Nature’s Best Photography Awards

© Tin Man Lee / NBP

© Tin Man Lee / NBP

Take your Images and Videos on the Journey from the Wild to the Walls of the Smithsonian

NATURE PHOTOGRAPHERS from 51 countries around the globe competed in the 21st annual Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards. The reward — to be exhibited at one of the most respected and highly visited museums in the world — the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC.

Named in memory of accomplished photographer and conservation advocate, Windland Smith Rice, the awards competition is NOW OPEN FOR ENTRIES until March 31 online: naturesbestphotography.com

Visit the NBP website to enter the contest and view galleries of past winners. Get the rules and categories in the Entry Guidelines: http://bit.ly/wsr2017guidelines

New this year: The “Conservation Story” category, run in alliance with ILCP, where a series of images will be selected to reflect upon a conservation-based story. Also, the “Nature in Motion” video category is now operated in alliance with Smithsonian Earth and invites short documentaries or individual wildlife behavior sequence film.

See NBP Awards videos on YouTube: http://bit.ly/nbp_videos

The 2016 Grand Prize winner, Daisy Gilardini, of British Columbia Canada, has witnessed first-hand the impact her image has made on visitors to the museum as well as through press and social media. Daisy believes: “As environmental photographers, it is our duty to capture the beauty of places and species at risk and raise awareness through the universal power of imagery.”  Website link: daisygilardini.com

“I have been submitting to the NBP Awards competition since 2003 after learning about it at a NANPA Summit.” Daisy’s patience in the field and tenacity in entering extraordinary images through the years was finally rewarded when her image of a polar bear mother and cubs became an immediate favorite of the Judging Panel.

© Daisy Gilardini / NBP Awards 2016 / Polar Bear Mother and Cubs, Wapusk National Park in Manitoba, Canada.

© Daisy Gilardini / NBP Awards 2016 / Polar Bear Mother and Cubs, Wapusk National Park in Manitoba, Canada.

© David McEown / 2016 Grand Prize Winner, Daisy Gilardini

© David McEown / 2016 Grand Prize Winner, Daisy Gilardini

© NBP / 2016 Youth Photographer of the Year, David Rosenzweig

© NBP / 2016 Youth Photographer of the Year, David Rosenzweig

© David Rosenzweig / NBP Awards 2016 / Leopard and Son, Timbavati Game Reserve, South Africa

© David Rosenzweig / NBP Awards 2016 / Leopard and Son, Timbavati Game Reserve, South Africa

The 2016 Youth Photographer of the Year, David Rosenzweig of Mineola, New York, discovered his love for animals and photography on a family vacation. His primary focus is now on wildlife and conservation photography in sub-Saharan Africa, working with rhino and big cat organizations to help save some of Africa’s most endangered species. Rosenzweig is currently a freshman at Stanford University, where he hopes to continue his pursuit of photography along with International studies. “Winning this award is an incredible honor and one has had a profound impact on my life and focus moving forward. The ability to share the beauty of nature and tell a powerful story within one single frame is the reason I love nature photography.” Website link: davidrphotos.com

All of us at Nature’s Best know David’s future is bright and his commitment so important to conservation issues.

“We are amazed every year by the extraordinary submissions from men and women of all ages and nationalities,” says Steve Freligh, CEO of Nature’s Best Photography. “These dedicated photographers create images that transport viewers into the wild. Their visual storytelling rekindles a passion for the outdoors and ignites a sense of urgency to conserve it.”

“The Windland Awards is truly a program born from imagination, led by inspiration, and fulfilled by photographers as diverse as the images themselves,” says Nature’s Best Photography Chairman, Charles Veatch. “We encourage everyone to enter their favorite images!”

ABOUT NATURE’S BEST PHOTOGRAPHY:

The Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards Exhibition is run in alliance with the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History through the generous endowment support of the Frederick W. Smith family, along with Charles and Beverly Veatch, Panasonic | Lumix, Epson, African Wildlife Foundation, Nature’s Best Photography Asia, National Audubon Society, Smithsonian Earth, and the Smithsonian Channel. The NBP Awards program includes publications, exhibitions, and multimedia presentations of award-winning photography and video. Easy entry process, experienced judging panel, top quality reproduction, and prestigious venues — the ultimate platform for sharing your photography and enhancing your portfolio. 

Nature’s Best Photography was a proud sponsor of NANPA’s Nature Photography Summit Keynote Sessions.NBP2

© NBP / National Museum of Natural History Rotunda setting up for the Gala to honor the winners of the Windland Smith Rice Awards in November of 2016.

© NBP / National Museum of Natural History Rotunda setting up for the Gala to honor the winners of the Windland Smith Rice Awards in November of 2016.