Now in its seventh year, 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. Enter your nature, wildlife and conservation images for a chance to win a share of $12,000 in cash prizes and be exhibited at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.
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.
Birds or flying insects photographed anywhere in the world—in flight, perched, or in action. This category also includes flightless birds such as penguins and ostriches.
Landscapes, Waterscapes & Flora
Captivating images of wild places with a unique perspective, from expansive landscape vistas of forests, deserts, and mountains to the microhabitats 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.
Animals including mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates that spend the majority of their time in water.
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.
Images that depict the efforts of scientists, conservationists, and others working to sustain life on our planet, or the complex relationship between humans and nature. Images should illustrate the impacts of humans on the environment and can be either positive or negative stories.
Biography with up to 1500 characters
Country of residence
1 to 10 images per submission
File type must be JPG
At least 1500px on the long edge
Image date (year)
Wildlife photographer (BigPicture Jury Chair)
Suzi is an award-winning wildlife photographer who is best known for her images of baby animals in the wild. Her photographs have been published in over 100 magazine cover and feature stories around the world. She has ten books in print and another four in progress. Suzi is a very dedicated conservationist and lends her images and expertise to raise funds and awareness for several environmental organizations around the globe.
Shin or Sirachai Arunrugstichai is a photojournalist, who works on marine conservation issues. His work focuses on the marine conservation issues of Southeast Asia region, where he had worked as a freelancer with several conservation organizations. Currently he is working on a long-term project in the sea of Myanmar with collaborating scientists and NGOs to encourage sustainable management of the resources in this rich yet highly threatened water.
Roie Galitz is an award winning wildlife photographer (BBC, National Geographic) and Greenpeace ambassador. For over a decade, he’s explored our planet’s most remote places—from the Arctic to the Antarctic—capturing endangered animals in their natural habitats. His work from those extreme environments is a strong testimony to the struggle of the incredible wildlife he meets throughout his expeditions. Roie harnesses the power of photography to raise awareness to this important issue of climate change, and speaks about it worldwide.
Daisy Gilardini is a conservation photographer who specializes in the polar regions. Originally from Switzerland, she fell in love with Antarctica during her first trip there in 1997. In 21 years of polar exploration, she has joined almost 80 expeditions to Antarctica and the Arctic. Daisy’s images have been published internationally in leading magazines such as National Geographic, BBC Wildlife, Canadian Geographic, Nature’s Best and Outdoor Photography.
Margot Raggett is a former public relations director turned wildlife photographer. In 2014, her life path changed when she saw a poached elephant on a trip to Kenya. From that experience the Remembering Wildlife series (Remembering Elephants, Remembering Rhinos, Remembering Great Apes and Remembering Lions) was created. Over 12,000 books have now been sold and more than $630,000 USD distributed to conservation projects across Africa and Asia.
Communications and photography consultant
Editor of BBC Wildlife Magazine for nearly 10 years, Sophie now works as an independent communications and photography consultant for the UK’s leading conservation charities, improving supporter engagement through the power of visual storytelling. She regularly joins the juries of great photo competitions, from World Press Photo to Mexico’s Por el Planeta. Sophie works closely with photographers to bring their work to wider audiences through exhibitions, books and other media.
Since 1995, Tony has combined his love of visual art with his interest in the marine world through underwater photography. An award-winning photographer, Tony has recently focused on photographing cetaceans and documenting spawning aggregations of fish, and is currently embarking on a quest to document the rich waters of Japan. Tony uses his photographs and writing to encourage others to appreciate and protect the beauty of the oceans.