The California Academy of Sciences (CAS) had launched a photography competition that will “both celebrate and illustrate the rich diversity of life on Earth and inspire action to protect and conserve it through the power of imagery.” The 2020 BigPicture Natural World Photography competition has finished and its winners have been announced. The Grand Prize winner Andy Parkinson was awarded $5,000 and winners of each of the 7 official categories were awarded $1000. All of the winning photographs will be featured in the annual exhibit at the California Academy of Sciences. Winners also received a certificate of recognition for each category except for the Photo Series category. “The 2020 competition had one of the highest numbers of submissions ever — almost 6,500 images from photographers representing 65 countries,” Rhonda Rubinstein, the co-founder of the BP and creative director at the CAS shared the information. “The Grand Prize winner, Andy Parkinson, spent hours in the sub-arctic cold lying next to his fur-covered subject. And that was really just the tip of the iceberg. He’d spent three years getting to know that individual hare!” Parkinson endured a wind that drove shards of ice into his face while staying collected in the cold taking the photo of the mountain hare. A truly deserved overall photo winner.