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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Finalists from Smithsonian’s Annual Photo Contest announced - vote for Readers Choice awards.

Smithsonian has just announced the 70 finalists for their 13th annual photo contest and voting is now open from now until March 21, 2016 for the Readers’ Choice Winner. The Grand Prize, Readers’ Choice, and seven category winners (a total of nine awards) will be announced on March 22, and the 14th Annual Photo Contest will open for submissions that same day.

A selection is below, but go to the Smithsonian site to see all of the finalists - this same link has the winners of each previous year.

© Albert Ivan Damanik. All rights reserved
Remaining on the Slopes of Mount Sinabung
Volcanic material flows from the Mount Sinabung, as seen from the village of Jeraya, North Sumatra, Indonesia on June 26, 2015. Indonesia's Mount Sinabung Mount intermittently spewed burning ash and gas, a week after authorities told residents to evacuate the danger zone within a radius of seven kilometers.
© Simone Sbaraglia. All rights reserved
 Catching Fish
This photograph was taken in January 2015 on Lake Kerkini, Greece. The dalmatian pelicans that inhabit that area have grown accustomed to humans since fishermen have fed them for hundreds of years. Their presence helps maintain a balanced ecosystem.
© ARCHNA SINGH. All rights reserved
Muscle Power
These two sub-adult tiger cubs, aged around 21 months, are engaged in a mock fight, a part of their learning process to acquire stalking and self-defense skills. Taking advantage of the fact that a sibling’s attention was diverted for a moment, the other charged her and what was witnessed was a sheer moment of awe when these beautiful and magnificent animals were standing upright just for a moment and you could see the rippling muscles and the power that these biggest cats hold. No more than a few seconds and it was all over where one of the siblings is seen lying down in a submissive position – a pose that tells the opponent that the rival has surrendered. Definitely a rare moment to be captured in the wild, these playful lessons that the siblings engage in are a crucial learning lesson for their adult life.
© Valery Romanov. All rights reserved
Three Black Cows
After evening rain and a foggy morning, the sun rose over the autumn plain, and three black cows appeared through the mist.
© Ricardo Cisneros. All rights reserved

Wildebeest Leap
This photograph was taken in Kenya at the Maasai Mara reserve during the annual wildebeest migration.
© Tuan Nguyen Manh. All rights reserved.
Catch the sunset
The fishermen are tossing the net under the sunset.

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