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Windland Smith Rice smiling in the field holding a camera
Photo of dolphin take by Windland Smith Rice
Photo taken by Windland Smith Rice
Photo taken by Windland Smith Rice of a lion covering its face with its paw

DEDICATED IN MEMORY of the accomplished outdoor photographer and conservation advocate WINDLAND SMITH RICE, the Nature's Best Photography Awards program was created to recognize and to celebrate the achievements of photographers at all levels of experience and all nationalities. In this exhibition, we reveal the 2016 award-winning images selected from more than 20,000 photographs submitted by individuals representing 51 countries.

Run in partnership with the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, this annual, international photo competition is open to the public and juried by professionals in science, publishing, and conservation.

Take your favorite photos of nature on an exciting journey from the wild to the walls of the Smithsonian.

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