The Smithsonian.com 14th Annual Photo Contest has rolled out its list of finalists. After narrowing down the 48,000 images submitted by photographers in 146 countries and territories, a set of 70 outstanding images are competing for votes by readers.

The categories in the contest include Natural World, The American Experience, Travel, People, Altered Images, Mobile, and Sustainable Travel. The categories provide a dizzying array of wildlife, landscapes and people.

A sampling of the impressive collection of images is below, including the photographers' captions. You can see all 70 finalists and vote on which images you think are best on Smithsonian's contest website. Voting closes on March 27.

The beauty of a rainy day
This photo taken in Fukuoka, Japan, is a finalist in the Mobile category. (Photo: Aung Ko Latt/Smithsonian.com 14th Annual Photo Contest)

"The beauty of a rainy day."


Horses are rounded up into enclosures called curros, foals are branded and the adults groomed before being freed.
This photo taken in Sabucedo, Pontevedra, Spain, is a finalist in the Natural World category. (Photo: Javier Arcenillas./Smithsonian.com 14th Annual Photo Contest)

"Taking place every year across Galicia, Rapa das Bestas, or 'Shearing of the Beasts,' involves cutting the manes of semi-feral horses that live in the mountains. Horses are rounded up into enclosures called curros, foals are branded and the adults groomed before being freed. The best known is the Rapa das Bestas of Sabucedo, which takes place the first weekend in July."


While I was looking for alligators at a swamp in Louisiana, this beautiful little creature wandered out of the murky waters right into the morning light.
This photo taken in Slidell, Louisiana, is a finalist in the Natural World category. (Photo: Kim Aikawa/Smithsonian.com 14th Annual Photo Contest)

"While I was looking for alligators at a swamp in Louisiana, this beautiful little creature wandered out of the murky waters right into the morning light."


Keeping cool, no bull.
This photo taken in Cowpens, South Carolina, is a finalist in the American Experience category. (Photo: Kristen Chapman/Smithsonian.com 14th Annual Photo Contest)

"Keeping cool, no bull."



Bears Ears National Monument, Soaring Crane
This photo taken in Bears Ears National Monument, Utah, is a finalist in the Sustainable Travel category. (Photo: Marc Toso/Smithsonian.com 14th Annual Photo Contest)

"In what is now the Bears Ears National Monument, a friend and I spent hours of wandering until we came upon the Soaring Crane. We sat in the canyon until nightfall and photographed the art by the light of a thin moon. This area of the Utah desert is a land of dark skies and one of the least light polluted places in the continental United States. Its ancient walls and art exist far from urban boundaries."


An owl appears to yawn.
This photo taken in Santa Rosa, La Pampa, Argentina, is a finalist in the Natural World category. (Photo: Mario Gustavo Fiorucci/Smithsonian.com 14th Annual Photo Contest)

"An owl appears to yawn."


octopus rides on a turtle
This photo taken in Makaha, Hawaii, is a finalist in the Natural World category. (Photo: Michael B. Hardie/Smithsonian.com 14th Annual Photo Contest)

"The thing that draws me to the ocean the most is that I never know what I’m going to come across on any given day. I count myself extremely fortunate to have been in the right place at the right time to capture this image."


Munnar is one of the most beautiful hill stations in Kerala, India.
This photo taken in Munnar, Kerala, India, is a finalist in the Travel category. (Photo: Mustafa AbdulHadi/Smithsonian.com 14th Annual Photo Contest)

"Munnar is one of the most beautiful hill stations in Kerala, India. It is a haven during the monsoon season as nature surprises you with amazing clouds and mists!"


elephant eye framed by another elephant's trunk
This photo taken in Chobe River, Botswana, is a finalist in the Natural World category. (Photo: Prelena Soma Owen/Smithsonian.com 14th Annual Photo Contest)

"I am always looking for unique ways to showcase the beauty of elephants in the hope that it will make a difference in the way they are viewed and appreciated. This image was taken when a herd of elephants came down to the banks of the Chobe River in Botswana for an afternoon drink. The opportunity presented itself as the the trunk of the elephant in the foreground framed the eye of the elephant in the background. I focused on the eye, and with some creative cropping, was very pleased with the final result."


Snowflakes on my car windshield.
This photo taken in Rochester, New York, is a finalist in the Mobile category. (Photo: Rekha Bobade/Smithsonian.com 14th Annual Photo Contest)

"Snowflakes on my car windshield."


World's largest Buddhist academy, Sertar County, China, named Larung Gar.
This photo taken in Larung Gar, China, is a finalist in the Travel category. (Photo: Yuen Hung Neoh/Smithsonian.com 14th Annual Photo Contest)

"The world's largest Buddhist academy is located in a remote place in Sertar County, China, named Larung Gar. People from all over China come here to learn Buddhism. However, it is a controversial place. Nuns and monks have suffered from demolition and imprisonment. In June 2016, the authorities imposed new rules, which put thousands of residents at risk of removal. These residents have not been given the chance to practice religion peacefully. If the oppression continues, this unique place will eventually fade from history."