Dear Vladimir, Congratulations! Your photo “Our Fathers” has been selected as a finalist in the People Category.  As you know, we received entries from around the world, and yours was among the very best.  Voting is now open for Readers’ Choice award through March 31. Once again, congratulations!

Over the last 18 years, readers have submitted more than 470,000 images to Smithsonian’s annual photo contest. These photos have transported us to the far corners of Earth, captured spectacular, split-second moments and introduced us to fascinating people and unique landscapes. Browse breathtaking images captured by photographers from nearly every country in the world.

For the second year in a row, I am among the finalists in the annual Smithsonian Magazine Photography Competition. And again in the “People” category. Last year, the photo of Yusuf, the mountain boy, was a finalist in the same competition. He then won many more awards. I hope this shot will be the same. And this is Mitko Hashov from the village of Zagrazhden. When I saw him, I told him that I had been looking for him for months. I saw him by accident. I told him I wanted to take a picture of him. He told me without thinking that there was no problem. Absolute model. A very modern man, a true Rhodopean. Without dizziness, without restraint – a free spirit with a special breadth of view of the world.

And as every year you can vote for the finalist photos from here

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