2020 BigPicture Photography Competition Captures The Full Bizarre And Beautiful Spectrum Of Our Planet

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“Shelter In Place” Photo by Andy Parkinson – Grand Prize Winner

From the siren-like carnivorous plants of The Netherlands to Botswana’s huddling hippos, the 2020 Big Picture Natural World Photography Competition captures the full bizarre and beautiful spectrum of our home planet by distilling each peculiar moment into a single photographic frame.

“The competition’s winning images and finalists highlight Earth’s biodiversity and illustrate the many threats that our planet faces,” writes bioGraphic, the California Academy of Sciences’ online magazine, and sponsor of the competition. “Each photo, in its own way, inspires viewers to protect and conserve the remarkable diversity of life on Earth.”

Hold On Tight by Mathieu Foulquié, Aquatic Life Finalist

Mathieu Foulquié

Guardians of the Giraffes by Ami Vitale, Photo Story Winner

Ami Vitale

Shelter in Place by Andy Parkinson, Grand Prize Winner

Andy Parkinson

Mushroom Magic by Agorastos Papatsanis, Landscapes, Waterscapes, and Flora Finalist

Agorastos Papatsanis

Pond Skim by Piotr Naskrecki, Winged Life Winner

Piotr Naskrecki

Speed and Strategy by Yi Lu, Terrestrial Wildlife Winner

Yi Lu

A Sticky Situation by Edwin Giesbers, Landscapes, Waterscapes, and Flora Winner

Edwin Giesbers

Hippo Huddle by Talib Almarri, Terrestrial Wildlife Finalist

Talib Almarri

A River Gone Awry by Juan Jesús González Ahumada, Art of Nature Winner

Juan Jesús González Ahumada

The Cost of Cats by Jak Wonderly, Human/Nature Winner

Jak Wonderly

Sneak Attack by Gunther De Bruyne, Art of Nature Winner

Gunther De Bruyne