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.

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

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."

Emily Riley Report

Little letitia
Community Member
4 years ago

What a beautiful picture!

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#2

Dancing In The Rain

Dancing In The Rain

"Fox caught in action under the rain"

Vladislav Kamenski Report

Daria B
Community Member
4 years ago

Cosmos fox.

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#3

Bathing In The Snow Flake

Bathing In The Snow Flake

"The fox was bathing in the snow flake."

Hiroki Inoue Report

Abigail Maute
Community Member
4 years ago

this is so cute.

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#4

Pacific Storm

Pacific Storm

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

Santiago Borja Report

Kathy Aldred
Community Member
4 years ago

Breathtaking!

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#5

Moving At A Snail's Pace...

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!"

Samira Qadir Report

Anca Munteanu
Community Member
4 years ago

Looks like a fairy tale!

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#6

Icescape

Icescape

Kelly King Report

Gillian Concannon
Community Member
4 years ago

Clever

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#7

Puffin Studio

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 and take this kind of intimate portraits. Also that morning the conditions came together: rain and light."

Mario Suarez Porras Report

Ariel Carmen
Community Member
4 years ago

This one is my favorite

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#8

Under The Waves

Under The Waves

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

Christopher Markisz Report

Ruzhica
Community Member
4 years ago

This is my favourite 😍 I admire to this photo.

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#9

Mystic Woods

Mystic Woods

Andrew George Report

Anca Munteanu
Community Member
4 years ago

Avatar

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#10

Ocean Guest

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."

Mike Korostelev Report

Olga Vol
Community Member
4 years ago

You can just feel the power

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#11

Dragging You Deep Into The Woods !

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; For I was blessed to see this at the place I was at. I immediately switched from the macro to the wide angle lens."

varun aditya Report

Misaki Chan
Community Member
4 years ago

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

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#12

Crocodile Waterline

Crocodile Waterline

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

Brett Lobwein Report

Charlie Hilliard
Community Member
4 years ago

Once in a life time photos...awesome

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#13

Alien Lights

Alien Lights

Russell Wiltshire Report

Shinomi Chan
Community Member
4 years ago

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

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#14

Great Horned Owl Returning

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."

Robert Strickland Report

Soka Nitha
Community Member
4 years ago

what would the owl look like if the wing were photos hoped out?

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#15

Engagement Present

Engagement Present

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

Andrés Miguel Domínguez Report

Geneviève Gauthier
Community Member
4 years ago

I would have give the number one to this one.

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#16

Aerial Autumn

Aerial Autumn

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

Manish Mamtani Report

Anca Munteanu
Community Member
4 years ago

Miracle of Mother Nature

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#17

A Portrait Of "Trapper"

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 also serves as a foster mother for orphaned Great Horned Owlets at Avian Recondition Center."

Graham McGeorge Report

Ginger Chastain-Konerman
Community Member
4 years ago

She's gorgeous#

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#18

Wild Horses

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."

Javier Arcenillas Report

Charlie Hilliard
Community Member
4 years ago

What a shot

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#19

Sandstorm

Sandstorm

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

Eugene Kitsios Report

khev 1011
Community Member
4 years ago

Is that a bunny ?

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#20

Hair Lines Of Zebra

Hair Lines Of Zebra

"Hair lines of zebra"

Yu huiping Report

Geneviève Gauthier
Community Member
4 years ago

This is amazing.

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#21

Phantom Spring

Phantom Spring

Comyu Matsuoka Report

Shinomi Chan
Community Member
4 years ago

Sakura Trees?

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#22

Confrontation

Confrontation

"A White-tailed eagle swoops in on a Hokkaido red fox to set it straight for stealing a fish. This confrontation happened out on frozen Lake Fuhren in Hokkaido, Japan. The fox escaped with the fish."

Karen Prisby Report

Marian Stokes
Community Member
4 years ago

Spectacular photos!

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#23

Aladdin's Cave

Aladdin's Cave

Denis Budkov Report

Kera Carpenter
Community Member
4 years ago

This reminds me of the movie Brother Bear!

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#24

Great Egret Against The Setting Sun

Great Egret Against The Setting Sun

Arun P. Report

Vera de Veyra
Community Member
4 years ago

gorgeous!!

