Epson today announced it is a global sponsor of the 20th anniversary Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards Exhibition. As the Printer and Paper Partner for the 5,000 square foot print exhibition, Epson’s professional printing technology allows visitors to enjoy 20 years of nature’s finest moments and celebrate the beauty and diversity of nature through the art of photography. The exhibition will showcase the “Best of the Best” award-winning photographs from one of the world’s most prestigious outdoor photography competitions.
Selected over the past 20 years from nearly 500,000 images submitted by photographers from around the globe, this collection brings dramatic landscapes, exciting wildlife behavior, and surprising glimpses of Earth’s soaring peaks to mysterious ocean depths. More than 100 large-format prints along with HD videos will take you on a thrilling journey from the wild to the walls of the Smithsonian.
“Through the Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards exhibitions we witness first-hand the important connection between people, nature, and imagery,” said Awards Director, Steve Freligh. “Within every photograph there is a story to be revealed, an experience to be shared, and a legacy to be left by the photographer for public enjoyment and inspiration. This year’s collection represents the Best of the Best – an intense photo gallery showcasing 20 years of extraordinary images and the stories they tell. This may very well be Epson’s finest work in matching print reproduction with the deep passion from men and women in the field.”
The exhibition opens on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015 on the second floor of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, and will remain on display through September 2016. Organized and produced by Nature’s Best Photography, the images are featured as large format prints ranging in size from 2 feet to over 5 feet, along with an accompanying HD video, in one of the nation’s most visited museums, which welcomes approximately eight million visitors annually.
“We strive to provide photographers with the most advanced printing technologies to enable the creation of quality images for personal use, resale, and display in professional galleries and exhibitions. This gallery ready output not only stands the test of time, but accurately conveys the artist’s intent and preserves the legacy of their vision,” said Larry Kaufman, product manager, Professional Imaging, Epson America Inc. “We are honored to support one of the most visually compelling nature photography competitions in the world, advancing the preservation and enjoyment of nature, for the fourth consecutive year.”
This year’s exhibition prints were created on the new 44-inch wide Epson SureColor® P9000. With the precision of its Epson PrecisionCore® TFP® printhead and performance of the Epson UltraChrome® HDX 10-color ink set, the printer delivers superb photographic prints with an extreme level of clarity, detail and richness of color. Used with Epson Professional Papers, this advanced printing technology produces the richest blacks and smooth tonal transitions for true continuous-tone photographic output.
The Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice Awards exhibition will be viewed by millions of visitors at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. and is open daily, free to the public. This annual photo competition is open to the public and photographers at all levels of expertise – pros, amateurs and youth – are encouraged to submit. For more information, visit NaturesBestPhotography.com. For more information about Epson professional printers, visit proimaging.epson.com.