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Over 26,500 pictures by photographers from all around the world took part in the 12th Annual Smithsonian Photo Contest, and Smithsonian has just announced the winners.

The photos below are a selection from the winning beautiful photos. Visit and check out the complete list of finalists and winners.

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Readers’ Choice 1 – Álvaro Cubero Vega


© Álvaro Cubero Vega

“Getting a photograph of his whole body was the challenge,” says Cubero Vega. (Selva Verde Lodge, Sarapiqui, Costa Rica, September 2014, Canon 5D Mark II)


Grand Prize – Pham Ty


© Pham Ty

Women sewing a fishing net, Vinh Hy Bay, Vietnam. (Vinh Hy Bay, Ninh Thuan, Vietnam, November 2013, Sony NEX-6)


Altered Images : Winner – Jefflin Ling


© Jefflin Ling

“I was pleased to bring out the beauty of lonely,” says Ling. (Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia, April 2014, Nikon D800E)


Mobile : Winner – Yilang Peng


© Yilang Peng

Reading in the National Library of China (Beijing, China, June 2014, iPhone 5s)


Americana : Winner – Olivier Douliery


© Olivier Douliery

President Barack Obama in the Oval Office. (Washington, D.C., October 2014, Nikon D4)


Natural World : Winner – Lorenzo Mittiga


“I had decided to take some over/under water photographs of the sunset from inside one of my favorite Bonaire caves. There I was, fully equipped with my wetsuit, fins, mask and snorkel and my camera…when a curious friend interrupted my solitude,” says Mittiga. (Bonaire, Netherlands, June 2014, Canon Eos 7D)


People : Winner – Joydeep Mukherjee


© Joydeep Mukherjee

A mother and her child inside a flooded room, near the banks of the Ganges River. (Kolkata, West Bengal, India, August 2013, Nikon D600)


Readers’ Choice 1 – Nicolas Reusens


© Nicolas Reusens

“During my latest trip to Costa Rica I managed to photograph this beautiful snake in the worst of all situations (for the frog of course),” says Reusens. (Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica, May 2014, Canon 5D Mark III)


Travel : Winner – David Martín Huamaní Bedoya


© David Martín Huamaní Bedoya

Fireworks shower during Holy Week celebrations in Acobamba, Tarma, Peru. (Acobamba, Tarma, Peru, April 2014, Canon EOS 5D Mark II)