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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.

OPEN FOR ENTRIESENTER YOUR BEST for a chance to take your images from the wild to the walls of the Smithsonian. Entries to the competition must be taken of subjects in the wild and not baited. Submissions 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. All of the finalists are published in the Fall / Winter Special Collectors' Editions of Nature's Best Photography magazine. In addition, catgeory Winners and a selection of Highly Honored images are displayed as large fine art prints in the annual exhibition at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. Each photo is judged on technical quality, originality, artistic merit, and overall appeal. QUESTIONS? Email: Awards@naturesbestphotography.com

2017 Windland Smith Rice Awards
Smithsonian Exhibition open daily Sept. 2018

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 videos for best HD 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' 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.