‘BigPicture Natural World Photography Competition 2021’ Presents Incredible Finalist Images That Showcase Mother Nature on Its Best Habitat

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.

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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.

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16 Isolated Houses For The Solitary Soul – The Perfect Spot for Calmness

Living in a city does have its advantages, but even city-dwellers sometimes prefer to escape to some calm places. They need a life with no noisy neighbors and no daily life battles to let their weary souls re-charge. Each day more, isolated houses are rented out to people who want a peaceful place to rest from all the stress and troubles of the world.

Scroll down below to see such beautiful houses surrounded by beautiful views, which will bring calmness to your tired soul. And don’t forget to vote for your favorite house!

1. Little Red House, Iceland

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2. Arnarstapi, Iceland

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3. Red House In Snowy Norway

Tzvika Stein

4. In The Fields Of Gold, Alberta, Canada


5. Barrier Highway, South Australia

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6. Rice Terraces Of Mu Cang Chai, Vietnam

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7. Saint Cado, France

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8. Magical Home, Poland

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9. A Tiny House In The Meadow, Lithuania


10. Philips, Alberta, Canada

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11. House On The Lake, Iceland

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12. Little House In Wester Ross, Scotland

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13. Applecross Road, Scotland

Paul Byrne

14. House In Tea Plantation, Munnar

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15. Montana, Usa

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16. Loneliest House in the World / Iceland

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