The BigPicture Natural World Photography Competition is presented by the California Academy of Sciences.Photographers must enter each image in one of the below categories:
• Terrestrial Wildlife
Animals photographed anywhere in the world. Images may include land-based mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and non-flying insects whether they live in trees or on land.
• Things With Wings
Birds or flying insects photographed anywhere in the world, in flight, perched or in action.
• Landscapes, Waterscapes & Flora
Captivating images of wild places with a unique perspective, from expansive landscape vistas of forests, deserts and mountains to the micro habitats of plants and other flora. Images may include water environments of oceans, lakes and rivers with images taken above or under water including waves, tide pools and other water scenes.
• Aquatic Life
Marine animals including mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates that spend the majority of their time in water.
• Art of Nature
Abstract expressions of nature and/or science. Life photographed out in nature or under the microscope. Images may include unusual close ups, angles, patterns, motion, or perspectives, and images created using scientific imaging tools. Artistic effects should not be the result of digital manipulations.
Images that depict the efforts of scientists, conservationists, and others working to sustain life on our planet. Images should illustrate the impacts of humans on the environment and can be either positive or negative impact stories.
• 2016 Photo Essay: Coral Reef
A 3-5 image submission with captions. This year’s photo essay theme focuses on one of the greatest ecological challenges of our time: protecting the world’s coral reefs. Photo stories should highlight the exquisite life that coral reefs support, or illustrate our complex relationship with these intricate ecosystems—from restoration to exploitation.
$25 for up to 10 single image submissions in any category
$15 for 1 Photo Essay submission (3-5 images)
The Grand prize winner will receive $5,000 for the best overall image in the 2016 BigPicture Natural World Photography Competition and be featured in the annual exhibit at the California Academy of Sciences.
The first place winners of the seven official categories will each receive $1,000 in cash and also have their winning images featured in the annual exhibit.
Up to 6 additional finalists will be awarded a certificate of recognition for each category, with the exception of the Photo Essay category. The Photo Essay category will have one First Place awarded.