Altadena, CA). Photographed in Namibia, May 2010.
[A Man-Made Ice Geyser]. Photo by Nathan Carlsen (Duluth, Minnesota). Photographed in Duluth, Minnesota, January 2012.
[Musicians Arriving at the Bullring]. Photo by Raul Amaru Linares (Bogota, Colombia). Photographed in Quito, Ecuador, October 2011.
[Twisted]. Photo by Tim Wright (Omaha, Nebraska). Photographed in Mapleton, Iowa, April 2011.
[A Lone Hiker Viewed the Path Before Him as the Milky Way Rose in the Night Sky]. Photo by Jason J. Hatfield (Lakewood, CO). Photographed in Bryce Canyon National Park, UT, May 2012.
[Rice Terraces Close to Harvest Season]. Photo by Vo Anh Kiet (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam). Photographed in La Pan Tan, Mu Cang Chay, Yen Bai, Viet Nam, September 2012.
[Christine, 20-years-old, with Her First Child a Few Months Old]. Photo by Paolo Patruno (Bologna, Italy). Photographed in Mulungwishi, Democratic Republic of Congo, April 2012.
[Policemen Run Across the National Congress in Brasília During a Demonstration Against Corruption]. Photo by Olivier Boëls (Brasilia, Brazil). Photographed in Brasilia, Brazil, September 2011.
[Apple Guy on Location in the Desert]. Photo by Ron Henderson (Dallas, Texas). Photographed in the Dumont Dunes, California, May 2011.
[Il Duomo di Firenze]. The photo is a composite from roughly two-dozen images, taken with an Olympus point-and-shoot, of the famous Duomo from various perspectives. Photo by Garret Suhrie (Los Angeles, California). Photographed in Florence, Italy, October 2011.
[Annual Bucking Horse Sale in Miles City, Montana]. Photo by George Burgin (Billings, Montana). Photographed in Miles City, Montana, May 2012.
[River Ferry Operating in the Early Morning in Xiao Donjiang, China]. Photo by James Khoo (Shah Alam, Malaysia). Photographed in La Pan Tan, Mu Cang Chay, Yen Bai, Viet Nam, August 2010.
[People Harvesting Salt at Sunset]. Photo by Hoang Giang Hai (Hanoi, Vietnam). Photographed in the Ninh Hoa District, Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam, August 2012.
[Breeding Penguins]. Photo by Neal Piper (Washington, DC). Photographed at Damoy Point, Antarctica, January 2012.
[Baby Owl in Studio]. Photo by Phillip Pilkington (Southport, UK). Photographed in Southport, UK, November 2012.
[The Milky Way Galaxy Exploding from Mount Rainier]. Photo by David Morrow (Everett, Washington). Photographed at Sunrise Point in Mount Rainier National Park, Washington, October 6, 2012.