The winning pictures BigPicture Natural World Photography 2017

• Pictures winning BigPicture Natural World Photography 2017

This is the fourth annual photo contest, established by the Academy of Sciences of California. His goal - to show the variety of existing life on our planet and draw people's attention to the need for its preservation. Pictures that you see here, were selected by an expert jury of more than 6000 works submitted by photographers all over the world:

Franco Banfi, "Synchronized sleep", Caribbean

The winning pictures BigPicture Natural World Photography 2017

Alexander Bonnefoy, "The closer, the heat," island of Shodoshima, Japan

The winning pictures BigPicture Natural World Photography 2017

John Cornforth, "Lava Flow 25" Kilauea volcano on the island of Hawaii

The winning pictures BigPicture Natural World Photography 2017

Denise Ippolito, "Snow Globe", New Mexico, USA

The winning pictures BigPicture Natural World Photography 2017

Amy Vital. Chinese Center Officer breeding pandas holding a cub

The winning pictures BigPicture Natural World Photography 2017

Marcio Cabral, "Ecosystem", western Brazil

The winning pictures BigPicture Natural World Photography 2017

Jodi Frediani, "Sea Jewels," the Pacific Ocean near the coast of California

The winning pictures BigPicture Natural World Photography 2017

Ralph Pace, "Gathering at the Revillagigedo Islands", Mexico

The winning pictures BigPicture Natural World Photography 2017

Peter Mather, "Hunters for the salmon", Canada

The winning pictures BigPicture Natural World Photography 2017

Britta Dzhashinski, "confiscated" elephant feet, turned into footrests were seized in Colorado, along with 1, 3 million of other items related to the wild.

The winning pictures BigPicture Natural World Photography 2017

Filippo Borghi "Mother Mantis", Indonesia

The winning pictures BigPicture Natural World Photography 2017

Kallol Mukherjee, "Fearlessness flame", West Bengal

The winning pictures BigPicture Natural World Photography 2017