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NATURE'S BEST® 

The NATURE'S BEST® 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. More than 26,000 entries are received and judged in the Awards competition.


2019 Windland Smith Rice International Awards 

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CATEGORIES: 

AFRICAN WILDLIFE • BIRDS • CONSERVATION STORY  • LANDSCAPES 

OCEAN VIEWS  • OUTDOOR ADVENTURE • POLAR PASSION 

SMALL WORLD • WILDLIFE • NATURE IN MOTION / VIDEO  

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Prepare your imagesSave COPIES of your photos as low-resolution RGB ".jpg" files that are no smaller than 500KB at 72ppi. Sizes will vary and should be about 1000-2000 pixels on the longest side. NEED HELP? Awards@naturesbestphotography.com

2018 Windland Awards:

Category Winners and a selection of Highly Honored images are now on display as large, fine-art prints accompanied by an HD video in the exhibition at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. All of the finalists are published in the 2018 Fall / Winter Special Collectors' Edition of Nature's Best Photography magazine, sold here and at the Museum shops. QUESTIONS? Email: Awards@naturesbestphotography.com

2018 Windland Smith Rice Awards

The print exhibition is accompanied by an HD video on large-screen TVs. View the awards videos below from past exhibitions on the NBP YouTube channel (set videos for best HD quality).

NBP AWARDS VIDEOS

Awards Special Publications

The complete collection of finalists from each year's Windland Smith Rice International Awards is published in the Fall/Winter Special Collectors' Editions

Go to the 
Publications 
page of our 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.