DEADLINE EXTENDED two weeks to 9/17/2013!


Due to the new declaration from The White House that September is “Wilderness Month” and because many people are just returning from travels, the deadline to enter your best shots from U.S. wilderness areas has been extended to September 17th. The Wilderness50 coalition, distinguished panel of judges, and the team at Nature’s Best Photography invite photographers at all levels of experience to enter the “Wilderness Forever” photo contest to help celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act.
Winners will be displayed in the 2014 print exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, one of the most widely respected and highly visited museums in the world. Also, all winning images will be published in a special publication produced to commemorate this golden anniversary event and promoted nationwide through electronic, print, and event promotions.
If you have already started a submission, thank you! If you have not entered yet, start an entry page now and you will have up until 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time on September 17, 2013 to complete your photo uploads.


©Bob Wick / BLM / Eagletail Mountains Wilderness, AZ


Last Day to Start an Entry to the 2013 Windland Awards

Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice Awards
EXTENDED DEADLINE: May 31, 2013 by 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time

Start an entry today and you will have another week to finish your uploads.

The Nature’s Best Photography magazine editors invite all photographers (pros, amateurs, and youth) to enter the Windland Awards competition for 2013. Winners in each category and a selection of the Highly Honored photos will be displayed as large-format prints in an annual exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC.
In addition, all of the winning images will be published in the Fall/Winter 2013 Special Collectors’ Edition of NBP magazine. Each photo is judged on overall appeal, technical quality, originality, and artistic merit.
Enter up to 20 images for one entry fee ($25 US dollars–no foreign checks).
Click for guidelines and details.  Questions? 

Prepare your images to upload online: Save copies of the photos you want to enter as low-resolution “.jpg” image files no larger than 500K at 72 ppi (the size will vary; set the image size to approximately 1000 pixels on the longest side).
After entering online: Photographers whose images pass into the next rounds for judging will be required to supply high-resolution files (and RAW files if available), a more complete caption and camera specifications before the final judging. NOTE: Information on how to send us your highest resolution and RAW files will be emailed to you if the judges want to see your images for further review.

Happy Valentine’s Day from POTW winner Jack Wills

Experience nature with your heart. Click on the “Picture of the Week” button on the NBP website to view this image sent in by Jack Wills of Walterville, Oregon, USA.


Title: Bird Lovers

Subject: Common Gallinule Pair

Shark River, Everglades National Park, FL, USA

The Story: “I was taking photos of wading birds, alligators, and whatever seemed interesting on the Shark River when I saw one of these birds enter the waterway by the tram road. I casually took a couple of photographs when I noticed a second bird enter the river a short distance away. I was not too interested until I saw the first bird head directly toward the second. I prepared myself to take photos of any action that may occur. I was a little surprised when the first bird seemed to nuzzle the second on the neck, but I was amazed when they came together in perfect symmetry, creating (with some imagination) a heart shape with their bills. I could not have orchestrated the position of these birds any better. I decided to submit this photo for the Picture of the Week just before Valentine’s.”

The image will be available to view on our website from Tuesday, February 12, until Monday, February 18, 2013. No use without permission of photographer © Jack Wills.



LAST DAY TO ENTER! Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012 at 11:59 pm

Contest Closing! Complete your entries now


ENTER YOUR BEST! Suggested topics include scenics and life above or below the ocean’s surface. NOTE: this contest is not judged in categories. For $25 US entry fee, you may submit up to 20 images. Your uploads must be completed before the deadline of 11:59 pm EST on December 18,  2012. Winners will be published in Nature’s Best Photography and Alert Diver magazines and featured on Win trips and gear from our Sponsors!  Learn about the prizes and get all the details online at

Picture of the Week 12/11 to 12/17/2012 by James Avery

For an interesting play on holiday colors, click on the “Picture of the Week” button on our website to view this image sent in by James C. Avery of Somerset, Pennsylvania, currently a visual journalism student at the Brooks Institute of San Francisco, California, USA.


The story: “I caught this shot of a red-eyed tree frog during a ‘Critter Demo’ for my Natural History Photography class. We built a few little habitats and set up some lights, pocket wizards, and during one of our model’s spritzers, he decided to show us his marvelous nictitating membrane—or his third eyelid—that protects his eyes while allowing him to see.”

See more from James Avery at

Click on the Picture of the Week button on the Nature’s Best Photography website to see this week’s featured photo sent in by David C. Smith titled “Elk Dawn”:



The story: “I arose before dawn one morning and left my wife in the hotel while I went into the park in an effort to capture some images of elk at sunrise. I found a large meadow where I had seen several herds of elk the previous day. I hiked into the meadow well before sunrise and set up in a spot where the elk had obviously spent the night (the grass was flattened). I’m a big fan of silhouettes and at first light I caught this bull elk calling his herd. He was backlit by the early morning sun illuminating the steam coming off of the river.”

See more by Smith at

LAST WEEKS! Ocean Views Photo Contest new deadline: 11:59 pm EST, December 18th, 2012

Share your passion for the ocean—the very essence of life itself.

Ocean Views Entry Form


ENTER YOUR BEST PHOTOS NOW TO BE JUDGED FIRST! Click the graphic above for all the details. Suggested topics include scenics and life above or below the ocean’s surface; this contest is not judged in categories. For $25 US entry fee, you may submit up to 20 images. Your uploads must be completed before the new extended deadline of 11:59 pm EST on December 18,  2012. Winners will be published in Nature’s Best Photography and Alert Diver magazines and featured on Win trips and gear from our Sponsors! Click on the logos below and see the complete Prize List online at:

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