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Windland Smith Rice

Windland Smith Rice American photographer

American photographer
Windland Smith Rice
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Intro American photographer
Was Photographer
From United States of America
Type Arts
Gender female
Birth 1970, United States of America, USA
Death 31 May 2005, Memphis, USA (aged 35 years)
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Sandra Windland "Wendy" Smith Rice (1970–2005) was an American nature and animal photographer.


Rice was the first child of Frederick W. Smith, founder of FedEx. FedEx's first plane in 1973 was named Wendy after her.

She graduated from St. Mary's Episcopal School in Memphis, Tennessee and studied drama at Duke University. She pursued an acting career in Hollywood; she had two minor movie roles and two roles television episodes over a span of about three years.

She was married to Jeffrey Scott Rice, a business executive. They had two sons, Mason Frederick Rice and Alden James Rice.

Rice became a nature photographer, completing commissions for organizations such as Fujifilm, the National Geographic Society, and Nature's Best Photography magazine. Her work won several awards and has been exhibited in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. Nature's Best Photography's annual Windland Smith Rice Awards are named after her. She served on the Nature's Best Photography board and was the Master of Ceremonies Master for Nature's Best Photography Awards events. She was known for her encouragement of other photographers.

Her interest in working with wildlife was exemplified by her membership on the board of the Earthfire Institute, an organization "dedicated to protecting wildlife by creating a bridge between humans, and animals in the wild," by rescuing animals that can no longer live in the wild.

Windland Smith Rice died of Long QT Syndrome Type 2. The Mayo Clinic has opened the Windland Smith Rice Sudden Death Genomics Laboratory to study this and similar diseases.

A portfolio of Rice's nature pictures of Yellowstone are featured in the Memphis Zoo's Teton Trek.

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 02 Jun 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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