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Wilderness Forever 


Smithsonian National Museum
of Natural History, Washington, D.C.
OPEN through late summer 2015

Signed into law on Sept. 3, 1964, by President Lyndon B. Johnson, the Wilderness Act was a triumph for all who enjoy the open landscapes of America. In 2014, the Wilderness Act reached its Golden Anniversary. In tribute, Wilderness50 a coalition of government agencies, nonprofit groups, foundations, and other supporters, celebrated the 50-year milestone through the "Wilderness Forever" juried photo competition and exhibition of winners. There are winners in four 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. 
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The Windland Smith Rice 

International Awards presents:

The Best of the Best

Nature's Best Photography 20th Anniversary
Exhibition: Open 
Oct. 24, 2015 to Oct. 2016

Enjoy 20 years of nature's finest moments in the "Best of the Best" photography exhibition. Selected over the past years from nearly 500,000 images submitted by photographers from around the globe, this collection brings dramatic landscapes, exciting wildlife behavior, and surprising glimpses of Earth's icy peaks to mysterious ocean depths. More than 100 large-format prints along with HD videos will take you on a thrilling journey from the wild to the walls of the Smithsonian. Enter your own photography in the annual Awards open on January 1, 2016.

The History of the International Awards

Launched in 1996 at the Washington D.C. National Zoo, the Nature's Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards is now an endowed exhibition program at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. The Category Winners and a selection of the Highly Honored images from the annual Awards competition are showcased as large-format prints along with accompanying HD videos. 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) and FREE to the public!




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