Looking for some inspiration? Smithsonian.com has just posted a slideshow of the finalists in its 2012 Photo Contest. The group 50 images, which are organized by categories from The Natural World, Travel, People, Americana, to Altered Images, was selected from over 37,600 submissions by photographers from 112 countries.
The finalists include an almost tactile image of rice terraces in Vietnam by Vo Anh Kiet; the colorful revelers at the Festival of Onam in India taken by Indranil Sengupta; an eerily beautiful liquor store in Petaluma, CA taken by David Egan; and the monumental portrait of a Bangladeshi day laborer by Raihan Parvez shown above.
Check out all the images at Smithsonian.com. Voting for the Readers Choice is open now.
Image by Raihan Parvez, courtesy of Smithsonian.com