BigPicture Competition 2023

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BigPicture contest 2016Divisions:

  • Terrestrial Wildlife
  • Winged Life
  • Landscapes, Waterscapes & Flora
  • Aquatic Life
  • Art of Nature
  • Human / Nature
  • 2022 Photo Story—A Master of Time


  • Grand Prize (1 total): $5,000 cash
  • First Place for each category (7 total, including Photo Story category): $1,000 cash

Image requirements: .jpg or .jpeg format in Adobe RGB; must be 120 dpi; should be a minimum of 1920 px on the long edge and maximum 3000 px. No borders, watermarks or signatures allowed. Winners will need to provide raw file.

Online submission of digital photographs via the website.


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