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See the world’s natural wonders through a whole new lens.

Named for nature photographer and conservationist Windland Smith Rice, the 23rd annual Nature’s Best Photography Awards exhibition presents breathtaking fine art prints and short videos that highlight the best of nature photography—and our spectacular planet.

From more than 26,000 entries submitted to the 2018 Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards, 60 stunning images were selected to showcase the extraordinary work of photographers from around the world. United by their creativity and technical skill with a camera, these artists of all ages and experience levels share their visions of nature to inspire future photographers and conservationists alike.


  • The video of manta rays and whale sharks feeding off the coast of Mexico
  • A case full of photographic gear showing how cameras have changed over time
  • The Grand Prize image of a gorilla mother and infant


  • Snap a selfie in front of your favorite landscape or animal.
  • Watch a video of nature photographers at work to hear their experiences and see how they got their shots.
  • Get inspired to hone your nature photography skills.
Mountain Gorillas, mother and her infant sleeping peacefully

GRAND PRIZE. Mountain Gorillas. IUCN Red List: Critically Endangered. Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda. By Nelis Wolmarans, Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

This was our second trek on a safari to visit one mountain gorilla family in each of three countries where they occur: Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Watching this mother and her infant sleeping peacefully was such a joyful experience for me. I was humbled sitting in such close proximity to the powerful female as she lay with this tiny bundle of fur in her arms, comfortable enough to close her eyes. If only humans were able to forgive like they do.
Three bull moose drinking from stream

YOUTH PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR. Bull Moose. Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA. By Isaac Spotts, at age 18, Jackson, Wyoming, USA.

On one of the craziest days I’ve had photographing wildlife, I saw a small bull (on the left) get in the water. After about ten minutes, a larger bull in the distance started walking towards the spring and also got in. To my amazement, another bull joined them and they all began sparring! Cautiously, I slid into the water to be eye-level with them. It was quite chilly walking back to my car while soaking wet in 20˚F weather, but it was worth it!

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