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    15 Stunning Photos That Will Make You Want To See The World

    Sixty finalists have been selected from 26,500 entries in the 12th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest. Here are 15 of the best.

    Category: People

    1. Women sew fishing nets in Vinh Hy Bay, Ninh Thuan, Vietnam.

    Pham Ty / Via smithsonianmag.com

    Photograph by Pham Ty, Taken with a Sony NEX-6.

    2. Boys jump into a river near Nghiem Xuyen village, Hanoi, Vietnam.

    Viet Phuong Tran / Via smithsonianmag.com

    Photograph by Viet Phuong Tran, with a Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II.

    3. Photograph by Amy Hand, of her daughter Hannah.

    Amy Hand / Via smithsonianmag.com

    Taken in Reedy, West Virginia, with a Canon EOS REBEL T3.

    4. Children giggling together in Medinipur, West Bengal, India.

    Kuntal Kumar Roy / Via smithsonianmag.com

    Photograph by Kuntal Kumar Roy, taken with a Nikon D7000.

    Category: Travel

    5. Holy Week celebrations in Acobamba, Tarma, Peru.

    David Huamani Bedoya / Via smithsonianmag.com

    Taken by David Huamani Bedoya with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II.

    6. Young Buddhists play on the Hsinbyume Pagoda, Myanmar, after the tourists have left for the day.

    Sergio Carbajo Rodriguez / Via smithsonianmag.com

    Photo by Sergio Carbajo Rodriguez, taken in with a Nikon D600.

    Category: Natural World

    7. A green iguana surfaces for air in a cave on the island of Bonaire.

    Lorenzo Mittiga / Via smithsonianmag.com

    Photo by Lorenzo Mittiga, taken with a Canon EOS 7D.

    8. A snake devours a frog at Costa Rica's Arenal Volcano.

    Nicolas Reusens / Via smithsonianmag.com

    Photo by Nicolas Reusens with a Canon 5D Mark III.

    9. An elephant seal pup in South Georgia is not bothered by crashing waves.

    Anthony Smith / Via smithsonianmag.com

    Photo by Anthony Smith with a Nikon D4.

    Category: Americana

    10. Fireworks burst over the Willamette River on the Fourth of July in Independence, Oregon.

    Anne Marcom / Via smithsonianmag.com

    Photo by Anne Marcom, taken with an Olympus E3.

    Category: Mobile

    11. "A real-life Patsy Stone" from Absolutely Fabulous walks down a street in London.

    Rob Pearson-Wright / Via smithsonianmag.com

    Photo by Rob Pearson-Wright, taken with a digital camera.

    12. A little girl stares in wonder at an aquarium in Monterey, California.

    Royce Hutain / Via smithsonianmag.com

    Photograph by Royce Hutain, taken with an iPhone 5s.

    Category: Altered Images

    13. "A house built for fishermen stands alone in the middle of the sea" in Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia

    Jefflin Ling / Via smithsonianmag.com

    Photograph by Jefflin Ling with a Nikon D800E.

    14. "Muslims walk along a retaining wall toward a mosque to pray" in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

    Jefflin Ling / Via smithsonianmag.com

    Photo by Jefflin Ling, taken with a Nikon D800E.

    15. Fog winds through the trees in The New Forest, Hampshire, UK.

    Ellie Davies / Via smithsonianmag.com

    Photo by Ellie Davies with a Nikon D3X.

    You can see the rest of the 60 finalist photos here, and cast your vote for the Readers' Choice prize until 30 March, 5:00 PM ET.

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