2021 BigPicture Natural World Photography Competition


Published: Sunday, 22 November 2020

Submissions open:
1 December 2020

Submissions close:
1 March 2021

Who may enter 
BigPicture is open to all photographers worldwide

The competition is organised by the California Academy of Sciences.

The annual BigPicture: Natural World Photography Competition encourages photographers from around the world to contribute their work to this photo competition that will both celebrate and illustrate the rich diversity of life on Earth and inspire action to protect and conserve it through the power of imagery. The winning images are exhibited at one of the most prestigious science institutions in the world in San Francisco, California, USA.

The BigPicture Photo Competition has the following categories: Art of NatureAquatic Life | Winged Life | Landscapes, Waterscapes, and Flora | Terrestrial Wildlife | Human/Nature | Photo Story: Out of the Ordinary.

Previous winners

Hare Ball by Andy Parkinson, Grand Prize 2020

Black Grouse Showing Off by Audun Rikardsen, Grand Prize 2019

Harmony by Tanya Houppermans, Grand Prize 2018

Confiscated by Britta Jaschinski, Grand Prize 2017

Camouflage by Maroesjka Lavigne, Grand Prize 2016

Flight of the Egret by Zsolt Kudich, Grand Prize 2015

The Luckiest Penguin by Paul Souders, Grand Prize 2014

Entry fees
$25 for up to 10 single image submissions in any category

The Grand Prize winner will receive $5,000 in cash.
The first place winners of the seven categories will each receive $1,000 in cash.

Competition website
For further information visit the official website.