The 49 unforgettable images in the Academy's 10th annual BigPicture exhibition are a love letter to the natural world. Journey to where life is lush, unusual is beautiful, and animals inspire us to be more human.

This exhibit is closed—but the 2024 People's Choice Award polls are open! View the images and cast your vote by July 31.

A black bear emerges from the inky North Carolina night to investigate a well-lit back porch. A kelp plant succumbs to an urchin invasion. An orphaned baby wombat and a veterinary student relish a nose-to-nose nuzzle at a sanctuary outside Melbourne.

Each of the winning images in the BigPicture: Natural World Photography exhibition enshrines a fleeting moment that might otherwise escape our attention. Visit the exhibition at the Academy to embark on a visual odyssey around the world, where the triumphs, tragedies, and textures of our planet are on dazzling display.

“Livin' On The Edge” by Amit Eshel (Terrestrial Wildlife finalist)

Winners and finalists

This year’s winning photographs were selected from more than 7,300 submissions representing 58 countries. Head to the BigPicture website to view the winning images from all seven competition categories, learn about our initiatives, and subscribe to BigPicture news.

Above: “Livin' On The Edge” by Amit Eshel (Terrestrial Wildlife finalist)


Photographer Suzi Eszterhas

Eyes on the prize

Chaired by world-renowned wildlife photographer Suzi Eszterhas, BigPicture's esteemed panel of seven judges includes international photo editor Sophie Stafford and award-winning nature and conservation photographers Diana Caballero Alvarado, Gunjan Menon, Susan Middleton, Cristina Mittermeier, and Ami Vitale.

 “Stunning Cephalopod” by Heng Cai (Aquatic Life finalist)

Get the backstories

Visit bioGraphic, the Academy’s online magazine about nature, conservation, and regeneration, for a showcase of 10 winning images paired with captivating context about the science behind the scenes.

Above: “Stunning Cephalopod” by Heng Cai (Aquatic Life finalist)


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A new BigPicture book!

Curated by BigPicture co-founder Rhonda Rubinstein and with a foreword by Sylvia Earle, Seeing It All: Women Photographers Expose Our Planet is a stunning collection of photography and essays highlighting the work of 11 remarkable female photographers—all award-winners and jurors of BigPicture.

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