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NATURE'S BEST

22nd Annual 

Windland Smith Rice

International Awards 

Exhibition 

Smithsonian's National Museum

of Natural History, 2nd Floor


Open Oct. 24, 2017 - Sept. 2018

Discover Nature through the Art of Photography.

From more than 26,000 entries submitted to the 2017 Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice Awards, sixty images were selected to showcase the extraordinary work of outdoor photographers in 59 countries. United by their creativity and technical skill with a camera, these artists of all ages and experience share visions of nature to inspire its preservation.  

The display features the 2017 Windland Awards category Winners and a selection of the Highly Honored images from the NBP Awards competitions, including winners from Nature's Best Photography Asia, and the Audubon Photography Awards.

Named for nature photographer and conservationist, Windland Smith Rice, the 22nd annual Nature’s Best Photography Awards exhibition presents fine art prints accompanied by HD video. Not only may visitors enjoy these extraordinary photographs and the diversity of flora and fauna they represent, but the competition is also open to the public for submissions. 

Join the journey from the wild to the walls of the Smithsonian; share YOUR images and videos at naturesbestphotography.com/enter

Launched in 1996 at the Washington D.C. National Zoo, 
the Nature's Best Photography International Awards is now an endowed exhibition program at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Plan a visit to one of the most-visited museums in the world located on the National Mall, 1000 Madison Drive, NW, Washington, DC. Open daily (except Christmas) FREE to the public!


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