Windland Awards OPEN for entries January 1, 2015

CALL FOR ENTRIES: The 2014 Windland Smith Rice International Awards is NOW open. Click Here to go to the entry form.Start an entry page early to be judged first! You will have until May 1, 2014, to complete your uploads. For each entry fee of $25 US dollars, you may enter a total of 20 images. You may start as many entry pages as you like for $25 each. Entries are judged on technical quality, originality, and artistic merit. Follow the guidelines, rules, and categories listed on: www.NaturesBestPhotography.com Finalists will be published in Nature's Best Photography and Alert Diver magazines and featured in online galleries. The category Winners and a selection of Highly Honored photographs will be displayed in the annual Awards Exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC, one of the most widely respected and highly visited museums in the world.

CALL FOR ENTRIES: The 2015 Windland Smith Rice International Awards is OPEN.
Click Here to go to the entry form.
You will have until March 16, 2015, to complete your uploads. For each entry fee of $25 US dollars, you may enter a total of 20 images. Start as many entry pages of 20 images as you like for $25 each. Entries are judged on technical quality, originality, and artistic merit. Follow the guidelines, rules, and categories listed on: www.NaturesBestPhotography.com The Winners and selected Highly Honored photos will be displayed in the annual Awards Exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC, one of the most widely respected and highly visited museums in the world.

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Enter Ocean Views by midnight New Year’s Eve!!

LAST CHANCE to enter YOUR favorite views of the Ocean!
ENTER NOW: www.naturesbestphotography.com

Start an entry page before midnight tonight and you will have time to finish your photo uploads by January 6, 2014. Click on the Entry Guidelines for details. If you already entered, thank you! The Judging panel for this year includes: the photo team at Nature’s Best Photography, Stephen Frink of Divers Alert Network (DAN), and our guest judges: David Doubilet and Jennifer Hayes.

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Winners will be published in both Nature’s Best Photography and Alert Diver magazines. Prizes include trips and gear from our Sponsors: Aggressor Fleet • Anthony’s Key Resort • Aqua Cat • Caradonna • DUI • Explorer Ventures • Galapagos Sky • Henderson Aquatics • Ikelite • Ocean Divers • Sam’s Tours • Scubapro • Sunset House • UNEXSO • Worldwide Dive and Sail.

Picture of the Week by Vicky Eicher

Click on the “Picture of the Week” button on the NBP website to view this image sent in by Vicky Eicher of Charlottesville, Virginia, USA.

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Title: Curiosity

Subject: Polar Bear

Location: East Coast of Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada

Story: “I was photographing wildlife from the bow of the National Geographic Explorer when two polar bears approached the ship. The second bear chased off the first and cautiously came closer and closer to us, before apparently deciding that we were neither a threat nor edible. Then he turned around and left. This shot is not cropped.”

Camera: Nikon D300AF VR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED lens; 1/1000 sec at f/16; ISO 800.

**Notice**
The image appears on our website from Thursday, December 12, until Thursday, December 19, 2013. No use without permission of photographer © Vicky Eicher.

Picture of the Week by Michael Poliza

Click on the “Picture of the Week” button on the NBP website to view this image sent in by Michael Poliza of Hamburg, Germany.
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Title: Holy Cave

Subject: Timing Helps

Location: Kuril Islands, Kamchatka.

Story: “This is a very special image to me. It was taken not too long ago on the Kuril Islands on the far eastern side of Russia, just south of Kamchatka. Sounds far away… Trust me, it is! We were waiting all day long for the sun to break thru the low clouds to shoot a beautiful caldera, but to no avail. On the way back to the Mothership (MS Bremen) we stopped at this cave. Sometimes its just timing and a bit of luck…
PS. Just to clarify: The cave had two big open holes on the other end. This is where the setting sun was shining through… Timing helps.”

Camera: Canon EOS-1D XEF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens at 110mm; 1/250 sec at f/6.3; ISO 640.

Website: www.michaelpoliza.com

**Notice**
The image appears on our website from Thursday, November 14, until Thursday, November 21, 2013. No use without permission of photographer © Michael Poliza.

Picture of the Week 10/24 to 10/31/2013 by Sergi Garcia

Click on the “Picture of the Week” button on the NBP website to view this image sent in by Sergi Garcia of Argentona, Barcelona, Spain.
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Title: Turtle at Sunset

Subject: Green Sea Turtle

Location: Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain.

Story: “A group of turtles are installed on a small beach in Tenerife. The shot is less than 10 meters deep.”

Camera: Nikon D7000; Tokina AT-X 107 DX Fisheye (AF 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5) at 14mm; 1/200 sec at ƒ/11; ISO 100.

**Notice**
The image appears on our website from Thursday, October 24, until Thursday, October 31, 2013. No use without permission of photographer © Sergi Garcia.

LAST DAY TO ENTER the Wilderness Forever Photo Contest!

ATTENTION ALL PHOTOGRAPHERS! 
CONTEST CLOSING: Send in your favorite photos of wilderness by Sept. 17.
Be a part of the Smithsonian 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act Exhibition.
Click HERE to enter the Wilderness Forever Photo Contest. 

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THE FINAL DEADLINE: 11:59 pm Eastern Time on Tuesday, September 17, 2013.
Start an entry before the deadline and you have the rest of the week to upload images.
THE ENTRY FEE: $20 for up to 20 images total per submission.
NOTE: You may enter more than one submission at $20 fee each.
THE CATEGORIES: Scenic Landscape, Wildlife, People in Wilderness, and Most Inspirational Moment.
IMPORTANT: All photos must be taken at a designated U. S. Wilderness Area.

To see a complete List of U.S. Wilderness Areas by location, click here.
To see the Wilderness Forever Photo Contest Guidelines, click here.
To complete the Entry Form and submit your photos, click here.
Share the beauty of a U.S. Wilderness Area. Look through your archives, and send us your best. Enter your wilderness photos TODAY!
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