People love to take pictures of things that they love, be that the loved ones, animal, nature, you name it. We love to immortalize those moments and hold on to them for as long as we can. Let’s focus on the animal pictures for instance. Did you know that you can submit them at the
BigPicture Natural World Photography Competition and get awarded for your incredible work?
California Academy of Sciences holds this competition annually, since 8 years. Photographers from all over the world submit their images, therefore showing their photography skills. They give their best to be at the right place, in the right time, in order to catch that perfect shot. Although there is a monetary prize to the winner, the competition’s goal is to raise awareness on protecting and conserving our planet.
The artist are invited to send pictures that showcase Earth’s biodiversity. Finally all these images appear on
bioGraphic, an online magazine about science and sustainability and the official media sponsor for the California Academy of Sciences’ BigPicture Natural World Photography Competition.
If you have never heard of this competition, below we made a collection of some of the pics that were submitted. Scroll down below to check them out, and make sure to vote your favorite.
BigPicture | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram 1. Grand Prize
: ‘Hope In A Burned Plantation’ By Jo-Anne Mcarthur, Mallacoota, Australia
Jo-Anne McArthur Iconic Australia is captured in this particular moment as a resilient kangaroo pauses in a burned eucalyptus plantation. Nearly three billion animals perished or were displaced in the cataclysmic Australian bushfires of 2019 and 2020. This eastern grey kangaroo and her joey represent the lucky survivors, escaping from an area that had been transformed by humans for farming and then devastated by fire. 2.
Aquatic Life, Winner: ‘Barracuda’ By Yung-Sen Wu, Koror, Palau
Yung-Sen Wu The photographer swam with this battery of barracuda in the Blue Corner for four days, looking for the perfect angle. At the end of a 50-minute dive on his fifth day, the fish allowed him to swim among them as part of the school and he captured this fisheye view. On the sixth day, he joined the fish without his camera. 3.
Terrestrial Wildlife, Winner: ‘Boss’ By Michelle Valberg, Great Bear Rainforest, Canada
Michelle Valberg This spirit bear, one of only a few hundred white bears in this subspecies of black bears in the coastal rainforests of British Columbia, is known by the name “Boss.” After lowering his head into the river in search of salmon roe, he pulled his head up and shook, droplets spiraling around his head, looked at the photographer for a split second, and then plunged back into the water for his meal. 4.
Winged Life, Winner: ‘Beak To Beak’ By Shane Kalyn, Mount Seymour Provincial Park, Canada
Shane Kalyn After preening each other’s feathers, the ravens took turns inspecting every nook and cranny in each other’s beaks—talking to one another throughout the process. In three winters of observing the gift-sharing, grooming, and singing courtship behaviors of ravens on the mountain, the photographer had never witnessed anything like this. 5.
Landscapes, Waterscapes, And Flora: Winner: ‘Another Planet’ By Fran Rubia, Fjallabak Nature Reserve, Iceland
Fran Rubia What looked to be mountains from the ground turned out to be extinct volcanoes as captured by this drone shot taken on a cloudy day in June, at the time of the midnight sun. The unusual perspective of an inhospitable landscape stained by traces of iron oxide creates an otherworldly atmosphere. 6.
Art Of Nature, Winner: ‘The Goblet Of Fire’ By Sarang Naik, Toplepada, India
Sarang Naik This mushroom, illuminated by a simple flashlight, was one of many fungi growing around the photographer’s house in the countryside. During the monsoon season, the mushrooms released thick, yellow-brown spores throughout the day for almost a month—a common but often ignored phenomenon. 7. Human/Nature, Winner: ‘Sign of the Tides’ by Ralph Pace,
Monterey, United States
Ralph Pace In this perfectly composed photograph, a discarded face mask in the shape of a sea turtle attracts a notoriously curious California sea lion. Shot in November 2020, this was the first time the photographer saw a mask underwater, but unfortunately he has seen many since. The effects of the pandemic will likely linger on our oceans for years to come. 8.
Aquatic Life, Finalist: ‘Facing Reality’ By Amos Nachoum, Pleneau Island, Antarctic Peninsula
Amos Nachoum The young gentoo penguin jumped into the lagoon to play during low tide, and was ambushed by the leopard seal, which had been lying in wait. 9.
Aquatic Life, Finalist: ‘Treasure On Ice’ By marek Jackowski, Svalbard, Norway
Marek Jackowski As the disappearance of sea ice due to climate change becomes more evident, polar bears are rapidly losing their habitat. At dusk, this lucky male settled down on a small iceberg—a refuge for the night. 10.
Terrestrial Wildlife, Finalist: ‘Felis Silvestris’ By Vladimir Cech Jr., Doupov Mountains, Czech Republic
Vladimir Cech Jr. The European wildcat (Felis silvestris silvestris) is rare, elusive, and difficult to photograph. After studying the area for several months, the photographer caught this image with a homemade DSLR camera trap, built in his photo studio in the forest. 11.
Human/Nature, Finalist: ‘Why Did The Sloth Cross The Road?’ By Andrew Whitworth, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica
Andrew Whitworth Getting to the other side of a vehicular road is a challenge, especially for a slow-moving sloth. Due to speed up is the movement to create arboreal bridges for animal crossings in biodiversity hotspots like Osa. Here, amidst stormy conditions, this beautiful moss-covered, three-toed sloth survived. 12.
Aquatic Life, Finalist: ‘Orcas Under The Arctic Sun’ By andy Schmid, Skjervøy, Norway
Andy Schmid Drawn to the fjord in search of herring that shelter from the open ocean each winter, this curious but protective orca mother allowed the photographer to swim nearby during the single hour that the sun shines through the fjord and into the water in mid-November. 13.
Aquatic Life, Finalist: ‘Private Moment Of Milk Feeding’ By mike Korostelev, Indian Ocean
Mike Korostelev A pod of sperm whales tolerated the photographer’s proximity long enough for him to catch one of the mothers nursing her baby, almost at the water’s surface. Not so easy to hold your breath and drink at the same time—for the baby whale, that is. 14.
Landscapes, Waterscapes, And Flora: Finalist: ‘Beautiful Water’ By Kazuaki Koseki, Inawashiro, Japan
Kazuaki Koseki Ten years ago, the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami struck the Pacific coast and triggered the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. The photographer took this photo in Fukushima Prefecture, an inland area now covered with virgin forest. 15.
Winged Life, Finalist: ‘Ropewalker’ By nicolas Reusens, Papallacta, Ecuador
Nicolas Reusens After six days of shooting, the photographer caught a speckled hummingbird balancing on the beak of a sword-billed hummingbird—a behavior that he had not previously seen in ten years of observing hummingbirds. This stunning feat was his most extraordinary photographic moment. Related articles:
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