Welcome to Nature's Best Photography

Now in its second decade, the Nature's Best Photography competition is proud to be named in memory of accomplished photographer and conservation advocate, Windland Smith Rice, for her unyielding support of emerging photographers worldwide. Windland began her alliance with Nature's Best Photography in 1999 when she won the Animal Antics category of the Awards competition. Soon, Windland became deeply involved in the Awards program, volunteering her time, while both she and her family also generously supported the program.

Sandra Windland "Wendy" Smith Rice (1970 - 2005) was well-known for her nature photography and conservation advocacy. Serving as Master of Ceremonies for numerous Nature's Best Photography Awards events that followed at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. Windland and her charismatic style enlightened and motivated audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Windland's love for nature and photography was second only to her love for people and her legacy will fuel the passion of these artists for generations to come.

The Nature's Best Photography
Windland Smith Rice Fund
has been set up at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History to help support this competition. To learn how you can become involved, send an e-mail to the Windland Awards Program Chairman, Stephen B. Freligh sfreligh@naturesbestphotography.com
or call toll-free 1-888-884-5999.


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Photography by Windland Smith Rice