12 stunning images from Smithsonian's photography contest 
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12 stunning images from Smithsonian's photography contest 

Smithsonian.com has announced 60 finalists for its 11th annual photo contest. More than 50,000 photographs were submitted by photographers from 132 different countries. Ten images were selected from each of six categories: The Natural World, Travel, People, Americana, Altered Images and Mobile.  

Check out a selection of the finalists in our gallery above. Then head over to Smithsonian.com to vote for the Reader's Choice winner. Grand Prize and category winners will be announced May 15, 2014. 

Above: Photograph by Daniel D'Auria (Tabernacle, New Jersey). FINALIST: Natural World | A coastal brown bear hunts for salmon on Silver Salmon Creek in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve. According to D'Auria, 'She epitomizes the raw beauty and awesome power of the Alaskan wilderness'. (Lake Clark National Park, Alaska, August 2012, Canon 1D Mark IV)