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Incredible Winners of the BigPicture Natural World Photo Contest 2019

Big Picture Natural World Photo Contest
“Taking Center Stage” by Audun Rikardsen, Grand Prize Winner.

Over 6,500 photo submissions were judged by an esteemed panel of experts for the California Academy of Science’s BigPicture Natural World Photography Competition.

Photographers from 67 countries put forward their most captivating images of wildlife; but in the end, it was Norwegian photographer Audun Rikardsen who took home the grand prize.

The award-winning photographer, who is also a professor of marine biology, won the competition with a stunning photograph of a black grouse perched high above the Norwegian coastline.

The image not only demonstrates Rikardsen’s technical skill, but also his tenacity, as he returned to the area innumerable times in order to capture the perfect shot of the bird on its perch. Taking center stage in the photo, the grouse’s comfort level with Rikardsen makes the work all the more incredible.

Big Picture Natural World Photo Contest
“Sea Dragon” by Pier Mané, Aquatic Life Winner.
Big Picture Natural World Photo Contest
“The Human Touch” by James Gifford, Human/Nature Winner.
Big Picture Natural World Photo Contest
“Clouds of Salt” by Chiara Salvadori, Art of Nature Winner.
Big Picture Natural World Photo Contest
“Boneyard Waltz” by Daniel Dietrich, Terrestrial Wildlife Finalist.
Big Picture Natural World Photo Contest
“Curiosity” by Mikhail Korostelev, Terrestrial Wildlife Winner.
Big Picture Natural World Photo Contest
“Resilience” by Julie Fletcher, Terrestrial Wildlife Finalist.
Big Picture Natural World Photo Contest
“Traveling to the Edge” by Buddy Eleazer, Terrestrial Wildlife Finalist.
Big Picture Natural World Photo Contest
“Duality” by Armand Sarlangue, Landscapes, Waterscapes, and Flora Winner.
Big Picture Natural World Photo Contest
“Taking Center Stage” by Audun Rikardsen, Grand Prize Winner.
Big Picture Natural World Photo Contest
“Bohemian Skirt” by Jinggong Zhang, Aquatic Life Finalist.