Winners of the Nature’s Best Photography competition
Winners from the Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards will be on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History from March 30 to Jan. 6. See more award-winning photography at www.naturesbestphotography.com .
Winner: Plant life
A Japanese maple in Oregon. Swedish doctor-botanist Carl Thunberg traveled to Japan in the 18th century and named this maple "palmatum" after the hand-like shape of its leaf. Gardeners all over the world grow the Japanese maple for its leaves' shapes, colors and fine texture.
Peter Lik / NBP Awards