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BigPicture: Natural World Photography
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The Academy’s seventh-annual BigPicture exhibit showcases the 49 winning images from our highly-acclaimed nature, wildlife, and conservation photography competition.
Winnowed down from a pool of over 6,400 submissions from 65 countries, the photographs on exhibit share a visually immersive story of our planet—from the incredible hardiness of a mountain hare to a fungi fairytale in a Greek forest—and are accompanied by thought-provoking context and illuminating insights from Academy scientists.
Now accepting submissions!
Calling all shutterbugs: The submissions period for this year's BigPicture competition is now open! Enter your best nature, wildlife, and conservation photographs online by March 1, 2021, for a chance to win cash prizes and international exposure.
Meet the judges
Chaired by award-winning wildlife photographer Suzi Eszterhas, BigPicture's esteemed panel of six judges includes luminaries like Roie Galitz, Tony Wu, and Sophie Stafford.
Dive a little deeper
Learn more about the facts and stories behind the photos in bioGraphic, the Academy’s online magazine about science and sustainability.
First: "Hare Ball" by Andy Parkinson
Second: "Sundew" by Edwin Giesbers
Third: "Amplexus" by Mathieu Foulquié
Fourth: “Guardian Warriors” by Ami Vitale
Fifth: "Rain’s Visitors at Dusk" by Agorastos Papatsanis
"Camouflage Between Ferns" by Ruben Perez Novo
“Snowbreak” by Juan Jesús González Ahumada
“Frozen Mobile Home” by Greg Lecoeu