Welcome to Nature's Best Photography

Nature's Best Photography

The Nature's Best Photography concept began with simple yet dynamic goals: to celebrate the beauty and diversity of nature through the art of photography, and to use this far-reaching medium as a creative tool for encouraging greater public interest in outdoor enjoyment and conservation stewardship. The annual Windland Smith Rice International Awards program evolved from this ambitious mission to become one of the most highly-respected and visually compelling nature photography competitions in the world. Approximately 25,000 entries are received and judged each year in the Awards competition.

Windland Smith Rice International Awards

Photography Com
petition opens January 1

The competition opens each January and the images are judged by a panel of experts in th fields of photography, science, and conservation in the summer and through the fall. Photographers whose images move into the second round of judging are emailed and we request high resolution images, RAW files, and detailed captions. By late Fall we will email all entrants to announce the finalists. The winning images are published in the Special Collectors Editions of Nature's Best Photography. In addition, the top Winners are displayed as large-format prints in the annual exhibition at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. Each photograph is judged on technical quality, originality, and artistic merit. Enter up to 20 images for one entry fee ($25 US dollars--no foreign checks). Get your best ready!
The Windland Awards competition opens January 1.
Email: Awards@naturesbestphotography.com

About the Smithsonian Exhibition

Windland Smith Rice International Awards

Oct. 24, 2014 through April 20, 2015

In partnership with the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, the Winners of each photographic category and a selection of the Highly Honored images from the Windland Smith Rice International Awards are displayed to millions of visitors. These popular print exhibitions are accompanied by HD videos on large-screen TVs. View some of the awards videos from past exhibitions (at right--click to view the vidon Youtube).

Awards Special Publications

The complete collection of finalists from each year's Windland Smith Rice International Awards are published in the Special Collectors' EditionsGo to the Publications Section of this website to learn more about our magazines. Subscribe to get the semi-annual delivered to your home or get the past winners in single and back issues. 


Go to the "Enter Photos" section for more info.

IS OPEN NOW until DEC. 15, 2014
The editors of Nature’s Best Photography and Alert Diver magazines invite all photographers to enter the Ocean Views Photography Awards. Through sharing your passion for the ocean, we hope to inspire a global audience to learn about and protect this fragile realm. We encourage a diverse variety of entry subjects that depict life below, above, and around the ever-changing ocean surface. The winning images will be published in spring editions of Nature’s Best Photography and Alert Diver magazines, online editions, and galleries. See the Entry Guidelines PDF.
Photos will be judged on technical quality, composition, originality, and artistic merit. Professional photographers, Amateurs, and Youth (18 and under) are welcome to enter. You may submit a total of up to 20 images for one entry fee ($25 US—no foreign checks or foreign money orders). 




2012 Awards Video

2011 Awards Video

2010 Awards Video

2009 Awards Video

2008 Awards Video

2007 Awards Video