Mission Statement: To celebrate the beauty and diversity of nature through the art of photography, and to use this creative and educational medium as a motivational resource to encourage greater public interest in outdoor enjoyment and conservation stewardship.
Nature’s Best Photography print magazine is a large-format, award-winning, showcase of nature as recorded by the world’s leading professional photographers, naturalists, adventurers, as well as new, emerging photographers. You will find images and the stories behind the shots on topics such as: wildlife, landscapes, plant life, travel, how-to photo tips, inspirational essays, and winners from our international photography competitions! Available for purchase as single issues or back issues at $12.95 plus shipping and handling or as a subscription for $25 two issues per year. (Prices in the U.S. only, e-mail to inquire about international shipping rates. No foreign checks.)
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Nature's Best Photography Students Online interactive edition features photos and stories by talented young shooters from age 12 to 21 in a FREE online digital magazine experience, available to view online and as a downloadable pdf. For images, videos, and articles by students for students go to: www.naturesbeststudents.com.
Letter from the Editor
NEW HORIZONS FOR NATURE'S BEST PHOTOGRAPHY
Times have changed dramatically since we began in 1995, and we now feel a responsibility to refocus the way in which we bring you the very best in nature photography.
Whether you are new to Nature’s Best Photography or a longtime subscriber, we regard your support as a special relationship and the cornerstone of our visual connection with nature. Your interest, praise, productive critiques, and ongoing image submissions continue to help us raise the bar of excellence in our publications and our Smithsonian awards programs every year.
Since our launch, we have always worked diligently to maintain high-quality printing while becoming more environmentally conservative and economically efficient. We now print locally with companies that employ wind and solar energy sources, and use vegetable-based inks and recycled paper. Our prepress work is now done electronically, going straight to press without using film or chemicals. In addition, our popular Nature's Best Photography Students program, for ages 12 to 21, is now presented as a free, interactive Online Digital Edition at www.naturesbeststudents.com. We invite you to experience this online magazine format and let us know what you think.
Going forward, we will continue to address environmental concerns as we bring you the quality of nature photography and reproduction you have come to expect from Nature’s Best Photography. With the economy’s recent impact on the publishing industry, we understand that we will need to do even more in the future to uphold this commitment. That’s why we’re undertaking some bold initiatives to accomplish these goals:
BEGINNING WITH THE SUMMER 2009 EDITION WE CONVERTED TO A SEMI-ANNUAL publication, rather than a quarterly. This will allow us to maintain the highest quality as we manage increases in production costs, conserve paper and other consumables, and reduce surcharges, which have risen significantly. You will now receive two editions each year featuring magnificent image galleries, more photo award competition opportunities, new photo how-to guides, and photographers' portfolios and bios. We will also introduce even more subscriber benefits through our online photo community. We promise to continue our high-quality print reproduction and limit advertising as we add content and online extensions.
PAST SUBSCRIPTIONS automatically converted to this semi-annual format and your current annual fee will remain the same as we invest in vibrant, interactive ways to bring you the very best nature photography from around the globe. Your subscription will now include:
• Two finest quality Nature’s Best Photography print magazines per year showcasing the very best in nature, wildlife, and outdoor photography.
• Enhanced Nature’s Best Photography online social networking through our Editors' Blogs, Flickr, Twitter, and Facebook.
• Discounts on Nature’s Best Photography products and services to help you save on orders of multiple editions of magazines, and upcoming products, event tickets, photo book discounts, and more.
• Access to special online features and subscriber photo galleries, image reviews, portfolios, and interviews.
• Special invitations to events hosted by Nature's Best Photography, including the NBP Smithsonian Awards Ceremony.
• Greater opportunities to contribute and participate in NBP programs exclusively reserved for subscribers.
• Links to other interesting conservation and photo-related activities and competitions.
In addition, you will benefit from our growing partnership with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History as we build upon the success of our exhibition program to explore new ways to celebrate photography and engage the public.
Also this summer, we are creating the Nature’s Best Photography Fund to support our photo award program. This 501(c)(3) nonprofit fund will increase opportunities for public support of our awards, exhibitions, educational outreach, scholarship projects, and events.
New partnerships are also an important part of our future growth. We are working with the Divers Alert Network to expand our annual “Ocean Views” competition and we are managing an awards competition called “Audubon Awards” for Audubon magazine. These will bring about more opportunities for our subscribers to share their images with an extended audience.
We are optimistic about the future and confident we will meet your expectations through our new initiatives. Join us in celebrating this innovative approach to publishing as we maintain our showcase presentations of the wild and match economic efficiency with sustainability.
If you have any questions or comments or would like to become more involved in our program, please contact me directly. Nature’s Best Photography promises to deliver you a wider view of the natural world. Together, we can truly make a difference!
All the best, Stephen B. Freligh
Publisher and Editor-in-Chief