BigPicture Natural World Photography Competition 2017

Publish Date: Jan 24, 2017

Deadline: Mar 15, 2017

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

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.


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.


Grand Prize (1 Total):

  • $5,000 Cash
  • BigPicture Award

First Place for each category (7 total, includes Photo Essay category):

  • $1,000 Cash
  • BigPicture Award

Finalists (up to 6 in each category, excludes Photo Essay category):

  • Certificate of recognition

Academy reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value in the event the offered prize is unavailable. No substitution or transfer of prizes permitted except as provided herein. In the event there are not enough eligible entries, not all prizes will be awarded.

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