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Answering the Call of the Wild

(March 2007) posted on Wed Mar 21, 2007

Prestige Graphics helps produce the Nature's Best Photography exhibit.

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By Kacey King

Steve Freligh, owner of Nature’s Best Photography magazine, says he chose the Smithsonian location for the wide-format exhibit because it’s a location he’s always admired: "It reaches millions of people. The Museum of Natural History is one of the most popular natural history museums in the world. And so in order to reach out and communicate and inspire stewardship of nature through the art of photography, we felt the Smithsonian was the best location to work with. The Smithsonian is truly a museum that crosses all areas of language and culture."

But that wasn’t the end of the project, not this year. This time around, the magazine also partnered with the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) to help it commemorate 70 years of conservation action with the federation’s own photography competition-the 2006 National Wildlife Photography Awards. "We were helping them make their own contest and build it into a bigger competition than it’s been in the past," says Freligh, who was involved in managing, judging, and promoting the federation’s competition.

For the NWF competition, approximately 18,000 images were submitted in eight categories focusing on North America-each with a professional and amateur division. In addition to being included in a special section in Nature’s Best winter 2007 issue, the winning NWF images also would be output as wide-format inkjet prints and put on display with the Nature’s Best award winners at the Museum of Natural History.

In all, then, approximately 30,000 images were whittled down to less than 100 award winners by the two groups. Of these, 84-64 for the Nature’s Best awards and 20 for the NWF awards-would be turned into wide-format prints to be displayed at the Smithsonian.

Printing with prestige
McCall has nearly 20 years of hands-on experience in prepress, with an emphasis on color correction and in color management. He and his sister, Michelle McCall-who has experience as a prepress supervisor with R.R. Donnelley & Sons-own Prestige Graphics ( In addition to his work with Nature’s Best, McCall has taken on catalog prepress and proofing work as well as wide-format output and high-end digital photography.