‘Taking Center Stage’ (Photo: Audun Rikardsen/BigPicture: Natural World Photography Competition) From a marine iguana foraging for algae to the harsh beauty of dry salt beds in Argentina, the highlights of the 2019 BigPicture: Natural World Photography Competition including bizarre and striking images. There’s the male black grouse (above) captured in Norway by Audun Rikardsen, for example, who had set up a blind to photograph a resident golden eagle. One day, the eagle was replaced by the grouse, who quickly got used to the camera and flash. Rikardsen says it was almost as if the proud bird enjoyed being in the spotlight, strutting his gorgeous plumage. Rikardsen’s photo, "Taking Center Stage," was the 2019 Grand Prize winner. Now in its sixth year, the annual competition encourages photographers to submit work that will both illustrate and celebrate "the rich diversity of life on Earth and inspire action to protect and conserve it through the power of imagery." The competition is chaired by award-winning wildlife photographer Suzi Eszterhas . This year there were more than 6,500 entries. These images originally appeared in bioGraphic , an online magazine about science and sustainability and the official media sponsor for the California Academy of Sciences’ […]


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