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National Geographic Reveals Early Picks For 2017's Nature Photographer of the Year Contest

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Tom Hale

Senior Journalist

clockOct 24 2017, 12:33 UTC

"Above the Polar Bear." Incredible and unique shot 6 meters above a polar bear in Nunavut, Baffin area during wildlife reportage in Nunavut and Greenland, summer 2017. Photo and caption by Florian Ledoux/National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest

Prepare to get a severe case of wanderlust. National Geographic Magazine has opened its annual Nature Photographer of the Year competition for 2017.

Just like last year's competition, the entries are already looking pretty incredible. National Geographic has released a handful of early picks from the competition to get the creative juices flowing and, hopefully, inspire photographers to enter their best shots.

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You can enter photographs in one of four categories: wildlife, landscapes, aerials, and underwater. The winners will be decided by a panel of judges but there will also be a Peoples’ Choice winner, as decided by an online vote during the first 11 days of December.

The Grand Prize Winner will receive $10,000, a post on the @NatGeo Instagram, and publication in National Geographic Magazine. First-place winners from each of the four categories will receive $2,500.

The deadline to enter is 12pm EST on November, so blow the dust off your camera, find that missing charger, and get snapping. In the meantime, enjoy some of the early entries below.

"Sea and Salt." Spain has many impressive landscapes and fascinating destinations, but one of the most amazing natural resorts are the salty pink lakes in Torrevieja. In this beautiful coastal resort you can find two beautiful salt lakes: a blue-green one called La Mata lagoon and the other, of an impressive pink color, known as Torrevieja lagoon; both connected to the sea by canals. Photo and caption by Wellington Rodrigues/National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest
"Kalsoy." Kalsoy island and Kallur lighthouse in sunset light, Faroe Islands. Photo and caption by Wojciech Kruczy?ski/National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest
"Lions quarl." A male African lion teaches a lesson to a hyena pack for trying to steal its kill. Photo and caption by Aaron Baggenstos/National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest
"Great White Shark." Great White Shark at Guadalupe Island, Mexico. Photo and caption by Alejandro Cupi/National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest
"Liquid bear." Bear from the water, Kamchatka, Russia Photo and caption by Mike Korostelev/National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest
"So this is a bird that actually exists." LILAC ROLLER, MASAAI MARA - KENYA SEPTEMBER 2017. Photo and caption by NICHOLAS WILSON/National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest
"One happy seal model." Went to the very north of Denmark, Skagen, at sunrise and found this willing model. Photo and caption by Lars Lykke/National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest
"Flowers last light." This image was captured in lower Ice Lake Basin outside of Silverton, CO. The rain had come and gone a number of times throughout the trip. This was the scene that unfolded on the last evening. it was such a sight to behold and a great way to end the trip. Photo and caption by Jeff Stoddart/National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest

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