New Year's Message from the Director 2019 Windland Smith Rice International Awards

Through a generous contribution from Frederick W. Smith and Federal Express to Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium, a spectacular 10,000-square-foot gallery is being built to become a new home for the 2019 Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice Awards exhibition. After 20 wonderful years of display at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, we have reached the final year of our alliance with the museum and we are now excited to explore new venues across the USA and abroad. As we take these important steps forward, the current 2018 WSR Awards exhibition will remain on display at the Smithsonian museum through September 2019, so please stop by to visit if you are in Washington, D.C.

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 (Fall 2017 to Fall 2018), this inspiring institution in Springfield, Missouri welcomed 1.6 million visitors who are all uniquely interested in outdoor activities.

Our goal is to introduce new, creative perspectives for enjoying wildlife and inspiring the sharing of that experience through the camera lens. Since the majority of museum visitors will be guided through the new NBPWSR gallery, this may be our most highly-attended exhibition yet. Preparations are underway for the Awards exhibition to open on Labor Day weekend, featuring more winning images and videos than ever before. Stay tuned for image updates as the construction is completed.

In addition to the Smithsonian and Wonders of Wildlife exhibitions in 2019, you’ll be able to visit our displays at the Roberson Museum and Science Center in Binghamton, New York; galleries in Tokyo, Japan, and at the Iziko museum in Cape Town, South Africa, with more destinations planned for 2020.

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

I welcome your questions and value your support as NBP continues to reach the highest levels of quality in publications, exhibitions, multimedia presentations, and natural history education.

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

ENTER YOUR PHOTOS, VIDEOS, AND STORIES to be part of the NBP public celebration of creative passion and our commitment to preserving the nature of today.

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

Wonders of Wildlife honors the adventurers, explorers, outdoorsmen and conservationists who helped discover, develop and preserve the nation we love. Beyond its sheer scale and quality, what’s most impressive about the museum and aquarium is its powerful message to inspire everyone to connect with the outdoors. 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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