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Galen Rowell Images Selected for Top 40 Nature Photographs of All Time

Photo (c) Galen RowellTwo photographs by Galen Rowell were recently named a part of the "Top 40 Nature Photographs of All Time" collection by the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP).

Rowell's Split rock and cloud, Eastern Sierra, California and Reflection pond, Denali National Park, Alaska were chosen for the honor alongside photographs from Ansel Adams, Frans Lanting, David Doubilet, Thomas Mangelsen and Jack Dykinga, to name a few.

The Top 40 collection represents a wide range of styles and genres, and spans more than 100 years of photographic history. The images were nominated and chosen by members of iLCP, a fellowship of the world's top professional conservation photographers.

Photo (c) Galen RowellMore than 100 photographers and editors associated with iLCP were asked to submit nominations for images they considered to be "the best," in whatever way they chose to define it. Restricted from self-nomination, the group was encouraged to consider factors such as aesthetics, uniqueness, historical and scientific significance, or contribution to conservation efforts.

Many of the images were up for auction at the inaugural Christie's International "Green Auction: A Bid to Save the Earth" on April 22, with proceeds to be divided between four environmental organizations, which include: Conservation International (CI), Oceana, Natural Resources Defense Council and the Central Park Conservancy.

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