Report from the Smithsonian

Photo: Ingvald Arne Meland

Since I had one of my images displayed at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington DC, I have recieved several images from the exhibition from friends and family.

My relatives Jake and Monica Jacobsen, who visited the Smithsonian exhibition in May 2011 and had an unknown visitor take their picture in front of my winning entry.

By Christian Skauge   Published: Oct 10, 2011

The image, showing a Clione limacina or sea angel, was chosen as one of the Highly Honoured images in the Nature's Best Windland Smith Rice International Awards in 2010.

It was on display at the Smithsonian from the middle of April through September 2011.

The image above was shot by my friend and fellow underwater photographer Ingvald Arne Meland when he visited the exhibition in Washington, DC a couple weeks ago.

The images below (apart from scans and exhibition invitations) have been emailed me by my relatives Jake and Monica Jacobsen who live not far from Washington.

Jake wrote me the following about their impressions from the exhibition:

Monica and I visited the Smithsonian Institution in downtown Washington, D.C. on May 10 and were able to spend an hour at the international photo exhibition dedicated to nature. The exhibition is housed on the second floor of one of the Smithsonian's numerous buildings and there was a large banner announcing the exhibition and its location for visitors.

The international exhibition of photography, in which Christian's photo is prominently placed, boasts about 100 enlargements mounted on walls and panels.

All the time I was there viewing the astounding photographs I thought how lamentable it is that you could not be there to take in this astonishing display of photographs ranging from sun-lit flamingoes flying in formation with the Chilean mountains in the background, to southern African cheetahs dragging down a helpless prey, to Borneo orangutans suckling young, to polar bears on ice caps attempting to keep alive their young, to a hummingbird facing off against a green snake and of course a Norwegian sea slug.

It is the kind of show where you look at a photo and judge that nothing could be better than this sample.... and they you move on to the next and that seems even better. I was interested to see that in almost all cases the exhibition's photos were taken by either Nikon or Canon equipment.

As you can imagine, many of the visitors were shutterbugs themselves. We met a young man from San Francisco who was carrying an apparently expensive camera and asked him to help us photograph a few scenes from the exhibition for us to send to Christian and family in Norway. He agreed to do so and clicked off a few frames."

Thank you!

I want to thank you all for taking the time to visit the exhibition and for sending me these images and words - it means a lot to me, especially since I was unable to visit it myself. Below are some images from the exhibition, invitations etc.

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