2013 Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards competition

The editors of Nature’s Best Photography magazine invite all photographers to enter the 2013 Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards competition. Start an entry in the 2013 competition. It is easy to enter, fun to participate, and life-changing if you are selected as a winner! CLICK HERE TO ENTER:


Category Winners and a selection of Highly Honored photographs will be displayed in a large format exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, one of the most widely respected and highly visited museums in the world. In addition, all winning images will be published in the Fall/Winter 2013 Special Collectors’ Edition of NATURE’S BEST PHOTOGRAPHY magazine and promoted around the globe.

ENTRY FEE and ENTRY FORM: If mailed, a check or money order for $25 (US dollars only—no foreign checks) must be included with your entry, made out to: NATURE’S BEST PHOTOGRAPHY. Or you may use a Visa, MasterCard, or American Express charge card on your Entry Form, or phone in your information to 703-467-9783. Each submission must be accompanied by an Entry Form with information clearly filled out. See the Entry Guidelines PDF.

Nature’s Best Photography
Windland Awards 2013
1877-C Metro Center Drive
Reston, Virginia 20190 USA
Phone 703-467-9783; Fax 703-467-9785

QUESTIONS OR NEED HELP? Email: Awards@naturesbestphotography.com
or call 703-467-9783 during office hours Monday-Friday 9am -5pm or leave a message.

Judging begins after the contest closes in May, and entries will be reviewed in the order the account was opened. So the earlier you enter, the earlier your images will be reviewed by the judges! Check out the categories and guidelines and give us a call or email if you have questions.


AFRICAN WILDLIFE: (SPONSORED BY THE AFRICAN WILDLIFE FOUNDATION) Wild animals (mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, etc.) photographed on the African continent including Madagascar and offshore island groups, taken in their natural habitat.
ANIMAL ANTICS: Wildlife in humorous or surprising situations.
ART IN NATURE: Naturally occurring artistic compositions (colors, forms, textures, etc.) in nature.
BIRDS: Wild birds in native habitats displaying plumage, mating rituals, nesting, feeding, or other behaviors.
CONSERVATION PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR: Nominate a CPY recipient at www.naturesbestphotography.com/competition_conservation.php
ENDANGERED SPECIES: Plants or animals that are listed as Vulnerable, Threatened, or Endangered Species by the IUCN. Please visit www.iucnredlist.org to confirm the endangered status of a species before submitting to this category.
LANDSCAPES: Dramatic scenes and unusual perspectives of wild places providing expansive views. Includes plant life: flowers, trees, and other flora in natural habitat.
(SPONSORED IN MEMORY OF OCEAN EXPLORER AND SUPPORTER, STEVE DROGIN) The fascinating world of the sea: tide pools, coral reefs, marine life, waves, etc. Photos taken above the ocean’s surface, related to ocean life or landscapes, are also welcome.
(NEW) OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: People enjoying the outdoors: Adventurers, backpackers, kayakers, divers, hikers, climbers, sitting around the campfire, caving, skiing, running, skydiving, etc., in natural settings.
(SPONSORED BY THE HOWARD G. BUFFETT FOUNDATION) Dramatic images that illustrate the power of nature, from hurricanes, tornadoes, storms, flooding, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides, and more. We are also looking for the aftermath, displaying what is left after these natural events, to the rescue, cleanup, and recovery that follows. We may also select a sequence of submitted images that cover the entire story behind a particular event.
Shots of plants, animals, and miniature landscapes taken with close-up lenses.
Wild animals (mammals, reptiles, amphibians, etc. — Birds are a separate category, see above) photographed within their natural habitat anywhere in the world outside of Africa. (NOTE: No captive animals allowed in this category.)
(SPONSORED BY BROOKE MORROW FOR ST. MARY’S EPISCOPAL SCHOOL) An entry of up to 20 photographs may be submitted by photographers 18 years of age or younger. Each individual image in a youth submission must fit within the contest categories, without exception. NOTE: Please be sure to include your date of birth and current age on your entry form.
Images may include animal portraits, behavior, zookeepers working with animals, visitors (may require model release), special events, etc. All photographs must have been taken at zoos and aquariums belonging to and accredited by American Zoo Association (AZA) or the World Association of Zoos & Aquaria (WAZA). Please check the complete AZA list at www.aza.org and the complete WAZA list at www.waza.org.

Enter today to be judged first. Good luck!

Picture of the Week 12/25/2012 to 12/31/2012 by Chase Dekker

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the Nature’s Best Photography team!!

We chose this photograph to celebrate the festivities on this chilly Christmas day.

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 Chase Dekker entitled “A Moose Beneath the Brush”: http://www.naturesbestphotography.com/

Shiras Bull Moose by Chase Dekker

No use without photographer’s permission under any circumstances.

Subject: Shiras Bull Moose
Location: Antelope Flats in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA
Photographer: Chase Dekker
The story: “I ventured out to Grand Teton National Park this December to photograph the beautiful and quiet park during it’s off winter season. I spend a lot of time with moose and was able to find a group of 12 moose out in the sagebrush flats. During a snow flurry, I sat quietly with this bull for quite some time as he took a rest from eating all day.”

**Notice** The image will be available to view on our website from Tuesday, December 25, until Monday, December 31, 2012.

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