15 breathtaking entries from National Geographic's Nature Photographer of the Year contest

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National Geographic's Nature Photographer of the Year contest has kicked off and the entries are awe-inspiring. This year's judges are looking for photos that showcase the "diverse natural world around us."

Entries are divided into four categories: Landscape, Environmental Issues, Action, and Animal Portraits. Winners of their category will receive $2,500 in prize money, with $750 being given to runners up. The Grand Prize for the best photo across all categories is a 10-day trip for two to the Galápagos Islands with National Geographic Expeditions.

Check out our favorites below:

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Breathtaking entries for National Geographic's 2016 Nature Photographer of the year contest
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Breathtaking entries for National Geographic's 2016 Nature Photographer of the year contest

"The Eye Of A Gator"— by Nancy Elwood

Photo Credit: Nancy Elwood/National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest 2016

"Moonlightning"— by Christopher Markisz

Photo Credit: Christopher Markisz / National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest 2016

"Beauty Beyond Disaster"— Li Liu

Photo Credit:Li Liu / National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest 2016

"Wildebeest Migration"— by Hugh McCrystal

Photo Credit: Hugh McCrystal / National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest 2016

"Daybreak at Monument Valley"— by Lidija Kamansky

 Photo Credit: Lidija Kamansky / National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest 2016

"Silence and the desert"— by Virginia Zoli

Photo Credit: Virginia Zoli / National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest 2016

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