2017
Competiton
Details

Open To All Photographers Worldwide

BigPicture is open to all photography enthusiasts and professionals alike worldwide to compete for a chance to win the $5,000 grand prize. See eligibility restrictions below.

Competition Overview

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.

Entry Fees

Each photographer can enter photos as follows:

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

$15 for 1 Photo Series submission (3–5 images)

Entrants are limited to up to 10 single image submissions per registered email address and may register an unlimited number of email addresses. Payment is made on a secure web page using a major credit card. Entry fees must be completed by the competition deadline (March 15, 2017) to be eligible to win. Images are not entered into the competition, eligible for prizes, or made viewable to judges until the contest fee is paid. Entry fees are used to provide the competition prizes and help the Academy in its mission and are non-refundable.

Competition Period

The BigPicture Photo Competition begins at 12:00 am North American Pacific Standard Time (PST) on January 1, 2017 and closes at 11:59 pm North American Pacific Standard Time (PST) March 15, 2017. Presented by the California Academy of Sciences.

Eligibility

BigPicture is open to all photographers worldwide, except employees, volunteers and Board Members of the Academy (as well as their sponsors) and the immediate families and individuals living in the same household as such employees, volunteers and Board Members. Academy reserves the right to verify, in its sole judgment, entrant eligibility. Void where prohibited.

Image Rights

Entrants retain ownership and all other rights to submitted photographs subject to the following: By entering BigPicture, each entrant grants to the Academy a nonexclusive, irrevocable license to reproduce, publish and display submitted images in all media throughout the world directly in relation to the Competition, including but not limited to use in the context of the Academy website and social media sites, the exhibition of winning images at the Academy, and promotional and marketing materials regarding the Competition and Exhibition for the period of five (5) years. Commercial opportunities regarding an image, will be negotiated with entrants separately.

*Winning images include images designated as grand prize, first place, and finalist images.

Additional Information

Full Rules, Terms and Conditions

2017
Competition
Categories

$12,000 in Cash Prizes to be awarded to the 2017 winners!

The Grand Prize winner will receive $5,000 for the best overall image in the 2017 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 Series category. The Photo Series category will have one First Place awarded.

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, black and white photography, and images created using scientific imaging tools. Artistic effects should not be the result of digital manipulations.

Aquatic 
Life

Animals including mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates that spend the majority of their time in water.

Landscapes,
Waterscapes, 
and Flora

Captivating images of wild places with a unique perspective, from 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.

Winged 
Life

Birds (including penguins) or flying insects photographed anywhere in the world, in flight, perched or in action.

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.

Human/
Nature

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.

2017 Series:
Aerial Photography

A 3-5 image submission with captions. This year’s photo series calls for breathtaking views of Earth’s surface from high above—to give a much bigger picture of our planet. Photo series should provide a unique top-down perspective of natural world environments—and possibly include their inhabitants, as seen by photographers in aircraft, drones, or other methods.