Message from the Director 2019 Nature's Best Photography International Awards

Through a generous contribution to the Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium, a spectacular new 10,000-square-foot gallery space has been built to become the new home for the 2019 Nature’s Best Photography Awards exhibition. After 20 wonderful years of display at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, we reached the end of our exhibition alliance and are now very excited to explore venues across America and abroad. We are also pleased to bring with us our NBP partnerships with the Audubon Photography Awards, the African Wildlife Foundation, Divers Alert Network, and the International League of Conservation Photographers.

The Wonders of Wildlife's emphasis on natural history education and conservation will be integrated throughout the display with state-of-the-art presentations in photography, film, and public storytelling, including a seated theater for videos and other Nature’s Best® film projects. In their first year of operation, this inspiring institution in Springfield, Missouri, welcomed 1.6 million visitors who are all uniquely interested in outdoor activities.

Our goal is to introduce creative perspectives for enjoying nature and inspiring the sharing of that experience through the lens of a camera. This will be our largest and most highly-attended exhibition yet, providing a vivid example of the Awards platform moving forward and the new audiences it will reach. Final preparations are underway for the hall to open early 2020, featuring the 2019 NBP Awards winners as well as the Grand Prize winners from our past 24 years. Please stay tuned for opening details as the construction is completed.

In addition to the upcoming Wonders of Wildlife National Museum exhibition, there were two 2019 displays in Japan, focused on our Nature's Best Photography Asia alliance, representing the largest continent on Earth.

As we grow our Awards exhibition platform, you are invited to join us on this incredible visual journey from the wild to the eyes of the world. Your interest, photo submissions, and ongoing support have truly made a difference in the public's global appreciation of nature and the important motivation to conserve it.

I welcome your questions and value your support as Nature's Best Photography continues to reach the highest levels of quality in publications, exhibitions, multi-media presentations, and nature education. Our history is a rich and exciting as the future and we look forward to working with all of you to reveal a unique celebration of your dedicated work in the field.

Stephen B. Freligh, Executive Director, Nature’s Best Photography

ENTER your own best photographs, videos, and stories to be part of the Nature's Best® public celebration of creative passion and our commitment to preserving the nature of today and our place in it. PHOTO CONTESTS: GET READY to enter the next Nature's Best Photography International Awards, opening in January 2020.

Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium, Springfield, Missouri, USA.

In a world increasingly disconnected from the great outdoors, it’s more important than ever for people of all ages to connect with nature through fishing, hunting, and outdoor recreation to ensure we can protect wildlife for generations to come. Wonders of Wildlife shares this passion with visitors through an authentic, educational, and fun celebration of wildlife conservation.

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Wonders of Wildlife will educate and inspire future conservation leaders by offering everything they need to learn about and protect the outdoors for life. Wonders of Wildlife is an extension of Johnny Morris’ expansive commitment to inspiring the next generation of outdoor stewards. Current initiatives include the Wonders of the Ozarks Learning Facility (WOLF) School, a comprehensive outdoor learning school operated in partnership with Springfield Public Schools, Missouri Department of Conservation and Bass Pro Shops; and the traveling Wonders of Wildlife (WOW) School, which teaches children and families how to enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities while practicing personal safety and outdoor stewardship.

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