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Outstanding Entries to the Smithsonian Wilderness Forever Photo Contest

In order to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, which was passed on September 3, 1964, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History has opened “Wilderness Forever: 50 Years of Protecting America’s Wild Places,” a photography exhibition that features juried selections from over 5,000 entries.

These award-winning images reveal a rarely seen side of America: “wild, untouched, and free.” Through the vision of professional, amateur, and student photographers, viewers can journey to gorgeous vistas and the natural environments of the creatures who dwell in this beautiful land.

smithsonian1DeeAnnPederson

HONORABLE MENTION, WILDLIFE, PRO: Dee Ann Pederson (Houston, Texas)
Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes). Denali Wilderness, Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska.

smithsonian2-ThomasHaney

HONORABLE MENTION, PEOPLE IN NATURE, AMATEUR: Thomas Haney (Kooskia, Idaho)
Smokejumpers, Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness in Idaho.

smithsonian3JarrodCastaing

HONORABLE MENTION, SCENIC LANDSCAPE, PRO: Jarrod Castaing (Sydney, NSW, Australia)
Snowy Meadow, Mount Hood Wilderness in Oregon.

smithsonian4DavidBahr

WILDLIFE WINNER, PRO: David Bahr (Nederland, Colorado)
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus). Glacier Bay Wilderness Area in Alaska.

smithsonian5 BillLea

HONORABLE MENTION, SCENIC LANDSCAPE, PRO: Bill Lea (Franklin, North Carolina)
Bald Cypress Dome, Cardinal bromeliads (Tillandsia fasciculata Sw.). Cypress Swamp, Marjory Stoneman Douglas Wilderness in Florida.

smithsonian6 SamuelFeron

HONORABLE MENTION, SCENIC LANDSCAPE, AMATEUR: Samuel Feron (Noisy-le-Sec, France)
Mineral Aurora, Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness in New Mexico.

smithsonian7 WilliamPatino

HONORABLE MENTION, SCENIC LANDSCAPE, PRO: William Patino (Wollongong, NSW, Australia)
Valley of Solace, Yosemite Wilderness in California.

smithsonian8 VerdonTomajko

WILDLIFE WINNER, AMATEUR: Verdon Tomajko (Superior, Colorado)
Mountain Goat Kids (Oreamnos americanus). Mount Evans Wilderness, Colorado.

smithsonian9 RichardAnsley

HONORABLE MENTION, SCENIC LANDSCAPE, AMATEUR: Richard Ansley (Salt Lake City, Utah)
White Pocket, Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness in Arizona.

smithsonian10 JoeLeFevre

MOST INSPIRATIONAL MOMENT, WINNER, PRO: Joe LeFevre (Oswego, New York)
Milky Way over Second Beach, Olympic Wilderness in Washington.

smithsonian11 ThomasGoebel

WINNER, SCENIC LANDSCAPE, STUDENT: Thomas Goebel, age 18 (Jensen Beach, Florida)
Proxy Falls, Three Sisters Wilderness in Oregon

smithsonian12-JennaVanKley

WILDLIFE WINNER, STUDENT: Jenna Van Kley, age 16 (Powell, Ohio)
American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis). Marjory Stoneman Douglas Wilderness in Florida.

smithsonian13 DawnM.LaPointe

WINNER, PEOPLE IN WILDERNESS, AMATEUR: Dawn M. LaPointe (Hermantown, Minnesota)
Sunset Paddle, Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Minnesota

smithsonian14 RichardHebhardt

HONORABLE MENTION, PEOPLE IN NATURE, PRO: Richard Hebhardt (Juneau, Alaska)
Solitary Hiker, Great Sand Dunes Wilderness in Colorado.

smithsonian15 RobertJ.Amoruso

HONORABLE MENTION, WILDLIFE, AMATEUR: Robert Amoruso (Orlando, Florida)
Brown Bear Up Close (Ursus arctos). Katmai Wilderness, Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska.