Monday, May 9, 2011
Windland Smith Rice Awards Ceremony at the Smithsonian
Last week I had the privilege of being honored at the Smithsonian Museum as a winner of the Windland Smith Rice International Awards ceremony - that's me the 3rd from the right in the brown. This contest is sponsored by Natures Best magazine, a big, beautiful quarterly magazine that features some of the finest work in nature photography. The ceremony, held at the Smithsonian, included the category winners as well as those that achieved highly honored status (tie for second). The annual contest included approximately 26,000 entries submitted by photographers from around the world who are either professionals or advanced amateurs. My alaskan bald eagles picture was the winner in Birds category and can see seen or purchased here.
This ceremony also kicked off the annual Windland Smith Rice exhibit at the museum. My work, along with other highly talented photographers will be on display until the fall for all to see. It was indeed an honor to among the winners and an extra special honor for myself since this marks the second win for me. In addition to my two wins, 2008 and 2010, I was also Highly Honored in 2009. It is certainly a special feeling to know my work is being displayed at one of the finest museums in the world. The exhibit helps to inspire other photographers as well as bring public awareness of the beauty and wonders of the natural world.