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BigPicutre Natural World Photography Contest: The Stunning Winners

 Every year, the California Academy of Sciences encourages photographers from all around the world to submit their best work to the BigPicture Natural World Photography Competition. The photography contest aims to highlight the Earth’s biodiversity and celebrate the immense beauty of nature, as well as its struggles. 

This year’s grand prize winner was the photographer Jo-Anne McArthur, whose photograph titled Home Amidst the Ashes depicts an eastern gray kangaroo mother and her baby surrounded by the scorched forest in the aftermath of the Australian bushfire of 2020. This powerful moment is a metaphor for the resilience of the entire country. It reminds us that there is always hope, even in the darkest of times. 

The other winners and finalists are spread across categories like Aquatic Life, Art of Nature, and Winged Life, and they are no less breathtaking and meaningful. Scrolling through them will undoubtedly remind you of how stunning and complex the world we live in really is.

1. “Hope Amidst the Ashes” by Jo-Anne McArthur - Grand Prize WinnerBigPicutre Natural World Photography Contest: The Stunning Winners, “Hope Amidst the Ashes” by Jo-Anne McArthur

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2. “New Kid in School” by Yung-Sen Wu - Aquatic Life WinnerBigPicutre Natural World Photography Contest: The Stunning Winners, “New Kid in School” by Yung-Sen Wu

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3. “Boss” by Michelle Valberg - Terrestrial Life Winner

BigPicutre Natural World Photography Contest: The Stunning Winners, “Boss” by Michelle Valberg

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Related: 15 Winning Images From the World Nature Photography Awards

4. “Beak to Beak” by Shane Kalyn - Winged Life Winner
BigPicutre Natural World Photography Contest: The Stunning Winners, “Beak to Beak” by Shane Kalyn

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5. “Another Planet” by Fran Rubia - Landscapes, Waterscapes, and Flora Winner
BigPicutre Natural World Photography Contest: The Stunning Winners, “Another Planet” by Fran Rubia

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6. “Rain Dance” by Sarang Naik - Art of Nature Winner
BigPicutre Natural World Photography Contest: The Stunning Winners, “Rain Dance” by Sarang Naik

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Related: This Amazing Wildlife Photography Has an Important Cause

7. “Sign of the Tides” by Ralph Pace - Human/Nature Winner
BigPicutre Natural World Photography Contest: The Stunning Winners, “Sign of the Tides” by Ralph Pace

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8. “Ice Bears” by Peter Mather - Photo Story Winner (one of six images)BigPicutre Natural World Photography Contest: The Stunning Winners, “Ice Bears” by Peter Mather

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9. "Why Did The Sloth Cross the Road?" by Andrew Whitworth - Human/ Nature Finalist
BigPicutre Natural World Photography Contest: The Stunning Winners, "Why Did The Sloth Cross the Road?" by Andrew Whitworth 

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Related: The Stunning Winners of the 2020 HIPA Nature Photo Contest

10. "Treasure on Ice" by ‍Marek Jackowski - Aquatic Life Finalist
BigPicutre Natural World Photography Contest: The Stunning Winners, "Treasure on Ice" by ‍Marek Jackowski

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11. “Taking a Load Off” by Nicolas Reusens - Winged Life Finalist
BigPicutre Natural World Photography Contest: The Stunning Winners, “Taking a Load Off” by Nicolas Reusens

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12. "Tree of Life" by ‍Anette Mossbacher - Landscapes, Waterscapes, and Flora FinalistBigPicutre Natural World Photography Contest: The Stunning Winners, "Tree of Life" by ‍Anette Mossbacher

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13. “Nutritional Supplement” by Nick Kanakis - Landscapes, Waterscapes, and Flora FinalistBigPicutre Natural World Photography Contest: The Stunning Winners, “Nutritional Supplement” by Nick Kanakis

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14. "Melting Ice Cap" by ‍Florian Ledoux - Art of NatureFinalist
BigPicutre Natural World Photography Contest: The Stunning Winners, "Melting Ice Cap" by ‍Florian Ledoux 

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To see and learn more about this photo competition, visit the BigPicture Natural Phonography Competition website.

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