2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest has come to an end, but before the judges pick the winners, let's take a look at the best entries ourselves.


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This year, photographers from around the world were competing in four categories: Landscape, Environmental Issues, Action, and Animal Portraits. "The four categories of this year’s contest will give photographers a chance to capture the complexity and beauty found in the world around us," remarked Sarah Polger, senior producer for National Geographic Travel and manager of National Geographic photo contests. "We anticipate compelling and revealing images."

The photographers are competing for a grand prize consisting of a 10-day trip for two to the Galápagos with National Geographic Expeditions, and an incredible chance for two 15-minute portfolio reviews with National Geographic photo editors.

Who'd you give the grand prize to? Shout out in the comments below!

More info: National Geographic (h/t: mymodernmet)

#1 Hummingbird

"A baby humming bird found his way into my home. He was a bit stunned so I let him recoup on our front porch. While waiting for his nectar to cool I captured a few images of him as he came back to his own."

Hummingbird

Emily Riley Report

Misaki Chan 3 weeks ago

Before reading the title, I thought it was a picture of a scaled pencil with a long and sharp lead. Exquisite!

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#2 Dancing In The Rain

"Fox caught in action under the rain"

Dancing In The Rain

Vladislav Kamenski Report

#3 Bathing In The Snow Flake

"The fox was bathing in the snow flake."

Bathing In The Snow Flake

Hiroki Inoue Report

Abigail Maute 3 weeks ago

this is so cute.

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#4 Pacific Storm

A colossal Cumulonimbus flashes over the Pacific Ocean as we circle around it at 37000 feet en route to South America

Pacific Storm

Santiago Borja Report

Debs 3 weeks ago

Fantastic photo and an image rarely seen..

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#5 Moving At A Snail's Pace...

"While enjoying the sights of Chicago's Garfield Conservatory found this unlikely traveler taking a closer look at this Bromeliad. Sometimes you have to slow down to appreciate the tiny wonders right in front of you!"

Moving At A Snail's Pace...

Samira Qadir Report

Anca Munteanu 3 weeks ago

Looks like a fairy tale!

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#6 Icescape

Icescape

Kelly King Report

Maggie Bathory 3 weeks ago

I am utterly speechless. Absolutely breathtaking.

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#7 Puffin Studio

"This image was taken last summer on Skomer Island, Wales. It is well known for its wildlife, the puffin colony is one of the largest in U.K.The photo shows a detail or study of an Atlantic puffin resting peacefully under the rain. As Skomer is inhabited, puffins do not feel afraid of humans, and so people can be close to puffins and the photographer can think about the right composition... Read More

"This image was taken last summer on Skomer Island, Wales. It is well known for its wildlife, the puffin colony is one of the largest in U.K.The photo shows a detail or study of an Atlantic puffin resting peacefully under the rain. As Skomer is inhabited, puffins do not feel afraid of humans, and so people can be close to puffins and the photographer can think about the right composition and take this kind of intimate portraits. Also that morning the conditions came together: rain and light."

Puffin Studio

Mario Suarez Porras Report

Susan Buckley 3 weeks ago

He's so Game of Thrones.

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#8 Under The Waves

"Waves of fog roll over a neighborhood in Mill Valley, California, as seen from the top of Mount Tamalpais."

Under The Waves

Christopher Markisz Report

Ruzhica 3 weeks ago

This is my favourite 😍 I admire to this photo.

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#9 Mystic Woods

Mystic Woods

Andrew George Report

Liam Jeremiah 3 weeks ago

Those are spider webs

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#10 Ocean Guest

"Every autumn walruses swim to this rookery place in the North of Russia (Chukotka, Vankarem cape). One day, walking along the beach away from the rookery, I came across a lone walrus, who was sleeping on the shore, its tusks sticked in the sand. I carefully crept up to it and photographed it with a wide-angle lens. At some point it woke up and noticed me."

Ocean Guest

Mike Korostelev Report

Charlie Hilliard 3 weeks ago

Amazing

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#11 Dragging You Deep Into The Woods !

"A morning stroll into the blissful forest ! Ceaseless drizzles dampening the woods for 12 hours a day; The serene gloom which kept me guessing if it was a night or a day. Heavy fog, chilling breeze and the perennial silence could calm roaring sprits; And there I spotted this 20cm beauty the Green vine snake ! I wondered if i needed more reasons to capture this with the habitat;... Read More

"A morning stroll into the blissful forest ! Ceaseless drizzles dampening the woods for 12 hours a day; The serene gloom which kept me guessing if it was a night or a day. Heavy fog, chilling breeze and the perennial silence could calm roaring sprits; And there I spotted this 20cm beauty the Green vine snake ! I wondered if i needed more reasons to capture this with the habitat; For I was blessed to see this at the place I was at. I immediately switched from the macro to the wide angle lens."

Dragging You Deep Into The Woods !

varun aditya Report

Misaki Chan 3 weeks ago

I don't normally like pictures of snakes, but this is striking.

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#12 Crocodile Waterline

"An American Crocodile on the surface in Gardens of the Queen, Cuba."

Crocodile Waterline

Brett Lobwein Report

#13 Alien Lights

Alien Lights

Russell Wiltshire Report

Shinomi Chan 3 weeks ago

Wow.. It's like something straight out of a dream.

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#14 Great Horned Owl Returning

"This Great horned Owl is returning to her nest in an urban area near the busy Citrus county sheriffs office where the county deputies come and go pretty much on a regular basis. As well as it be near the highway leading to the high school campus."

Great Horned Owl Returning

Robert Strickland Report

Maggie Bathory 3 weeks ago

Majestic beauty.

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#15 Engagement Present

"Kingfisher ( Alcedo athis) male with an engagement present for the female."

Engagement Present

Andrés Miguel Domínguez Report

Tawni Halfon 3 weeks ago

Aww congratulations to the happy couple 😁😁

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#16 Aerial Autumn

"Aerial view of Fall colors, New Hampshire (09/10/2016)"

Aerial Autumn

Manish Mamtani Report

Liv❤ 3 weeks ago

LOVE pictures like these

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#17 A Portrait Of "Trapper"

"Trapper...she is a Great Horned Owl that has recently been fighting cancer of her eye lids (squamous cell carcinoma), but that doesn't stop her in any way.Trapper gets her name being used as a decoy to attract Swallow Tail Kites, where the research team will catch the kite and fit with telemetry and gain lots of helpful information about kites and their migration. But that's not her only trait. Trapper... Read More

"Trapper...she is a Great Horned Owl that has recently been fighting cancer of her eye lids (squamous cell carcinoma), but that doesn't stop her in any way.Trapper gets her name being used as a decoy to attract Swallow Tail Kites, where the research team will catch the kite and fit with telemetry and gain lots of helpful information about kites and their migration. But that's not her only trait. Trapper also serves as a foster mother for orphaned Great Horned Owlets at Avian Recondition Center."

A Portrait Of "Trapper"

Graham McGeorge Report

alumania 3 weeks ago

that looks like a typical Monday morning selfie without coffee before work :)

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#18 Wild Horses

"Taking place every year across Galicia, Rapa das Bestas, or "Shearing of the Beasts," involves cutting the manes of semi-feral horses that live in the mountains. Horses are rounded up into enclosures called curros, foals are branded and the adults groomed before being freed. The best known is the Rapa das Bestas of Sabucedo, which occurs on the first weekend in July."

Wild Horses

Javier Arcenillas Report

Rosemary Savage 3 weeks ago

Look again Kat McDonald. Beautiful wild creatures disfigured by man. The clipped ears, the veins standing out on the dark horse's neck as it bites the other horse's neck, distress in it's eyes as the herd are crushed together not understanding what is being done to them. A portrait both beautiful but horrific.

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#19 Sandstorm

"As I was photographing this young grey seal, we both got caught up in a sandstorm."

Sandstorm

Eugene Kitsios Report

Just a Purpler 3 weeks ago

...but why is there a seal in the desert... ???

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#20 Hair Lines Of Zebra

"Hair lines of zebra"

Hair Lines Of Zebra

Yu huiping Report