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Finalists For 2014 Smithsonian Photo Contest

Finalists For 2014 Smithsonian Photo Contest

Photo – Graham McGeorge

Smithsonian has announced finalists for its 11th Annual Photo Contest. The contest includes six categories, viz. The Natural World, Travel, People, Americana, Altered Images and Mobile. Ten images were selected from each of the categories as the finalists. The contest received more than 50,000 submissions from 132 countries. Winners of the contest will be announced on May 15. Hit ahead to take a look at few of the finalists.

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Sweet 3D Milled Ice Cube Sculptures

Sweet 3D Milled Ice Cube Sculptures

3D on the Rocks as they are called, are 3D milled ice cube sculptures designed to go right into your drink. Ice cubes in your drink are good, they’re useful, but these sculptures are way better, even if they might not be as practical as the simple ice cube. The sculpture ice cubes look superb, and that alone is enough to sway my (shallow) opinion in their favor.

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DC Women as Retro Bombshells

DC Women as Retro Bombshells

Quantum Mechanix and DC Comics have partnered for a series of stunning art prints that present ladies of DC Comics in a retro style. The prints are the work of Ant Lucia and feature the retro pin-up look that had its heyday in the ’50s. The Bombshell prints are available for $14.95 each.

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Artist Photographs the Oldest Living Things in the World

Artist Photographs the Oldest Living Things in the World

Spruce Gran Picea #0909 – 11A07 (9,550 years old; Fulufjället, Sweden)

Ours is a world of wonders. Among these are several ancient organisms, that have existed for thousands of years. However, several of these are now endangered as human settlement and climate change put pressure on their ecosystems. Of course, serious attempts are also being made to preserve these wonderful organisms.

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This Cat is All Kinds of Superhero

This Cat is All Kinds of Superhero

Zhumao KeLe is a Chinese cat who has her humans dress her up in all kinds of superhero costumes. Based in Beijing, the kitty cosplays Batman, Captain America, Iron Man, amongst others, and if you piss her off you might just be on the business end of the Dracula Cat.

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Awesome Flipbook Animations Made From Recycled Bike Parts

Awesome Flipbook Animations Made From Recycled Bike Parts

Flipbooks by artist Juan Fontanive are incredible, not only are the animations beautiful, but the underlying mechanism is pretty darn sweet. The artist makes these mechanisms by recycling and repurposing parts from old bicycles and clocks. Then comes along the process of hand drawing, painting, and screen printing the images. Several of these display birds and insects in flight, a subject that goes extremely well with the sound made by the flipbook as pages shuttle.

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