What are the hallmarks of a winning image in Smithsonian magazine’s photo contest? Technical quality, clarity and composition, but also a flair for the unexpected and the ability to capture a picture-perfect moment.
The contest is now closed. Finalists will be announced on this page on March 4, 2014. In the meantime, check out more of our editors' favorite entries from this year's contest in our Photo of the Day section. Good luck to everyone!