21+ Finalists From 12th Annual Smithsonian Photo Competition

Every year for the past 12 years, the Smithsonian has collected some of the best photos from around the world to feature in their annual photo contest. Now that they've revealed their finalists, we finally have the opportunity to see some of the best photos from the 2014 contest, which had more than 26,500 entries from 93 different countries.

1. Light Refracts Through The Curves Of A Breaking Wave, New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Light Refracts Through The Curves Of A Breaking Wave, New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

2. A Green Iguana Surfaces For Air, Bonaire, Netherlands

A Green Iguana Surfaces For Air, Bonaire, Netherlands

3. A Wave Strikes An Elephant Seal Pup, South Georgia Island

A Wave Strikes An Elephant Seal Pup, South Georgia Island

4. Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Ely, Minnesota

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Ely, Minnesota

5. Snake, Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica

Snake, Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica

6. Spring In Palouse, Palouse, Washington

Spring In Palouse, Palouse, Washington

7. Women Of A Small Village Near Vinh Hy Bay, Vietnam, Sew A Fishing Net While Their Husbands Fish, Vinh Hy Bay, Ninh Thuan, Vietnam

Women Of A Small Village Near Vinh Hy Bay, Vietnam, Sew A Fishing Net While Their Husbands Fish, Vinh Hy Bay, Ninh Thuan, Vietnam

8. While Firemen Were Putting Out A Fire In Chicago, The Water Froze And Coated Everything In Ice, Chicago, Illinois

While Firemen Were Putting Out A Fire In Chicago, The Water Froze And Coated Everything In Ice, Chicago, Illinois

9. Fog Weaves Through Forest Trees, New Forest, Hampshire, United Kingdom

Fog Weaves Through Forest Trees, New Forest, Hampshire, United Kingdom

10. A Girl Stares In Wonder At An Aquarium Tank, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, California

A Girl Stares In Wonder At An Aquarium Tank, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, California

11. A Woman Collects Water Lilies, Chau Doc, Mekong Delta, Vietnam

A Woman Collects Water Lilies, Chau Doc, Mekong Delta, Vietnam

12. A Vicuña, Chimborazo Volcano, Ecuador

A Vicuña, Chimborazo Volcano, Ecuador

13. Mobula Rays Gather To Feed On Plankton Attracted By Dive Lights, La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico

Mobula Rays Gather To Feed On Plankton Attracted By Dive Lights, La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico

14. A Girl With Albinism, Valencia, Spain

A Girl With Albinism, Valencia, Spain

15. A Fisherman Checks His Net In The Early Morning, Lam Dong, Dalat, Vietnam

A Fisherman Checks His Net In The Early Morning, Lam Dong, Dalat, Vietnam

16. Young Buddhist Novices Play In Hsinbyume Pagoda, Mingun, Mandalay, Myanmar

Young Buddhist Novices Play In Hsinbyume Pagoda, Mingun, Mandalay, Myanmar

17. The Caracolera Is A Common, But Restless Snake, Selva Verde Lodge, Sarapiqui, Costa Rica

The Caracolera Is A Common, But Restless Snake, Selva Verde Lodge, Sarapiqui, Costa Rica

18. A Brown Bear Walks Across An Estuary, (lake Clark National Park, Alaska

A Brown Bear Walks Across An Estuary, (lake Clark National Park, Alaska

19. Fireworks Shower Onlookers In Sparks During Holy Week Celebrations, Acobamba, Tarma, Peru

Fireworks Shower Onlookers In Sparks During Holy Week Celebrations, Acobamba, Tarma, Peru

20. A Woman And Her Child Place Dyed Threads Out To Dry, Santipure, Nadia, India

A Woman And Her Child Place Dyed Threads Out To Dry, Santipure, Nadia, India

21. Fog Creeps Under The Manhattan Bridge, New York, New York

Fog Creeps Under The Manhattan Bridge, New York, New York

22. Onno Is A Teenage Girl From The Arbore Tribe, Omo Valley, Ethiopia

Onno Is A Teenage Girl From The Arbore Tribe, Omo Valley, Ethiopia

23. Muslims Walk Along A Retaining Wall Towards A Mosque To Pray, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Muslims Walk Along A Retaining Wall Towards A Mosque To Pray, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

24. A Young Mursi Man Holds An Ak-47, Marenke, Omo Valley, Ethiopia

A Young Mursi Man Holds An Ak-47, Marenke, Omo Valley, Ethiopia

25. President Barack Obama Stands In The Oval Office Of The White House, Washington, D.c.

President Barack Obama Stands In The Oval Office Of The White House, Washington, D.c.