"Wilderness Forever" Accepting Photos For Smithsonian Exhibit


The “Wilderness Forever” public photography competition is now accepting entries of images illustrating the sheer majesty, diversity, and value of our nation’s wilderness areas. This professionally-juried contest is conducted by the 50th Anniversary National Wilderness Planning Team (Wilderness50), Nature’s Best Photography, and the Smithsonian Institution, and will run through September 3, 2013. Approximately 50 winning contest entries will be chosen for display as large-format prints in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History as part of a 2014 exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.

“Photography delivers immediate and long-lasting impact. What better way to celebrate the beauty of our natural heritage than through the eyes of the public and their shared experiences in our wilderness areas,” says Steve Freligh, Nature’s Best Photography Editor-in-Chief, and “Wilderness Forever” photo competition judge.

 Alaska Bear one 122“We’re very excited to share the public’s own visions of America’s beautiful wilderness lands and to educate visitors about the importance of preserving our natural heritage through this remarkable photography exhibition,” said Charles Chen of the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.

 Millions of visitors to the Natural History Museum will experience this exhibition representing a centerpiece of nationwide celebrations commemorating the establishment of the wilderness system and bringing together the voices of ordinary Americans depicting the beauty and importance of these special places.   Professional, amateur and student photographers are encouraged to submit their photographs accompanied by personal stories and memories about the scenes depicted. Contest guidelines and entry instructions are found online at http://www.wilderness50th.org/smithsonian

Entry categories are as follows:

•SCENIC LANDSCAPE: Dramatic scenes and unusual perspectives of protected Colorado Elk 2010 106wilderness land, providing expansive views, including plant life: flowers, trees, and other flora in natural habitat. Close-ups, wide-open spaces, storms, sunsets, and other natural views.

•WILDLIFE: Wild animals (mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, insects, etc.) photographed within the boundaries of wilderness areas. Animal portraits, behavior, predation, adults with young. (NOTE: No captive animals allowed in this category.)

•PEOPLE IN WILDERNESS: People enjoying wilderness lands: Adventurers, backpackers, hikers, canoers and other activities; groups, families, and individuals in natural settings. Action, artistic perspectives and artistic compositions (silhouettes, motion shots, creative lighting, portrayals of solitude and primitive recreation etc.).

•MOST INSPIRATIONAL MOMENT: Images of wilderness locations that have a very special story and personal meaning to entrants.

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Joe Byers
Joe Byers has more than 1,000 magazine articles in print and is currently a field editor with Whitetail Journal, Predator Xtreme, Whitetails Unlimited, Crossbow Revolution, and African Hunting Journal magazines. He’s spent the last three decades depicting the thrill of the chase and photographing the majesty of all things wild. Byers is a member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association and numerous other professional and conservation organizations.