15 Of The Best Photos From The 2017 Nat Geo Nature Photographer of the Year Contest

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Every year National Geographic invites the most talented photographers from all around the world to enter the 2017 Nature Photographer of the Year contest. Every year the results are awe-inspiring, and this year looks to be no exception.

With the winner receiving $10,000, a publication in the Nation Geographic magazine, and a feature on their Instagram, the competition is hot

This year's contest ends Friday, November 17th at 12PM. Here are some of the standout entrants so far.

Mother Nature’s Camo

Gator waiting in Duckweed in New Orleans, LA. This was taken off of a board walk so don’t worry for my safety.

Photo and caption by Cole Frechou / National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest

Photo and caption by Cole Frechou / National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest

A Mother Bear and a Cub

the 3 months cub was so cute i almost dropped the camera and run to hug him. almost :) mother bear (huge female) was looking at me suspiciously :)

Photo and caption by Anat Gutman / National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest

Photo and caption by Anat Gutman / National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest

Cable Beach Camel Caravan

A bird’s eye view of a caravan of camels walking along Cable beach at sunset.

Photo and caption by Todd Kennedy / National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest

Photo and caption by Todd Kennedy / National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest

Infinite Road to Transylvania #6

This is Cheia (DN1A) road that takes you to Transylvania. Yes, THAT Transylvania, the birthplace of the legendary Count Dracula (Vlad Tepes). The legend says that this shot imagines what he might have seen on his nocturnal flights! Nevertheless, it’s a breathtaking view with a magnificent road.

Photo and caption by Calin Stan / National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest

Photo and caption by Calin Stan / National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest

Enchanted

A tidal pool at Lofoten islands in northern Norway acts as natural eye catcher. with the high tides around full moon, white sand gets washed into the pool and then the magic unfolds.

Photo and caption by Felix Inden / National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest

Photo and caption by Felix Inden / National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest

A Thousand Birds

Each year between the months of December-March, Northern California becomes the winter home to thousands of migratory birds (geese, egrets, ducks, herons and others). Aerial image (photographed from a plane while flying at 120 miles per hour).

Photo and caption by Jassen Todorov / National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest

Photo and caption by Jassen Todorov / National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest

Alien

This is one of my favorite photos of my favorite critter. Shot with a +25 magnifier, it really brings out the detail in this otherwise very small skeleton shrimp. It’s face is clear, its reddish eyes are visible, and the way it faces my camera with its arms wide makes it almost symmetrical. It’s clear color matches the hydra that it is living on. Plus the colors in the background really make this an interesting and beautiful photo. Don’t think there are aliens on earth? Look no further!

Photo and caption by Adam Silverman / National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest

Photo and caption by Adam Silverman / National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest

Blue Heart

My two loves in one picture. My beautiful girlfriend and nature. This is a drone long exposure. It took a few attempts to be able to have the water blur and her freeze in time. This photograph will be a timeless memory for us to share forever.

Photo and caption by Sean Stalteri / National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest

Photo and caption by Sean Stalteri / National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest

Anemone

Starburst anemone at Half Moon Bay, California

Photo and caption by Corbin Morgan / National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest

Photo and caption by Corbin Morgan / National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest

Tadami Line

Tadami line is a JR East line that connects Fukushima pref and Niigata pref. It is a single-track, non-electrified local line. This line runs through the serene countryside where people live closely to the nature in satoyama, the border area between mountain foothills and flat land. Especially along the Tadami River, the view from the train is stunning. The train goes over a number of bridges passing cherry blossoms in spring, greenery in summer, colored leaves in autumn, and snow in winter.

Photo and caption by Teuruo Araya / National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest

Photo and caption by Teuruo Araya / National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest

Rorschach Test

Golden Hour at Bombay Hook NWR this morning. There was not a hint of wind when this Great Blue Heron began to preen.

Photo and caption by Jerry am Ende / National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest

Photo and caption by Jerry am Ende / National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest

Lust

This photograph was taken in the cold waters of Whyalla, South Australia during the annual Australian giant cuttlefish aggregation. This annual event sees hundreds of thousands of cuttlefish make their way here seeking to find a mate and is the only place where they are known to aggregate in such large numbers. mating can be aggressive, with males usually dominating the females by 10:1. This is a larger male showing his dominance over the smaller female after they have finished mating.

Photo and caption by Cameron McFarlene / National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest

Photo and caption by Cameron McFarlene / National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest

Heaven on Earth

A magical moment in the morning right after sunrise with 2 horses in Fundatura Ponorului Transylvania, Romania

Photo and caption by Sebastiaen . / National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest

Photo and caption by Sebastiaen . / National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest

Étirement

A lioness stretches into the immensity of Masai Mara, Kenya

Photo and caption by Joël Fischer / National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest

Photo and caption by Joël Fischer / National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest

MacKenzie Mountains, NWT

Rich colours fading into the grey ruggedness of the Makenzie Mountains approximately 200 km NW of the Nááts’ihch’oh National Park Reserve

Photo and caption by Alain Boudreau / National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest

Photo and caption by Alain Boudreau / National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest