Inspiring Travel Photos From Smithsonian Magazine’s Annual Photography Contest

March 5th, 2013 by Smithsonian Journeys

On March 4, 2013, Smithsonian magazine announced the 50 finalists from their 10th Annual Photo Contest.  The contest attracted over 37,000 photographs from all 50 states and 112 countries.  The photos easily transport you around the globe, stopping off in places like the Bac Son Valley in Vietnam, Sossusvlei Sand Dunes in Namibia, and the Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah.  See a selection of travel photos below, and view the full 50 finalists here.

Which ones make you want to travel the world?

Sossusvlei, Namibia.

“Lone Acacia, Sossusvlei Sand Dunes.” Taken by Bob Bush (Altadena, CA). Photographed May 01, 2010, Sossusvlei, Namibia.

Xiao Donjiang, Hunan, China.
“River ferry operating in the early morning in Xiao Donjiang, China.” Taken by Teng Hin Khoo (Shah Alam, Malaysia). Photographed November 28, 2012, Xiao Donjiang, Hunan, China.
"Musicians arrive early at the bullring to take their places."  Taken by Raul Amaru Linares (Bogota, Colombia).  Photographed October 2011, Quito, Ecuador.

“Musicians arrive early at the bullring to take their places.” Taken by Raul Amaru Linares (Bogota, Colombia). Photographed October 2011, Quito, Ecuador.

Chiang Mai, Thailand, monks

“Monks releasing lanterns during Loy Krathong.” Taken by Daniel Nahabedian (Chiang Mai, Thailand). Photographed November 01, 2012, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Yen Bai Province, Vietnam
“Rice Terraces Close To Harvest Season.” Taken by Vo Anh Kiet (Tan Phu District HCM City, Vietnam). Photographed September 2011, Yen Bai Province, Vietnam.
Thrissur, Kerala, India

“Puli Kali”- In the annual festival “Onam.” Taken by Indranil Sengupta (Hooghly, India). Photographed August 01, 2010, Thrissur, Kerala, India.

Bryce Canyon National Park, UT

“A lone hiker viewed the path before him as the Milky Way rose in the night Sky.” Taken by Jason Hatfield (Lakewood, CO). Photographed May 01, 2012, Bryce Canyon National Park, UT.

Bac Son Valley

“Bac Son Valley.” Taken by Hai Thinh Hoang (Hanoi, Vietnam). Photographed July 01, 2012, Bac Son, Lang Son, Vietnam.

Ninh Hoa district, Khanh Hoa province, Vietnam, salt harvesting.

“People harvesting salt the traditional way.” Taken by Giang Hai Hoang (Hanoi, Vietnam). Photographed August 1, 2012, Ninh Hoa district, Khanh Hoa province, Vietnam.





One Response to “Inspiring Travel Photos From Smithsonian Magazine’s Annual Photography Contest”

  1. Bryce Canyon Vacation Says:

    Wow these are all AMAZING. The Bryce Canyon photo is probably my favorite though just because I’m slightly partial to it being a Utah native.

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