BigPicture: Natural World Photography
The Academy’s sixth-annual BigPicture exhibit showcases the 50 winning images from our world-renowned nature, wildlife, and conservation photography competition.
Winnowed down from a pool of over 6,500 submissions from 67 countries, the photographs on exhibit tell a captivating visual story about our planet—from the pastel serenity of an Argentine salt flat to the poignant embrace between an orphaned gorilla and her human caretaker—and are accompanied by thought-provoking context and illuminating insights from Academy scientists.
Open July 26–October 20, 2019
Slideshow photo credits First photo: "Taking Center Stage" by Audun Rikardsen; second photo: "Bohemian Skirt" by Jinggong Zhang; third photo: "Clouds of Salt" by Chiara Salvadori; fourth photo: "The Human Touch" by James Gifford; fifth photo: "Losing Wings" by Piotr Naskrecki
View the winning images
Browse a gallery of 2019's winning photographs, get to know the photographers behind the images, and sign up for BigPicture news so you can get a jump on next year's competition.
Meet the judges
Chaired by celebrated wildlife photographer Suzi Eszterhas, BigPicture's panel of seven judges includes photo luminaries like Cristina Mittermeier, Lewis Blackwell, and Sophie Stafford.
See the bigger picture
Get the facts behind the photos in bioGraphic, the Academy’s online magazine about science and sustainability.
Photo credit: "Boneyard Waltz" by Daniel Dietrich