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Sillouette of photographer with tripod and a striking tree against a setting sun © Russ Burden


NATURE PHOTOGRAPHERS travel the globe to document the beauty and diversity of its farthest reaches. The images they bring home awaken our desire to explore, understand, and conserve the natural world for the generations that will follow us. Through today's technology, photographs may be made and viewed instantly and transmitted through online media portals. These are valuable resources for sharing experiences and information quickly, but for the most dynamic and accurate display of nature, nothing rivals a large-format print. Epson large format printer with a print of award-winning photograph of a green bright-eyed frog by Simone Sbaraglia Like a painting, a print allows us to view the vivid intensity of a scene and examine its details again and again. From the moment the camera shutter is opened in the field, the image begins its journey through digital corridors that involve computer programs and state-of-the-art printing technology. Using these tools to integrate art and science, we present this exhibition of images and stories and welcome your participation.

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Collectors Edition

2012 Nature's Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards Collectors Edition Cover

Purchase the 2012 Nature's Best Photography Awards Collectors Edition in the museum shop or online at the Nature's Best website and explore the award winning images featured in the exhibit, as well as many additional winning images.



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Learn more about the animals and plants featured in this exhibit. Visit the Encyclopedia of Life website's online collection.



About the Competition

Nature's Best Photography Windlad Smith Rice International Awards

The 2013 competition is now closed and judging will begin soon. The next competition will open on January 1, 2014. Learn more about the Nature's Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards.

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