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. More than 20,000 entries are received and judged each year in the Awards competition.
Nature's Best Photography Windland Smith Rice
International Awards Competition
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 25 images for the entry fee of $30 US dollars (no foreign checks).
Nature's Best Photography Smithsonian Exhibition
Open through SEPT. 2017
In partnership with the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC, 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 each year. 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 for best quality).
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 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.