An Annual Exhibit and Competition to Inspire Protection of Life on Earth
BigPicture—the Academy’s first major photography exhibit—illustrates, and celebrates, the incredible diversity of life on Earth through 45 stunning works from professional-level nature and conservation photographers. Representing 12 different countries, images were chosen from among more than 6,300 entries in our BigPicture Natural World Photography Competition, and judged by a panel of some of the most highly esteemed nature photographers and photo editors in the world.
To move BigPicture beyond a conventional gallery show, perspectives from Academy scientists were woven into the exhibit’s design, offering scientific insight into the striking moments captured by photographers—and how vital such powerful images are to efforts to protect our planet.
"Visual storytelling is critical in explaining science and conservation issues to the public in a compelling and impactful way, particularly to children," says Dr. Meg Lowman, the Academy’s Chief of Science and Sustainability. "Each of these photos tells an amazing story."
Meet our winners and judges on the two sections that follow, and browse through some of the incredible runner-up images in the pool below. Competition prizes include more than $20,000 in cash and photography equipment provided by BorrowLenses.com.