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Wilderness photography show open in Washington

Wilderness photography show open in Washington
4 Sep 2014

Washington is currently home to 'Wilderness Forever: 50 Years of Protecting America’s Wild Places', a special photography show with a focus on the natural world.

The event is taking place at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, where it will be until next summer. The exhibition is marking 50 years of the conservation-focused Wilderness Act in the States.

The show follows the Wilderness Forever photography contest, which received over 5,000 entries.

Designed to celebrate wilderness areas, both amateur and professional snappers were able to submit their work, some did so from the US and some from further afield.

Fifty winning photos are on show as large-format prints. But there's more to see at this event, besides exciting nature snaps.

People can interact with maps on touch-screen devices, take-in stories about how important it is to protect wilderness and see a fossilised Bistahieversor sealeyi skull. This remnant of a tyrannosaur was found on wilderness land.

The Wilderness Act turned 50 on September 3rd, and it put in place the National Wilderness Preservation System for pristine wild land in the US.

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.

You can find the National Museum of Natural History  - the most visited museum in the world about its subject - on Constitution Avenue N.W. and 10th Street in Washington DC.

Last year, it had 8 million visitors, and it boasts a total of 325,000 square feet of public space.

Its collection includes some 127 million specimens and artifacts.ADNFCR-408-ID-801746797-ADNFCR

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