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.