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National Geographic has launched it’s 2016 Nature Photographer of the Year contest. The prestigious contest is accepting entries in the following categories; Landscape, Environmental Issues, Action and Animal Portraits. The contest National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year 2016 is open until November 4, 2016, and the winners will be announced in December.

The contest website says “We’re looking for photos that showcase the awe-inspiring and diverse natural world around us. That could be a powerful wildlife shot, a stunning landscape, or a look at a complicated environmental issue—whatever nature means to you.”

The grand-prize winner will receive a 10-day trip for two to the Galápagos with National Geographic Expeditions and two 15-minute image portfolio reviews with National Geographic photo editors.

These 15 images are in the running to take out the prestigious 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest, which highlights the beauty of the natural world around us.

A polar bear walks on by Harry Lyndon-Skeggs

A polar bear walks on by Harry Lyndon-Skeggs

Aerial image shows waste from a paper mill that has been agitated by aerators by Jassen T

Aerial image shows waste from a paper mill that has been agitated by aerators by Jassen T

Buffalo Mud Bath by Chris Schmid

Buffalo Mud Bath by Chris Schmid

From the shadows by Harry Lyndon-Skeggs

From the shadows by Harry Lyndon-Skeggs

Iceberg in Ilulissat Greenland by Barbara MacFerrin

Iceberg in Ilulissat Greenland by Barbara MacFerrin

Lava Ocean Entry by Mason Lake

Lava Ocean Entry by Mason Lake

Lighting Up The Galaxy by Mike Zorger

Lighting Up The Galaxy by Mike Zorger

Lioness refuses the advances of the male during a prolonged courtship under a light rain in the Masai Mara Kenya by Chris Schmid

Lioness refuses the advances of the male during a prolonged courtship under a light rain in the Masai Mara Kenya by Chris Schmid

Lucky Strike by Greg McCown

Lucky Strike by Greg McCown

Mediterranean Jelly by Stefano Spezi

Mediterranean Jelly by Stefano Spezi

Team Work by Chris Schmid

Team Work by Chris Schmid

Territorial Hippo by Sam Kurtul

Territorial Hippo by Sam Kurtul

The frozen pond with snow by Kent Shiraishi

The frozen pond with snow by Kent Shiraishi

War Horses by Cheryl Tyson

War Horses by Cheryl Tyson

More info: National Geographic Nature Photographer Of The Year