Monday, May 5, 2014

Joe LeFevre, WINNER, MOST INSPIRATIONAL MOMENT, PRO category for "Milky Way over Second Beach"

Congratulations to Joe LeFevre!

Joe won the Most Inspirational Moment category, professional division, in the Wilderness Forever national competition sponsored by Nature's Best Photography, the Smithsonian, and the Wilderness 50 Coalition.  

The image will appear in the spring/summer 2014 edition of Nature's Best Photography magazine, and will be part of an exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC, opening September 3, 2014. It's a celebration of the 50-year anniversary of the Wilderness Act signed September 3, 1964 by President Lyndon Johnson.  Here's a link to the winning images.

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at Olympic Wilderness.

The "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. 

These photos and the stories behind the shots, along with a selection of honorable mention images, will be featured in the 2014 Spring/Summer edition of Nature's Best Photography magazine. To order visit