After weeks of debate, the 13 finalists in the 18th annual competition have been selected.
First place: For a photograph to stand out among 1,400 others, it must be beautifully composed, evocative and capture the mystique of travel. This image meets all three criteria. Kaitlyn Hay, of Chevy Chase, Md., snapped this eerie and captivating bird’s-eye view of Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya’s immersive fog sculpture (aptly titled “London Fog”) in March at the Tate Modern on a family trip to London. “It captures the dynamic and mysterious mood of London life at night,” said the 29-year-old, who is a third-grade art teacher at Beauvoir, an elementary school on the grounds of Washington National Cathedral. “There’s a vibrancy, but also an edge to it, that I liked.” Read more about each place-winner and honorable mention here. Kaitlyn Hay Buy Photo