Windland Smith Rice International Awards Ceremony


“Thomas D. Mangelsen was selected for the CPY Award because he matches passion with commitment and energy with extraordinary talent. His contributions to conservation are clearly measurable and far-reaching. Through his images and the strength of his mission, the Earth and its wild inhabitants will remain in public focus and forever remind us to appreciate and protect our natural heritage.”
~ Steve Freligh, Director of Nature’s Best Photography

Tom traveled to Washington D.C. for the Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards Exhibition at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum on Tuesday, April 24th. Tom received the Conservation Photographer of the Year award for his legendary photography and conservation work.

The photographers, sponsors, and supporters were treated to a reception in the grand rotunda. Over 200 people attended the event. Each of the winners received their award from Cristian Samper, Director of the National Museum of Natural History, and Steve Freligh, Nature’s Best Photography Director. After the awards were presented, everyone gathered upstairs to view the exhibition. Tom enjoyed meeting with fellow photographers and many old friends.

Rise and Shine along with the entire exhibition will be on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History until January 6, 2013. For more information about the Windland Smith Rice International Awards exhibition visit

“The Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards exhibition is one of the ‘Top Ten’ exhibits to see in Washington, DC.” ~ Washingtonian (magazine)n120424SmithsonianAwardSS02