2016 BigPicture Natural World Photography Competition

BigPicture encourages photographers from around the world to contribute their work to this 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. Chaired by award-winning conservation photographer Suzi Eszterhas, this competition welcomes high-quality nature, wildlife and conservation images and is open to all photographers around the world. Enter your nature, wildlife and conservation images for a chance to win cash prizes and be exhibited at the California Academy of Sciences.


BigPicture is open to all photography enthusiasts and professionals alike worldwide.


Terrestrial Wildlife

Things With Wings

Landscapes, Waterscapes & Flora

Aquatic Life

Art of Nature


2016 Photo Essay: Coral Reef (A 3-5 image submission with captions)

Entry Fees:

Each photographer can enter photos as follows:

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

$15 for 1 Photo Essay submission (3-5 images)

There are no limits to the number of times you may enter the competition. Entrants are limited to up to 10 single image submissions per registered email address and may register an unlimited number of email addresses.

Image Specifications:

Images must be submitted as JPEGS, saved at the highest quality setting in SRGB and must be at least 1920 pixels on the longest dimension. No borderd, watermarks or signatures allowed.

Competition Period:

The BigPicture Photo Competition begins at 12:00 am North American Pacific Standard Time (PST) on January 1, 2016 and closes at 11:59 pm North American Pacific Standard Time (PST) March 31, 2016.

Prizes and Exhibit:

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.

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