2018 Windland Smith Rice Awards

Congratulations to the Winners and Highly Honored finalists!

winner | GRAND PRIZE


Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

By Nelis Wolmarans of Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Canon 1D X; 200-400mm ƒ/4L IS USM lens at 200mm; 1/320 sec at ƒ/11; ISO 3200; hand-held.



Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA

By Isaac Spotts, at age 18 of Jackson, Wyoming, USA

Nikon D500; 200-500mm ƒ/5.6E ED VR lens at 200mm; 1/1000 sec at ƒ/5.6; ISO 1250; hand-held.

Highly honored | youth


African Bush ElephanT

Skeleton Coast, Namib Desert, Namibia

By Arby Lipman of Fort Myers Beach, Florida, USA

Canon 1D X Mark II; 400mm ƒ/2.8L IS II USM lens; 1/640 sec at ƒ/3.2; ISO 320; hand-held.

highly honored | african wildlife

winner | birds

Jabiru and Nest

Pantanal, Brazil

By Petr Bambousek of Příbram, Czech Republic

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II; 40-150mm ƒ/2.8 Pro lens at 95mm; 1/800 sec at ƒ/6.3; ISO 200; hand-held.

highly honored | birds

winner | conservation story

Sumatran Orangutan

Gunung Leuser National Park, Sumatra, Indonesia

By Marco Gaiotti of Genoa, Italy

Canon 5D Mark IV; 16-35mm ƒ/2.8L III USM lens; 2x extender at 16mm; 1/160 sec at ƒ/6.3; ISO 1000; hand-held.

highly honored | conservation story

winner | landscapes

Edith Creek Sunset

Mount Rainier National Park, Washington, USA

By Chase Dekker of Monterey, California, USA

Canon 5D Mark III; 16-35mm ƒ/4L IS USM lens at 20mm; 13 secs at ƒ/14; ISO 100; ND filter; Sirui tripod and head.

HIGHLY HONORED | landscapes


Hiking Proxy Falls

Willamette National Forest, McKenzie Bridge, Oregon, USA

By Mark Chen of Annandale, Virginia, USA

Nikon D750; Tamron 15-30mm ƒ/2.8 Di VC USD lens at 22mm; 3-shot bracketed exposure of 1/8, 1/4, 1/2 sec at ƒ/11; ISO 100; ProMaster tripod and head.

highly honored | outdoor adventure

winner | OCEAN VIEWS

gray whale

Magdalena Bay, near San Carlos, Baja California Sur, Mexico

By Claudio Contreras Koob of Mexico City, Mexico

Canon 5D Mark II; Sigma 15mm ƒ/2.8 EX Diagonal Fisheye lens; 1/320 sec at ƒ/11; ISO 1600; Seacam UW housing.


winner | polar passion

Polar Ice Formation

Svalbard, Norway

By Andy Rouse of Market Drayton, England, UK

Canon 1D X; 200-400mm ƒ/4L IS USM lens; 1.4x extender at 560mm; 1/2000 sec at ƒ/7.1; ISO 320; Gitzo tripod; Sachtler head.

HIGHLY HONORED | polar passion

winner | wildlife

silver fox

Northern Washington, USA

By Tin Man Lee of Agoura Hills, California, USA

Canon 1D X Mark II; 600mm ƒ/4 IS II lens; 1/2000 sec at ƒ/8; ISO 2500; hand-held.

highly honored | WILDLIFE

winner | NATURE IN MOTION | video

"Filtering giants"

Isla Mujeres, Mexico

By Howard and Michele Hall of Del Mar, California, USA

Director, videographer, and editor: Howard Hall; Producer: Michele Hall; RED Epic-X; Canon 8-15mm ƒ/4L Fisheye USM lens; Sony 900; 5.5-52mm Fujinon lens; Original music: Alan Williams; Narrator: Connie Terwilliger.

highly honored | nature in motion | video

"Antarctica & Sub-Antarctic Islands"

By Daisy Gilardini of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Producer: Daisy Gilardini; Nikon D5, D500, and D850; DJI Mavic Pro; various lenses; Gitzo Mountaineer tripod; RRS fluid head; Music: Melody Loops; Final Cut Pro X.

"Northwest Wild"

Washington, Oregon, and Northern California, USA

By Joe LeFevre of Oswego, New York, USA

Producer: Joe Lefevre; Panasonic Lumix GH5; Panasonic 12-35mm ƒ/2.8 lens; Canon 6D; Nikon 14-24mm ƒ/2.8 lens; Novoflex adapter; Induro tripod; Feisol ball head; Final Cut Pro X.

"Ghosts of the Arctic"

Svalbard, Norway

Starring Joshua Holko of Templestowe, Victoria, Australia


Director: Abraham Joffe (Untitled Film Works); Cinematographer: Dom West (Untitled Film Works); RED Epic Weapon 6k Dragon; Canon cameras and lenses; Sony A7S and lenses; DJI InSpire 4k Drone; Miller tripod and head; SteadyCam; Adobe Premiere Pro.

"Flamingos of Lake Bogoria"

Lake Bogoria, Kenya

By Karen Perry of Walnut Creek, California, USA

Producer: Karen Perry; Canon 5D Mark IV; 500mm ƒ/4L IS USM lens; bean bag; Music: Audio Blocks - Harmonic Atmosphere; Final Cut Pro X.

"Changing Oceans"

Pacific and Indo-Pacific Oceans

By Katy Laveck Foster and Jeff Foster of Bellevue, Washington, USA

Producers: Katy Laveck Foster and Jeff Foster; Sony AX100; Saga +5 or +10 wet-mount flip diopter; Sola 1200 UW lights (2); Gate UW housing; Adobe Premiere Pro.

"Heat Run"

Vava'u Islands, Tonga, South Pacific

By Scott Portelli of Mosman, New South Wales, Australia

Producer: Scott Portelli; Canon 5D Mark III; DJI Phantom 4 drone; GoPro Hero 5; DJI Osmo+ with Gimbal; various lenses; Seacam UW housing; Music: Audio Jungle; Adobe Premiere Pro.

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