“Aerial America” Smithsonian Channel on Sept. 7, 2014
[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he “Wilderness Forever” Exhibition will open on September 3rd, 2014, at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. The images to be displayed were chosen from the past year’s photo competition where more than 5,000 submissions were reviewed, judged, and selected by professionals in the fields of photography, science, and conservation.
Here, we present the Grand Prize and the winners from the “Wilderness Forever” juried competition’s four categories: Most Inspirational Moment, People in Wilderness, Scenic Landscapes, and Wildlife. Each category has an Amateur, Pro, and Student winner. A complete list of honorable mentions in the exhibition of about 50 images will be announced soon.
Signed into law in 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson, the Wilderness Act was a triumph for all who enjoy the open landscapes of America and the natural heritage they represent. Today, more than 100 million acres are protected by the National Wilderness Preservation System to ensure these areas remain ecologically sound and environmentally pristine for future generations. This year, the Wilderness Act will reach its Golden Anniversary.
In tribute to this milestone, Wilderness50—a coalition of government agencies, nonprofit groups, foundations, and other supporters—have joined together with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and the Nature’s Best Photography Fund to celebrate the 50-year mark through this historic, educational display.
“Wilderness Forever” SPONSORS AND AFFILIATES:
U.S. Bureau of Land Management ● U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ● U.S. Forest Service ● U.S. National Park Service
ORGANIZATIONS AND FOUNDATIONS:
Back Country Horsemen of America ● Great Old Broads for Wilderness ● The Pew Charitable Trusts ● The Sierra Club ● Smithsonian Institution ● Society for Wilderness Stewardship ● The Wilderness Land Trust ● The Wilderness Society ● Epson America