Welcome to Nature's Best Photography

Nature's Best Photography's

two Smithsonian 

Wilderness Forever

OPEN NOW through Summer 2015

On the 2nd Floor next to the Gem Store 

Signed into law in on September 3, 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson, the Wilderness Act was a triumph for all who enjoy the open landscapes of America and the natural heritage they represent. In 2014, the Wilderness Act will reach its Golden Anniversary. In tribute to this milestone, Wilderness50—a coalition of government agencies, nonprofit groups, foundations, and other supporters—have joined together to celebrate the 50-year mark through numerous educational events, including this "Wilderness Forever" print exhibition at the Smithsonian of the juried photo competition. There are 13 winners in four contest categories: Wildlife, Most Inspirational Moment, People in the Wilderness, and Scenic landscape and each will have a Pro, Amateur, and Student winner, plus 50 honorable mention images on display.
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Windland Smith Rice

International Awards


Open Oct. 24, 2014 through April 20, 2015

On the 2nd Floor near the Gem Hall

In partnership with the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, the winners from the Windland Smith Rice International Awards are displayed to millions of visitors each year. The Category Winners and a selection of the Highly Honored photos from the annual competition are showcased as large-format prints with an accompanying HD video. Washington, DC, is a beautiful city to visit all year around. We hope everyone will get a chance to come see these popular exhibitions.

The History of the International Awards

Launched in 1996 at the Washington DC National Zoo, the Nature's Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards has now become an endowed exhibition program at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History located on the National Mall, 1000 Madison Drive, NW, Washington, DC.

Large-format photographic prints ranging in size from 2 x 3 foot to nearly 4 x 6 foot are displayed in the museum's Special Exhibitions Halls annually. Plan a visit to one of the most visited museums in the world. It is open every day of the year (except December 25) and is FREE to the public!





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2012 Windland Awards Video
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