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At the National Museum of Natural History

Prior to winning the Nature Category of the 2007 Windland Smith Rice International Awards (arguably one of the best and most difficult competitions in the World), Rodney had previously already won a number of prestigious awards. Though this would be the beginning of something far greater than he could have ever imagined. To Date: Rodney has a total of three images which are part of the Smithsonian’s permanent collection.



Worldly wonder

Winning and having this masterful image displayed in the Museum puts Rodney in a very small and elite group of artists. To put it into perspective, there were only 14 category winners that year, which drew in over 52,000 images entered by photographers from all over the world and from some 50+ countries. The winners in each category partner with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History who, along with a small selection of images from the Windland Smith Rice International Awards, were chosen to be displayed for literally millions of viewers during the annual exhibition.



The Second Image Selected for the Permanent Archive

September 2014 marked a historic event in Wilderness Preservation.  In 1964, then President Lyndon B. Johnson, enacted the Wilderness Act.  It is one of America's most successful and enduring pieces of conservation legislation and hailed as a triumph for all who enjoy the open landscapes of America.



Swan Lake

To mark the occasion and celebrate this historic milestone the Smithsonian held a juried competition.  Rodney's image "Swan Lake" was selected as the Grand Prize winner from over 5,000 worldwide public entries. Beginning in September 2014 and running through 2015 the image was on display at the "Wilderness Forever" Exhibition in the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian in Washington DC.

Swan Lake marks the second of Rodney’s images to become part of the Smithsonian's permanent collection.



The Third Image Selected for the Permanent Archive

In 2015 Rodney's image "Half Dome at Twilight" was selected as a highly honored winner in the Nature's Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards competition and was available to be seen in the museum during the fall of 2015 thru the fall of 2016. 




Half Dome at Twilight

Has become the third of Rodney’s images to become part of the Smithsonian's permanent collection.


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