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15 Stunning Photos of the 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest

Nature and wildlife lovers around the world can now exhibit the stunning photography they’ve captured during expeditions through the 2016 Nature Photographer of the Year contest. The National Geographic Society funds hundreds of research projects and education initiatives around the world each year, and through November 4 2016 the non-profit organisation is giving everyone a chance to showcase awe-inspiring visuals of the world, while also helping to inspire others to explore and conserve the planet.

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Hunting for Fish by Eric Esterle, 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year
A mature bald eagle drags the tail of a fish across the surface of the water after picking it up out of the Susquehanna river. It was late in the day when the sun was setting casting an orange hue over the water.

 

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Curious Lions by Kym Illman, 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

 

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Daybreak at Monument Valley by Lidija Kamansky, 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

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Let’s Picnic by QIAN WANG

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Priceless by Alison Langevad

Battle of the Titans by S. Dere, 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

 

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Bear Hug by Aaron Baggenstos, 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year
Brown Bears, Katmai National Park, Alaska.

 

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The Eye of the Gator by Nancy Elwood

 

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Beauty Beyond Disaster by Li Liu, 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

 

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Jellyfish by T. King, 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

 

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Bull Race by Yh Lee, 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

 

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fjaðárgljúfur by Alejandro S., 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year
This is a long exposure shot taken from the top of fjaðárgljúfur Canyon Trail.

 

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Swamp Raccoon by Kim Aikawa, 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

 

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The Best Spot on the Savannah by Natashia B., 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year
Female leopard gazing out over the savannah in the Okavango Delta, Botswana.

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Silence and the Desert by Virginia Zoli, 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year
A breathtaking view of Valle de La Luna from Piedra del Coyote, San Pedro de Atacama, north of Chile.

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