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NATURE'S BEST™ 

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.

2018 Windland Awards Entrants:

Thank you to all for entering! 

THE CONTEST IS CLOSED! Our judges are reviewing completed submissions. Each photo is judged on technical quality, originality, artistic merit, and overall appeal. Photographers will be notified via email if your images pass on to the next stage in the judging process. The semifinal round of judging will be complete in May and we will request high-resolution images, RAW files, and detailed captions. Those images will be reviewed in June. All entrants will be notified in September when the winners have been chosen. Category 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, D.C. All of the finalists are published in the Fall / Winter Special Collectors' Editions of Nature's Best Photography magazine.  QUESTIONS? Email: Awards@naturesbestphotography.com

2017 Windland Smith Rice Awards
Smithsonian Exhibition open until 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).

NBP AWARDS VIDEOS

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.