07/03/2012 07:03 am ET Updated Sep 02, 2012

Smithsonian's Top 10 Travel Photos Of The Year (PHOTOS)

Our editors pored over more than 67,000 photographs, each one a postcard from a unique time and place for our annual photo contest. In our July/August 2012 issue that launched online Friday, we announced our winner, Jia Han Dong, 52, a shipping company manager from New Jersey. His stunning image of fishermen in southern China is included in this beautiful collection from the 9th Annual Photo Contest.

The pictures offer not only a glimpse of the wider world, but inspiration to hit the road in search of memorable moments and unforgettable views.

-- Jesse Rhodes