Emerging Photographer Grant

About Our Grantees

We’re excited to announce the two recipients of a new grant for emerging photographers ages 18–25! Our goal with the $2500 grant and mentorship program is to support the work and growth of young photographers with fresh approaches to the themes of conservation, science, and sustainability of the natural world. In the coming months, our grantees will be working to present their perspectives in photographs and media, and complete a short multimedia piece which will be exhibited in future BigPicture exhibits at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.

Lianna Nixon (2021 Grantee)

“I believe that when we humanize science with the arts, especially of a place that not many people know about, the learning about this place can be transformative.”

Lianna Nixon, age 25, is a graduate student in Boulder, Colorado, and the media coordinator for the Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate (MOSAiC) expedition. Her project, “Letters to the Arctic,” will take viewers aboard this arctic expedition where she will investigate the personal stories of the scientists and crew to explore the intersection of identity, science, and the natural world.

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Rishabh Jaggi (2022 Grantee)

“I wish to explore the complex stories of the ecosystem at Pong Dam reservoir and its impact on the associated wildlife species and local communities.”

Rishabh Jaggi, age 24, is a research biologist and passionate nature photographer and filmmaker from Delhi, India. His project, “Conservation and Adaptations of Faunal Species at Pong Dam Lake Wetland,” will use photography to explore the interspecific interactions among species such as the high-flying bar-headed goose, the opportunistic feeder the golden jackal, and the humans who live and fish at this lake that falls within the Central Asian Flyway, located at the foot of the Himalayas.

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