The Smithsonian’s Annual Photo Contest Is A Visual Feast

Speaking of dangerous time sinks, Smithsonian Magazine recently unveiled the finalists for its 10th Annual Photo Contest.

The 50 images are broken down into categories — The Natural World, Travel, People, Americana, and Altered Images — and as I scanned through them (and through the archived photos that took part in the nine previous contests), I was reminded of why judging these sorts of contests always seems so impossible difficult to me:

1) Pick a picture at random.
2) Make an airtight case for its victory.
3) Rejoice.
4) Repeat Steps 1-3 with every picture in the contest.

They could all win. Every. Single. One.

A draw would be perfectly fine with me, actually. (But yes, I have favorites. Always. From each category, in fact. Behold!)

Colossal HT to… “This Is Colossal.” (Heh.)

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About Joseph Susanka

Joseph has been doing development work for institutions of Catholic higher education since graduating from Thomas Aquinas College in 1999. A grateful resident of Wyoming, he spends his free time exploring the beautiful Wind River Mountains, keeping track of his (currently) seven sons, being amazed by his (currently) lone daughter, and thanking his lucky stars for Netflix.