The profound depth of the natural world—in just two dimensions. This year’s BigPicture photography exhibit transports us to where life is wild, beauty is bizarre, and animals inspire us to be a little more human.

The Academy’s fifth-annual BigPicture exhibit is a dazzling display of the winning images from our celebrated wildlife and conservation photography competition.

Winnowed down from a pool of nearly 6,000 submissions from 71 countries, the 48 photographs capture incredible moments under the sea, in the air, and everywhere in between, and feature thought-provoking context and illuminating insights from Academy scientists.

This exhibit was on view from July 27 – October 21, 2018.

Red fish looks shocked with a parasitic copepod attached to its head

Enter the 2019 Competition

Photographers, charge your batteries: 2019's BigPicture Photo Competition begins on December 1, 2018! 

Humpback whale calf appears to be smiling as it frolics in a curtain of bubbles

2018 Winners

Get lost in a gallery of the year’s winning photographs, meet the artists behind the images, and sign up for BigPicture news so you can get a jump on next year's competition.

Astronaut Scott Kelly in his spacesuit

Meet the Judges

Chaired by world-renowned wildlife photographer Suzi Eszterhas, BigPicture's panel of seven judges includes photo luminaries like Sandesh Kadur, Kathy Moran, and astronaut/photographer Scott Kelly.

Hardback copies of Wonders on sale at the Academy Store

The BigPicture Book

From the Academy to your coffee table. Wonders, a new photography book of more than 100 BigPicture images and featuring a foreword by Dr. Sylvia Earle, is now on sale at the Academy Store.