The editors of Smithsonian magazine have announced the winners of their 12th annual photo contest, selected from more than 26,500 entries. The winning photographs from from the competition's six categories are published below: The Natural World, Travel, People, Americana, Altered Images and Mobile. Also, a few finalists have been included as well. Captions were written by the photographers. Be sure to visit the contest page at Smithsonian.com to see all the winners and finalists.
Grand Prize Winner. Women of a small village near Vinh Hy Bay, Vietnam, sew a fishing net while their husbands fish. Vinh Hy bay, Ninh Thuan, Vietnam. Photographed by Pham Ty from Vietnam.
Winner: Americana. Towards the end of his second term, US President Barack Obama glances out the Oval Office window as a portrait of President Abraham Lincoln is seen through another window of the White House. Photographer: Olivier Douliery
Readers’ Choice No. 2. At Selva Verde Lodge, Sarapiqui, Costa Rica, This caracolera is a harmless snake but was very restless, getting a photograph of his whole body was the challenge. Photographed by Alvaro Cubero Vega from Costa Rica.
Winner: Altered Images. A house built for fishermen stands alone in the middle of the sea. "I was pleased to bring out the beauty of lonely," Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia. Photographer: Jefflin Ling