These Breathtaking Pictures Won The Smithsonian's 'Nature's Best Photography' Contest


Masai giraffe at Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

Andy Rouse / Nature's Best Photography Awards



Home to some of the most incredible nature photography in the world, the Smithsonian's Natural History Museum has just announced the winners from their "Nature's Best Photography" competition.

We've put 10 of our favorite images on display here. Large format versions of these - plus 50 more - will be on display at the museum through April 20, 2015.

These photos were chosen from more than 20,000 entries submitted from more than 50 countries.

They show mountaintops at dawn as well as life under the sea and in the most extreme environments on the planet.