Here are the amazing winning and finalists photos of the 2022 BigPicture natural world photography contest. As always, the California Academy of Sciences puts together the event to celebrate Earth’s biodiversity. This year’s big winner, Karine Aigner, took home the top prize for a rare look at the bizarre mating ritual of cactus bees.
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#1 Grand Prize: Bee Balling By Karine Aigner
#2 Aquatic Life, Winner: Sea Lion Fall By David Slater
#3 Aquatic Life, Finalist: Goliath in Lilliput by Tom Shlesinger
#4 Terrestrial Wildlife, Winner: Spider Web by Bence Mate
#5 Terrestrial Wildlife, Finalist: The Stoat’s Game by Jose Grandio
#6 Winged Life, Winner: Frame Within A Frame by Sitaram Raul
#7 Winged Life, Finalist: Hey, Good Lookin’ by Benjamin Olson
#8 Landscapes, Waterscapes, and Flora, Winner: The Hidden Beauty Beneath Our Feet by Tom St. George
#9 Landscapes, Waterscapes, and Flora, Finalist: City of Angels by Silvano Paiola
#10 Art of Nature, Winner: Insect Diversity by Pål Hermansen
#11 Art of Nature, Finalist: Life Vessels by Armand Sarlangue
#12 Human/Nature, Winner: Sickening Delicacy by Bence Mate
#13 Human/Nature, Finalist: Face To Face by Fernando Constantino Martínez Belmar