“Wilderness Forever” Photography Contest Winners Announced

“Wilderness Forever” Photography Contest Winners Announced

Mar. 03, 2014

(SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Mar. 3, 2014)  This week Wilderness50 and Nature’s Best Photography announce the winners of the “Wilderness Forever” photography contest that was open for public entries last summer. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Wilderness Act, professional, amateur, and student winning photographs will be part of the “Wilderness Forever” exhibition opening in September at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.


“As a wilderness manager, I know how it can often be difficult to convey the concept of wilderness areas and their importance,” said Bob Wick, National Wilderness Program Manager for the Bureau of Land Management, professional photographer, and a contest judge. “The contest photos are worth many thousands of words in truly capturing the essence of these American treasures.”


The contest ran from May-September 2013 and received more than 5000 photo submissions under four separate contest categories – Scenic Landscape, People in Wilderness, Wildlife, and Most Inspirational Moment. Winning photographs capture wilderness areas from Alaska to the Everglades taken by both well-known photographers, like Grand Prize winner Rodney Lough Jr. from Happy Valley, Oregon, and new, emerging image-makers, like 16-year-old student Jenna Van Kley from Powell, Ohio.


“I truly enjoyed going through the entries, each one conveying a strong and unique passion for wilderness among the photographers,” said Steve Freligh, Nature's Best Photography editor-in-chief and a contest judge. “These wonderful images not only capture the beauty of wilderness, but also the broad diversity of the areas and their essential values.  Whether or not one ever visits a wilderness, these photos will inspire a new appreciation of these extraordinary locations across America and their importance to our natural heritage.  


To learn more about the Wilderness Forever photo contest winners visit the Nature’s Best Photography Facebook page at Facebook.com/naturesbestphotography.org and click on the “2014 Wilderness Forever Winners” album or view the album directly.


To learn more about this fall’s exhibition in the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum visit: http://www.wilderness50th.org/smithsonian



Lisa Ronald

Wilderness50 Communications Coordinator

Email: lisa.ronald@wilderness50th.org   

Phone: 406-396-3607

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