Small world? Think again. Our fourth-annual BigPicture exhibit presents the best nature and conservation photography of the year—and reveals the boundlessness of Earth's beauty.

BigPicture, our award-winning photography competition, zooms in on the world’s most captivating creatures and endangered ecosystems to illustrate the rich diversity of life on Earth—and challenges us to take action to protect it.

As you explore the 48 winning images (selected from nearly 6,000 submissions!), experience the mysterious beauty of our world from some surprising new angles—and picture yourself entering next year’s competition.

Closing soon! BigPicture will be on view in the Academy’s Piazza through October 29, 2017.

Shocking image of elephant feet turned into footstools, by  Britta Jaschinski

2017 Winners

Explore this year’s winning pictures in pixels, and then treat yourself to the eye-popping prints on exhibit at the Academy.

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BigPicture judge Suzi Eszterhas

Meet the Judges

Chaired by world-renowned wildlife photographer Suzi Eszterhas, our esteemed panel of seven judges includes photo luminaries like Larry Minden and James Balog.

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A mantis shrimp mother guards her eggs, by Filippo Borghi

Behind the Lens

Take a closer look at the competition’s winning images in bioGraphic, the Academy's online magazine about science and sustainability and official BigPicture media sponsor.

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A black rhino coated in white dust, by Maroesjka Lavigne

Past Winners

See which images took home top honors from the first three BigPicture competitions.

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