I received an email that four of my zoo photos have been selected as semi-finalists for the Windland Smith Rice International Awards. The winners of this contest will be displayed at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History! There were 20,000 entries and 650 chosen for the semi-finalist phase of the contest. I’m so excited and pleased to have made it into the semi-finals.

There is a Memphis connection to this competition. Windland (Wendy) Smith Rice was the daughter of Fred Smith, CEO of FedEx. Wendy was a nature photographer, you can see some of her photos at the Memphis Zoo’s Teton Trek exhibit. Tragically she passed away at the age of 35 due a congenital heart condition. She was known for encouraging new photographers and the competition was named after her.

Wish me luck for the finalist phase.

M. Pachis

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