The winners of the 2018 BigPicture Natural World Photography Competition are as diverse and unique as nature itself. Now in its fifth year, the annual wildlife and conservation competition invited photographers from all over the globe to submit images that celebrate the rich diversity of this planet and all life forms on it.
This year, there were 6,000 submissions from 71 countries, with eight winners and 36 finalists across six single photo categories – Terrestrial Wildlife; Winged Life; Landscapes, Waterscapes, and Flora; Aquatic Life; Art of Nature; and Human/Nature – and the 2018 Photo Series: Time Capsule category.
Cash prizes totaled $12,000 and all the winners will be featured in the annual exhibit at the California Academy of Sciences from July 27 to October 21. The Grand Prize Winner, Tanya Houppermans, whose image, Harmony, reveals the fascinating relationship between tiny and majestic underwater creatures, won $5,000, while the seven winners in each category will be awarded $1,000 each. And, on top of the prize money and the extensive exhibition, the winners and six finalists in the single image categories will be awarded a Certificate of Recognition by BigPicture.