Children's National Hospital Gallery Nature's Best Photography Exhibition

from the wild to the walls of Children’s National

nature's best Photography Inspires Healing and joy

Washington, D.C. — Displayed on the ground floor of Children’s National Hospital— ranked one of the nation’s top ten pediatric hospitals—a new exhibition of fine art prints immerses patients, their families, visitors, and dedicated staff alike in nature’s calming beauty. View the collection of photos in the gallery below.

These 41 award-winning images represent the work of photographers of all ages and levels of camera experience from the Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards.

“Our vision for this new exhibition at Children’s National is to deliver uplifting visual storytelling to those who may benefit from it the most. These scenes and their stories instantly transport viewers from the stress of the hospital environment into the wonders of nature, inviting imagination and curiosity to become a highlight of their day.”—Steve Freligh, NBP Awards Co-founder and Director.

The annual international NBP Awards competition has engaged the public for more than 25 years through publications, exhibitions, online galleries, and events at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and other prestigious forums around the globe. We are now proud to share the Nature's Best mission with a new audience in an entirely new destination platform that will support wellness and health inspiration overall. Named in memory of nature photographer and conservationist, Windland Smith Rice, the NBP Awards program celebrates the beauty and diversity of Earth’s wildlife and wild places, combining the art of photography with natural history education and public participation.

“The Nature’s Best Photography display is such a beautiful way to help our patients and families reconnect with nature during this time of COVID-19,” remarks Martha Parra, Children's National Vice President of Clinical Support Services. “These images convey such an important sense of balance, peace, and joy.”

Featured photographers are excited to be included

“I've worked with young people for 27 years of my life in the classroom and the field, and I have always felt a close bond in helping the young. It means a lot to be included in this gallery. I hope my image of an African lioness with her young cubs will bring lots of smiles to kids in the hospital, in addition to those who care for and visit them.”— Russ Burden

“Wow, I am so honored to be included in this exhibition. What an incredible idea. I so am happy to be able to share my image of two grizzly cubs in Alaska. By showing the loving and natural behavior of bears I experienced, I hope to help change the often negative perspective society has on grizzlies and other bears.”—Ashleigh Scully, 2017 Youth Photographer of the Year.

“My passion is wildlife conservation. Through our global preservation efforts, our television programs on Discovery Channel, and ongoing conservation promotion, my family and I are proud to spread this message. My photograph of a tundra swan flying free overhead with wings in perfect symmetry helps to educate others about our beautiful natural world.”—Robert Irwin.

“I am delighted and honored to be part of this exhibition. It is a wonderful initiative that I hope brings a little cheer and happiness to those who need it.”—Ben Penson.

NBP partners support the healing power of nature

The NBP Awards display at Children's National was made possible through the ongoing support of the Frederick W. Smith Family, Susan and Daniel Katzin, Beverly and Charles Veatch, Sherrye and David Dantzker, the Freligh Family, the African Wildlife Foundation, the National Audubon Society, and the Neel Foundation.

“The African Wildlife Foundation is proud to help support this powerful exhibition at Children’s National. Through our valued partnership with Nature’s Best, we hope these extraordinary images will have a lasting impression on children and their families. This is a critical time for conservation in Africa, with a sharp decline in wildlife tourism and a growing prevalence of human-wildlife conflict due to COVID-19. Part of AWF’s strategy is to increase the opportunities and role of youth. A prosperous Africa depends on young people challenging existing systems to help improve the environment.” — Carter Ong Smith, AWF Safari Manager, awf.org.

Photographs on Display:

All images copyright by the photographers, courtesy Nature’s Best Photography Awards.

Support this new exhibition initiative

Contact: Steve Freligh, Co-founder and Director, Nature’s Best Photography Awards, or call 703-307-7010.

NBP PRESS IMAGES are available to media at high resolution with captions from the photographers, natural history information, camera specifications, and related videos. Contact: deb@naturesbestphotography.com. For interview opportunities and other queries, contact: Steve Freligh. Publication is prohibited without permission from Nature’s Best Photography with proper copyright credits to the photographers / NBP Awards.

About Nature’s Best Photography

The mission of Nature’s Best Photography (NBP) is to discover and display the creative talents of nature photographers, filmmakers, and outdoor enthusiasts of all ages, cultures, and levels of experience and to use this visually dynamic and information-rich medium as a global resource for public education, artistic expression, wellness inspiration, and conservation motivation. NBP supports this mission through high-quality publications, photography awards programs, online presentations, large-format print exhibitions, and alliances with conservation organizations worldwide. Learn more on the NBP website. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram.


The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) is the primary advocate for the protection of wildlife and wild lands as an essential part of a modern and prosperous Africa. Founded in 1961 to focus on Africa’s conservation needs, we articulate a uniquely African vision, bridge science and public policy, and demonstrate the benefits of conservation to ensure the survival of the continent’s wildlife and wild lands. Learn more at awf.org and follow on Facebook and Instagram.

For interviews with representatives of African Wildlife Foundation regarding the exhibition, members of the media should contact Patrick Mitchell of AWF in Washington, D.C., at pmitchell@awf.org or call 202-991-7508.

Photo credits from top left: Andrew Rouse, Erick Castellon, Kuanliang Ding, Petr Bambousek, Shin Okamoto, Yukiko Matsunari, Isaac Spotts, Robert Irwin, Manish Mamtani, Chase Dekker, Jeremy Johnson, Songda Cai, Yung-sen Wu, Arby Lipman, Robert Lehman, Ashleigh Scully, Steve Mattheis, Ofer Levy, Jon Cornforth, Jim Chen, Fasial Alnomas, Arshdeep Singh, Ashleigh Scully, Nelis Wolmarans, William Woolam, Stephanie Hu, Graham Hobart, Russ Burden, Arby Lipman, Federico Veronesi, Jess Findlay, Denise Ippolito, Vernon Tomajko, Thomas Vijayan, Marco Gaiotti, Benjamin Olson, Marco Urso, Jon Cornforth, Danny Green, Josiah Launstein, and Ben Penson.

About Children’s National Hospital

Children’s National Hospital, based in Washington, D.C., celebrates 150 years of pediatric care, research and commitment to community. Volunteers opened the hospital in 1870 with 12 beds for children displaced after the Civil War. Today, 150 years stronger, it is among the nation’s top 10 children’s hospitals. It is ranked No. 1 for newborn care for the fourth straight year and ranked in all specialties evaluated by U.S. News & World Report. Children’s National is transforming pediatric medicine for all children. In 2020, construction will be complete on the Children’s National Research & Innovation Campus, the first in the nation dedicated to pediatric research. Children’s National has been designated twice as a Magnet® hospital, demonstrating the highest standards of nursing and patient care delivery. This pediatric academic health system offers expert care through a convenient, community-based primary care network and specialty outpatient centers in the D.C., metropolitan area, including the Maryland and Northern Virginia suburbs. Children’s National is home to the Children’s National Research Institute and Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation and is the nation’s seventh-highest NIH-funded children’s hospital. It is recognized for its expertise and innovation in pediatric care and as a strong voice for children through advocacy at the local, regional and national levels.

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