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#25

Stare Into My Eyes

Stare Into My Eyes

Octoyura Bamahry Report

Sofia Bellavista
Community Member
4 years ago

To be honest this shot is really ordinary. Whenever there's a peacock and a camera there's a frontal photo

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#26

Fire Dancer

Fire Dancer

Brina Bunt Report

Caroline Murphy
Community Member
4 years ago

That is very cool!

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#27

The Frozen Pond With Snow

The Frozen Pond With Snow

Kent Shiraishi Report

Sreejith Embranthiri.C.V
Community Member
4 years ago

that is some weird rain ;-)

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#28

Crocodile Tears

Crocodile Tears

Harry Lyndon-Skeggs Report

Anika Idczak
Community Member
4 years ago

❤️

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#29

Under The Milky Way

Under The Milky Way

Ignacio Carrera Report

Vera de Veyra
Community Member
4 years ago

beautiful starry night... 😍

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#30

Ufo Formation

Ufo Formation

Takashi Report

Simone Baker
Community Member
4 years ago

Where is this

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#31

From The Shadows

From The Shadows

Harry Lyndon-Skeggs Report

Sreejith Embranthiri.C.V
Community Member
4 years ago

It thinks: "Oh.... another one with a camera...."

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#32

Larger Than Life

Larger Than Life

Alex Wiles Report

Vera de Veyra
Community Member
4 years ago

awww that's the grasshopper from a storybook! 😁

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#33

Proud Momma

Proud Momma

Michael O'Neill Report

Hilarious
Community Member
4 years ago

Peacock bass! One of my son's favorite fish to catch!

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#34

Covered With Mist

Covered With Mist

pradeep raja Report

Rana Giani
Community Member
4 years ago

Punthuk Setumbu!

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#35

Diving

Diving

felipe foncueva Report

Vera de Veyra
Community Member
4 years ago

lucky shot! ☺

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#36

Tequilla Sunset

Tequilla Sunset

Zhayynn James Report

Monta Berke
Community Member
4 years ago

that title! :D

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#37

Long Shadows

Long Shadows

Jassen T. Report

Sreejith Embranthiri.C.V
Community Member
4 years ago

You can see natural sculptures !!!

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#38

Huge Scale Of Bats Hibernation

Huge Scale Of Bats Hibernation

Kei Nomiyama Report

Monta Berke
Community Member
4 years ago

find Waldo!

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#39

The Zebra And The Oxpecker

The Zebra And The Oxpecker

YARON SCHMID Report

#40

The Glacier Pattern

The Glacier Pattern

Takashi Tsuneizumi Report

#41

Never Bother Dad When He's Sleeping

Never Bother Dad When He's Sleeping

"During our trip to Botswana, we came across two lionesses and their six cubs, resting under a bush during mid-day. This male lion came along to visit the den. The females were very wary at first. We were told that a male lion will kill cubs that aren't his offspring. Fortunately, he laid down with the cubs and closed his eyes to sleep. The cubs were VERY excited to see their Dad! This little guy was trying so hard to get him to play! Dad was definitely NOT happy to be woken up."

p. Kuhn Report

Monkey D. Luffy
Community Member
4 years ago

Mufasa: my tooth hurts. Simba: this one? Mufasa: OWWW!!! YES!!!

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#42

Life And Death

Life And Death

"These polar bear remains have been discovered at one of the islands of Northern Svalbard. Unfortunately we do not know definetely wether the bear died from starving or aging, but more likely if we see the good teeth status - from starving . They say nowdays such remains to be founded very often - global warming and ice situation influence the polar bear population a lot. Svalbard, Norway, august 2014"

Vadim Balakin Report

Misaki Chan
Community Member
4 years ago

How tragic...

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#43

Harvest

Harvest

Laura Barnett Report

Jackie Brown
Community Member
4 years ago

A blue bee!!

#44

Time At The Water Hole

Time At The Water Hole

Richard Costin Report

Sreejith Embranthiri.C.V
Community Member
4 years ago

Is that ghosts of zebras ??!!

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#45

Wet! Wet! Wet!

Wet! Wet! Wet!

Gillian Lloyd Report

Hans
Community Member
4 years ago

Look at the ears! They like it as little as we would like this weather.

#46

Colorado River Trees

Colorado River Trees

Stas Bartnikas Report

#47

Empire Rising

Empire Rising

Sam Morris Report

#48

Land Of Everlasting Salt

Land Of Everlasting Salt

A TOM Report

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#49

Our Beloved Possessions

Our Beloved Possessions

Jassen T Report

Monta Berke
Community Member
4 years ago

nailed it with the title!

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