Welcome to Nature's Best Photography

Wilderness Forever

2nd Floor through summer 2015

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 supportershave joined together to celebrate the 50-year mark through educational events including the "Wilderness Forever" print exhibition of the juried photo competition. There are winners in four contest categories: Wildlife, Most Inspirational Moment, People in the Wilderness, and Scenic landscape; each with a Pro, Amateur, and Student winner; plus 50 honorable mention images, a T-Rex skull, an HD video, and touchscreens showing U.S. wilderness areas. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

Windland Smith Rice

International Awards


Open Oct. 24, 2014 through April 20, 2015
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 images from the competition are showcased as large-format prints with two accompanying HD videos. Large-format photographic prints range in size from 2 x 3 foot to 3.5 x 5 foot showing some species nearly life size. Plan a visit to one of the most visited museums in the world. Open daily (except Christmas) and FREE to the public!

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 is an endowed exhibition program at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History located on the National Mall, 1000 Madison Drive, NW, Washington, DC.





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2013 Windland Awards Video
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2012 Windland Awards Video
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