2014 Nature’s Best Photography Awards – An inspiring photographic journey from the wild to the walls of the Smithsonian.

2014 Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards Exhibition.
Art meets science through the lens of the camera and the creative eye of the public.

Throughout the ages artists and scientists have looked to the planet for inspiration. The 2014 Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards Exhibition, one of the most highly-respected and visually compelling nature photography competitions in the world, celebrates once again the beauty and diversity of nature through the art of photography.

On the second floor of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., museum guests will see award-winning photographs displayed from one of the world’s most prestigious nature photography competitions.

The Smithsonian exhibition opens on Oct. 24, 2014, and features winners from the annual Windland Smith Rice International Awards program. Chosen from more than 20,000 entries from photographers in 50 countries, the exhibition will showcase the Grand Prize winner, the Photographer of the Year and the Youth Photographer of the Year, as well as finalists selected in 13 separate categories. The images are displayed as large format prints ranging in size from 2×3 feet to nearly 4×6 feet in the United States’ most visited museum, which welcomes more than eight million visitors annually. The exhibition-quality prints were created with Epson’s award-winning 44-inch wide Epson Stylus Pro 9900. The Grand Prize photograph goes to photographer Tin Man Lee for his Bear Pounce image.

The annual photo competition is open to the public and encourages submissions from photographers at all levels of expertise – pros, amateurs and youth.