BigPicture: Natural World Photography
Bee Balling by Karine Aigner (Grand Prize winner)
Sea Lion Fall by David Slater (Aquatic Life winner)
Spider Web by Bence Mate (Terrestrial Wildlife winner)
Frame Within a Frame by Sitaram Raul (Winged Life winner)
The Hidden Beauty Beneath Our Feet by Tom St. George (Landscapes, Waterscapes, and Flora winner)
Insect Diversity by Pål Hermansen (Art of Nature winner)
Sickening Delicacy by Bence Mate (Human/Nature winner)
Coexistence With Predators by Nayan Khanolkar (Photo Story: Taking Action winner)
Science explains our world. Photography illustrates it. BigPicture brings them together.
From the rarely seen riot of a cactus bee mating ball to the somber tableau of a sea lion’s sea-star-studded corpse, each of the winning images in the BigPicture: Natural World Photography exhibition enshrines a fleeting moment that might otherwise escape our attention. Embark on an artistic odyssey that criss-crosses the globe, where the triumphs, tragedies, and textures of our planet’s exquisite, at-risk ecosystems are on dazzling display.
Winners and finalists
This year’s 49 winning photographs were selected from more than 7,000 submissions from 65 countries. Head to the BigPicture website to view the winning images from all seven competition categories, learn about our Women in Wildlife Photography initiative, and subscribe to BigPicture news.
Above: Danger in the Mud by Jens Cullman (Aquatic Life finalist)
Eyes on the prize
Chaired by world-renowned wildlife photographer Suzi Eszterhas, BigPicture's esteemed panel of seven judges includes international photo editor Sophie Stafford and award-winning nature and conservation photographers Jaymi Heimbuch, Gab Mejia, Jamie Rojo, Camille Seaman, and Christian Ziegler.
Visit bioGraphic, the Academy’s online magazine about nature, conservation, and regeneration, for a showcase of 12 winning images paired with captivating context about the science behind the scenes.
Above: The Stoat's Game by Jose Grandio (Terrestrial Wildlife finalist)
Experience the exhibition at home: Wonders, a photography book of more than 100 remarkable images from past BigPicture competitions, is on sale at Chronicle Books and other fine booksellers.
BigPicture: Natural World Photography is open daily. Find it in the Piazza on the Main Floor.