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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.

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The competition opens each January and the images are judged by a panel of experts in the fields of photography, science, and conservation. Photographers whose images move into the second round of judging are emailed and we request high resolution images, RAW files, and detailed captions. 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). Email: Awards@naturesbestphotography.com

Windland Awards Smithsonian Exhibition
next exhibition opens October 24, 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 video on 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. 


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2013 Awards Video



2012 Awards Video
2011 Awards Video
2010 Awards Video

2009 Awards Video
2008 Awards Video

2007 Awards Video