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Rachel Stemen is the manager of Online Integration and Experience at National Wildlife Federation. She focuses on the user experience of NWF's websites and putting up engaging content. Rachel tries to spend as much time exploring nature, science, and photography as she can.
Tricolored heron in the rain

8 Photos Worth The Wait

4/14/2014 // By Rachel Stemen

Good things come to those who wait, and waiting isn’t always easy, especially when taking nature photos.  Photographing the perfect scene sometimes means sitting in foul weather or extreme temperatures, holding a particular position for a long time, or just holding […] Read more >

Child holding cricket

Gifts For Kids Who Love Animals

12/10/2013 // By Rachel Stemen

Many of my close friends have young children now, and though the kids are all different ages (2 – 10), they have one thing in common: they all like animals. So, this holiday season I went searching for gifts that […] Read more >

2013 People's Choice Award Winner

2013 People’s Choice Award Winner

8/12/2013 // By Rachel Stemen

Congratulations to our 2013 People’s Choice Award winner, Jennifer Kohlman, whose photo of a lion received over 2,600 votes in the public voting final round! Also, a big “thank you” to everyone who shared their photos in our 43rd annual […] Read more >

Flamingo

Six Animals That Can’t Believe You Haven’t Voted Yet

8/8/2013 // By Rachel Stemen

Did you know that this is the last week of voting for the People’s Choice Award in the 2013 National Wildlife Photo Contest? These animals can’t believe you haven’t voted yet. …And if you have voted, did you know that […] Read more >

Snorkeler with crocodile

9 “Amazing” Nature Photos

8/1/2013 // By Rachel Stemen

What makes a photo amazing? The animal, the behavior, natural phenomena and even the photographer’s story of snagging that moment can be captivating. For over 40 years, photographers of all skill levels have entered stunning nature photos in the annual […] Read more >

Brown bear

Wildlife’s Summer Vacation Photos

7/18/2013 // By Rachel Stemen

Did you ever write an essay on what you did over summer vacation for class? Or send a post card from your summer trip talking about stuff you did and maybe ending with “Wish you were here”? True, vacation time […] Read more >

Snorkeler comes face to face with a jellyfish. Photo by Bill Lamp'l. 2012 National Wildlife Photo Contest winner.

National Wildlife Photo Contest Category Spotlight: Connecting People With Nature

7/9/2013 // By Rachel Stemen

Connecting people with nature is an important part of our mission here at NWF—and it is also one of the seven categories in our annual National Wildlife Photo Contest. The requirement in this category is to show people interacting with […] Read more >

Brown bear catching salmon

4 Reasons America’s National Parks are Amazing

7/4/2013 // By Rachel Stemen

As we celebrate the 4th of July, thoughts turn to the many things that make the United States of America great. For me, one of those things is the spectacular landscapes, wilderness, and just all around “great outdoors” that we […] Read more >

Yaeda Valley landscape, Tanzania.

Photo of the Day: Yaeda Valley, Tanzania

6/27/2013 // By Rachel Stemen

This Photo of the Day was donated by a participant in the annual National Wildlife Photo Contest. See more photos or sign up for the 43rd Annual National Wildlife Photo Contest. Read more >

Sunset over California valley

Nature Photography: A Fun and Free Outdoor Summer Activity for Kids

6/27/2013 // By Rachel Stemen

Attention, Parents! Summer officially started a week ago and if your kids aren’t already out of school and hanging around the house, they soon will be. Now, we all know that getting the kids outside is better for your sanity. […] Read more >