Smithsonian to display award-winning nature photos

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History will soon exhibit some of the world's best nature photography on the National Mall.

The museum says it will show 48 photographs in "Nature's Best Photography: Windland Smith Rice International Awards." The images will be on display March 30 through Jan. 6.

More than 20,000 images from 47 countries were reviewed in the competition named for photographer Windland Smith Rice. It was judged by experts in photography, science and conservation. The photographs were created by professionals, amateurs and youth.

Categories in the competition include animal antics, African wildlife, art in nature, conservation, birds, oceans and plant life, among others.