Smithsonian Magazine's 2012 Photography Contest
By Sara Cardoza
The Smithsonian has announced the finalists for their 9th annual photography contest. Over 14,000 photographers from all corners of the globe submitted their work. Smithsonian editors narrowed the expansive 67,059 images down to fifty finalists. Take a look at a few of their favorites from this year's contest.
To vote for The Reader's Choice Award visit SmithsonianMag.com
"Toes," shot in West Bengal, India, November 2009 by photographer Nimai Ghosh (Kolkata, India).
Taken in New York City, February 2011 by photographer Wayne Bennett. Originally from the Bronx, Bennett has been a dentist by profession for 20 years. One of Bennett’s images was "Highly Honored" in the 2009 Nature's Best Contest.
To see more of his nature photography visit WayneBennettPhotography.com
Captured in Antarctica, December 2011 by Jamie Scarrow, a naturalist and nature photographer living on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. Some of Scarrow’s favorite subjects include grizzly bears, bald eagles, and orcas. His photography has been published in revered magazines such as National Geographic and Nature Conservancy.
To see the full gallery of his work see JaimeScarrow.com
Taken in Myanmar, January 2011 by David Lazar, a photographer and musician from Brisbane, Australia. On his website, he writes, "I find myself attracted to countries that are culturally different from what I’m familiar with – I am interested in people, their way of life, traditions, customs and natural scenery. I’m drawn to subjects that don’t reflect the modern world. I like to capture scenes that could have been taken 100 years ago."
To see more of Lazar's photography go to
Shot in Xiapu, Fujian, China, January 2009 by photographer Jia Han Dong (Parsippany, New Jersey).
Taken in Jacksonville, Florida, June 2011 by Savannah Whitwam (Jacksonville, Florida).
Photographed in Sikkim, West Bengal, October 2010 by Shyamal Das (Kolkata, India).
Taken in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, October 2009 by Steve Ross (Nixa, Missouri).
Captured in the Everglades National Park, Florida by photographer Paul Marcellini. Marcellini writes on his website, “Braving mosquitoes, snakes, and alligators, I search out the unspoiled scenes of Wild Florida," he continues, “The Everglades are my backyard and I love tromping around.”
To view more of his work visit PaulMarcellini.com
Shot in Rajasthan, India, November 2010 by photographer Chetan Soni (MadhyaPradesh, India).
Taken in South Georgia, November 2010 by photographer Jamie Scarrow.
Photographed in Monte Vista, Colorado, March 2010 by photo journalist Mallory Olenius. Of her work Olenius states, “I consider it my duty, as well as my passion, to capture moments that simultaneously inform and compel.”
To view her portfolio visit MalloryOlenius.com
Taken in Jaipur, India, January 2011 by photographer Ho Lee (Hong Kong, China).
Shot in Lilongwe, Malawai May 2011 by Paolo Patruno, a photographer from Bologna, Italy whose work reflects humanitarian and non-profit issues. Paolo strives to tell personal stories through his photography and states on his website, “My skill is creating evocative, compelling images which promote action and change for the sake of the most vulnerable people in the world.”
To see more of his work visit PaoloPatrunoPhoto.org
Taken in Northern Alaska, March 2011 by photographer and adventurer Ben Hattenbach who is from Los Angeles, California. His work often reflects landscapes from the arctic, as well as wildlife from that region. Hattenbach’s photography has been widely exhibited for his exceptional ability to capture light and color.
To see more of his work visit BenHattenbach.com
Photographed in Kolkata, India, April 2009 by Somnath Mukherjee (Kolkata, India).
Taken in Ouray, Colorado, October 2009 by photographer Robert Castellino who is from Lafayette, Colorado. His first career was as the VP of Operations and Marketing at Williamette Pass Ski Area, but after a frustrated photographer offered him lessons and a camera during a promotional photo shoot, Castellino started a journey towards a new career path.
To see more of his photography visit RobertCastellino.com