We are proud to announce the winners of the 12th Annual Photo Contest. Thank you to all of our entrants and congratulations to the finalists and winners; among the more than 26,000 photos entered, the images below represent the favorites of the editors of and Smithsonian magazine. The Readers' Choice award was the top vote recipient among more than 10,000 votes received.

Finalists: The American Experience
July 4th celebration on the river bank of the Willamette river in I...
Firemen putting out a fire in Chicago. The water froze and turned t...
Finalists: Natural World
Finalists: Travel
Finalists: People
Finalists: Altered Images
Finalists: Mobile