Majestic Shots By The Winners And Finalists Of BigPicture Natural World Photography Show the Mesmerizing Beauty Of The World’s Biodiversity

We frequently post about the majesty of Nature, its incredible biodiversity, and its beauty. Bit very few know that there is an annual competition called BigPicture Natural world photography organized by the California Academy of Sciences that calls on the photographers to submit their best shots of the natural world to highlight the majesty of our nature and the incredible biodiversity of planet earth.

The winner of the 2021 competition was photographer Jo-Anne McArthur who won the prize for her impressively powerful photo “Hope Amidst the Ashes” which portrays a kangaroo standing firm and proud amid the ashes of a burnt forest caused by Australian wildfires. The photo speaks about hope when everything around seems to be going down. It symbolizes the resilience of Nature and its creatures, and tries to show that no matter what happens life still goes on!

We have prepared the most astonishing shots of other finalists and winners too in this article and are so amazed by each photograph that couldn’t help sharing them with our readers too!

Seeing this kind of beauty will hopefully encourage us human beings more to take care of our surrounding world and protect the natural world and its diversity from any kind of threat.

#1. Relying on the power of family, a young langur swings from the tails of its elders. Acrobatic play is thought to be a way to train for life in the treetops.

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#2. Aquatic Life finalist, visited this gray seal colony just as mothers were re-entering the water after pupping season. As she watched, “this seal posed like it was keeping court,” she said, sitting on its imaginary throne of kelp.

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#3. The Salar de Antofalla, an enormous, dried salt lake bed on the high, arid plains of northwestern Argentina. There, photojournalist @chiarasalvadori_ph, 2019 Winner, witnessed a constantly shifting, otherworldly terrain in a landscape “seemed painted by an artist.”

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#4. Encouraging women photographers!

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#5. In this shot by 2020 finalist, king penguins give a slumbering elephant seal a wide berth, but “immediately bunched together and pecked the challenger away” when a fur seal approached.

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#6. A surgeonfish follows a school of trevally to feed upon their calorie-rich droppings. Photographer & 2016 finalist used a strobe flash, slow shutter speed, and a wide aperture to freeze the colorful companion amidst the trevally swirl.

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#7. On this particular night, roughly 413,000 migratory sandhill cranes had bedded down at a migratory stopover point on the Platte River, which is fed by the Ogallala Aquifer.

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#8. Along with the Río Tinto in western Spain, layers of multicolored sediment combine with blood-red water to produce an otherworldly effect.

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#9. Spotting its mate among thousands of equally spaced nests may seem daunting, but this northern gannet knows the route well. Forming monogamous pairs, these birds will raise their young from the same nest for years to come.

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#10. In this aerial view of Iceland, icy streams crisscross a landscape reddened by deposits of volcanic rock particles. The setting reminded Pål Hermansen of a network of blood vessels, so he named the resulting image “Capillaries,” a 2015 Art of Nature Finalist.

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#11. A short-eared owl appears to wrap itself in a big hug, a reminder to care for ourselves during these uncertain times. 2015 Winged Life Finalist spotted this rare wintertime visitor in Kuwait, at Al-Jahra’s man-made wetlands

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#12.  The image highlights more than 1,000 great egrets as they find sanctuary on a dry lake bed temporarily flooded by the Danube’s overflows.

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#13. Three polar bears with bloodstained noses walking the shoreline in front of a pile of whale bones.

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#14. At the end of winter, farmers in West Bengal, India set fire to their fields in order to prepare for new crops. While most creatures flew, the black deontology sticks around to feast on the insects that take the sky amidst the flames.

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#15.  Several meters in front of her, a Kermode bear had plunged its head into a river in search of salmon roe, and she knew what would likely happen next. When the large bear needed a breath, he pulled his head out of the water and shook, sending sparkling droplets of water spiraling around his head.

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