'Nature's Best Photography' exhibition comes to Roberson Museum and Science Center

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - Roberson Museum and Science Center has scored a coup, landing an exhibition that you'd typically need to drive to Washington DC to see.

Nature's Best Photography opens Friday at Roberson.

It has 50 award-winning wildlife photos from the collection that is permanently housed at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.

Nature's Best began as a contest in 1995 and went on display at the Smithsonian in 1998.

Its President and CEO, Steve Freligh, says its goal is to promote conservation.

"What we're looking for is the 'A-ha' moment.  When young and old and in-between see an image and it makes a difference. You walk away from the exhibit with a feeling of inspiration, of celebration. And maybe you want to get more involved in your own community," he said.

The exhibition was made possible by a bequest from the Robert Ford Schumann foundation.

The former Binghamton-area auto dealer and naturalist left $250,000 to Roberson that is being used for Nature's Best and a new semi-permanent exhibit titled Nature Trek that will open in the Fall.

"This exhibition and the one that we're opening downstairs, opens a new chapter for Roberson and really provides a great gift for generations to come," said Roberson Director Terry McDonald.

The current Nature's Best show will be up until June, to then be followed by subsequent exhibitions of different photos from the collection next year and the year after.

Roberson is the only gallery, besides the Smithsonian, to display the exhibit in North America.

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