The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History opened “Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards Presents: The Best of the Best” Saturday, Oct. 24. The temporary exhibition features more than 100 large-format prints selected from nearly 500,000 images submitted over 20 years by photographers from around the globe for the annual Nature’s Best Photography: Windland Smith Rice International Awards. Photos in the exhibition include dramatic landscapes, exciting wildlife and surprising glimpses of Earth’s icy peaks to mysterious ocean depths. The exhibition will remain on display through October 2016.
Polar Bear Cub, Barents Sea, Norway
By Florian Schulz, Wilhelmsdorf, Germany
© Florian Schulz / Nature's Best Photography Awards. Courtesy of Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.
“During an expedition to document Arctic wildlife, I observed a polar bear family from a small, ice-going vessel. The mother and her cubs were living on pack ice far from land. Incredibly intelligent animals, young polar bears learn quickly through their inquisitive nature. This cub was intrigued by its reflection and was studying it with great interest.”
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