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Deadline: Mar 01, 2021
Winner is: Judged
Entry: Paid Entry
Entry Fee: $25USD for up to 10 single image submissions in any category; $15USD for 1 Photo Series submission (4-6 images)

BigPicture Natural World Photography Competition 2021

BigPicture Natural World Photography Competition 2021

Now in its eighth 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. Awards include $12,000USD in cash prizes with winning images featured in a BigPicture photography exhibit at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.

Competition categories include: Terrestrial Wildlife; Winged Life; Landscapes, Waterscapes, & Flora; Aquatic Life; Art of Nature; Human/Nature; 2021 Photo Story: Out of the Ordinary.

Award-winning wildlife photographer Suzi Eszterhas will chair the competition’s panel of esteemed judges for an eighth year, joined by international photo editor Sophie Stafford, and award-winning nature and conservation photographers Michael Aw, Shem Compion, Claudio Contreras Koob, Inka Cresswell, Jasper Doest, Morgan Heim, and Rathika Ramasamy.

Contest Prize & TERMS

PRIZE DETAILS: $12,000USD in cash prizes to be awarded to the 2021 winners. The Grand Prize winner will receive $5,000USD for the best overall image in the 2021 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 $1,000USD 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 Story category. The Photo Story category will have one First Place awarded. Not eligible to enter? - Find contest where you are.

COPYRIGHT: Entrants retain ownership and all other rights to submitted photographs subject to usage rights. USAGE RIGHTS: By entering the Competition, each Entrant grants to the Academy a non-exclusive, irrevocable license to reproduce, publish, and display submitted images directly relating to the Competition in all media throughout the world in perpetuity. This includes but is not limited to use in the context of the Academy website and social media sites, the exhibition of winning images* at the Academy, and and and all promotional and marketing materials regarding the Competition and Exhibition. In other circumstances, commercial opportunities may exist for awarded photographers to benefit from the use of their images, such as print sales or merchandise. Where such a commercial benefit is likely to arise, permission will be sought in advance and terms and conditions will be agreed upon with the photographer.

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

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