10 Of The Best Nature Photographs Of the Year

The finalists for Smithsonian's annual nature photography contest are in, and they're stunning.

Smithsonian magazine has chosen its top picks for its 10th annual photography contest, which draws submissions from amateurs and professionals around the world. This year’s finalists for best nature photo include an unforgettably soulful gorilla from the Bronx, a jaw-dropping galaxy rise behind Mt. Ranier, and the delicate wings of a juvenile Spectacled Spiderhunter perched on a branch in a dense green jungle in Malaysia.

Check out our gallery below, and then head over to Smithsonian’s site and vote for your favorites.