The BigPicture Photo Contest, sponsored by the California Academy of Sciences, highlights the planet’s amazing biodiversity. It has existed since 2021 and its laureates help to look at the life of birds, animals, and insects from a different angle with their works. This year’s iteration is dedicated to the risk that the climate crisis poses to the ecosystem and creatures so deftly captured by the lenses of authors from different countries.
The jury, chaired by wildlife photographer Suzy Esterhas, included esteemed nature photographers, writers and photo editors – Jamie Heimbuch (USA), Gab Mejia (Philippines), Jaime Rojo (Mexico), Camille Siman (Ireland), Sophie Stafford (UK) and Christian Ziegler (Germany).
A dancing ermine, frozen in an extravagant pose, by Jose Grandío was one of a dozen BigPicture Natural World Photography 2022 winners. Another winner, Karine Aigner‘s “Bee Ball” photo, was taken in Texas. She recorded a rare moment when diadasia rinconis (cactus bees) swarm together in what is known as a “nuptial ball”. Sitaram May spent almost three weeks studying the habits of bats and finally when the moment was right, he took a beautiful shot near a fruit tree.
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