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15 Amazing Entries from Nat Geo's Nature Photographer of the Year Contest

Shaunacy Ferro
PHOTO BY AARON BAGGENSTOS/2016 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC NATURE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR
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’Tis the season for National Geographic’s annual nature photography contest, and some of the latest entries prove competition will be fierce. Take a look at a few of the best, and submit your own work until November 16 to win a trip to the Galápagos.

PHOTO BY AARON BAGGENSTOS/2016 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC NATURE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

1. "Bear Hug" by Aaron Baggenstos, who has several images featured among the contest highlights, shows brown bears in Alaska's Katmai National Park.

PHOTO BY ALISON LANGEVAD/2016 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC NATURE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

2. Alison Langevad, the photographer, describes her image "Priceless":

PHOTO BY QIAN WANG/2016 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC NATURE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

3. What photographer Qian Wang, who's based in Shanghai, has to say about "Let's Picnic":

PHOTO BY ERIC ESTERLE/2016 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC NATURE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

4. How the photographer Eric Esterle, who took "Hunting for Fish," describes the image:



PHOTO BY KYM ILLMAN/2016 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC NATURE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

5. The photographer, Kym Illman, explains the process involved in capturing "Curious Lions":

PHOTO BY AARON BAGGENSTOS/2016 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC NATURE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

6. Photographer Aaron Baggenstos says of his image, "Tundra Ghost":

PHOTO BY S. DERE/2016 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC NATURE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

7. The photographer S. Dere describes "Battle of the Titans" as "A pair of Bison [squaring] off in the middle of the heard [sic] for dominance."

PHOTO BY STEFAN SCHLUMPF/2016 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC NATURE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

8. The Zurich-based photographer Stefan Schlumpf, who took "Hidden Landscape," poetically explains his photo:



PHOTO BY NANCY ELWOOD/2016 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC NATURE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

9. Photographer Nancy Elwood says of "The Eye of a Gator,"

PHOTO BY KIM AIKAWA/2016 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC NATURE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

10. "Swamp Raccoon" came about completely by chance, the photographer, Kim Aikawa, explains: 

PHOTO BY CALLUM SNAPE/2016 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC NATURE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

11. Canadian photographer Callum Snape describes "Burning Tree":

PHOTO BY KYON. J/2016 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC NATURE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

12. Japanese photographer Kyon J. says of "Through":



PHOTO BY YH LEE/2016 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC NATURE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

13. Yh Lee, who captured "Bull Race," says that, 

PHOTO AND CAPTION BY T. KING/2016 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC NATURE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

14. "Jellyfish" was taken by the New Jersey-based photographer T. King.

PHOTO BY ALEJANDRO S./2016 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC NATURE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

15. Photographer Alejandro Saenz explains how he captured "fjaðárgljúfur":

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