Beautiful photos focus on the glory of natural world, marking the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the conservation-focused Wilderness Act with an outstanding photo exhibition opened in Washington D.C. on  September 3rd and will run through summer 2015.

“Wilderness Forever: 50 Years of Protecting America’s Wild Places,” conducted by the “Wilderness Forever” photography competition, is created to highlight the importance of having protected wilderness areas.

“Photography delivers immediate and long-lasting impact,” said Steve Freligh, Nature’s Best Photography editor-in-chief and “Wilderness Forever” photo competition judge. “What better way to celebrate the beauty of our natural heritage than through the eyes of the public and their shared experiences in our wilderness areas.”

The photos, which will present at the exhibition, were selected from more than 5,000 entries submitted by professional, amateur and youth photographers from around the world. In addition to the 50 winning photos, the exhibition also features a fossil skull of Bistahieversor sealeyi and a species of tyrannosaur discovered on wilderness lands.

“We’re very excited to share the public’s own visions of America’s beautiful wilderness lands and to educate visitors about the importance of preserving our natural heritage through this remarkable photography exhibition,” said Charles Chen of the National Museum of Natural History.

Moreover, Smithsonian has launched a photo contest and an exhibition website at Wilderness.Smithsonian. Thus, visitors of the website can enjoy all 50 photo finalist and vote for their favorite. The photo with the most votes will be featured daily and monthly.

The Wilderness Act was written by The Wilderness Society’s Howard Zahniser and created the National Wilderness Preservation System. Land covered by the system makes up 109 million acres in total, in 758 wilderness areas, that can be found in 44 different states – as well as Puerto Rico. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the act into law on September 4, 1964.

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