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Amazing Early Highlights of the 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest

National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Entries 2017

“Sunrise of Maasia Mara” During month of August and September, there are millions of wild beasts, zebras, and other animals in Maasia Mara game reserve. On this September morning, a wild beast eating grass intersected the sun coming out of the horizon, creating this image. It was one of the most beautiful sunrises I had seen so far. (Photo and caption by Jay Ruan / National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest)

With a little more than a month to go, the 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest is in full swing. Photographers have until November 17, 2017 to enter their best photographs valuing the beauty of the natural world. We've already previewed some early entries and now have a chance to discover what photographers have been submitting during the third and fourth weeks of competition.

As one of the top photography contests around, the competition encourages participants to submit their best images in four categories—Wildlife, Landscapes, Aerials, and Underwater. The grand prize winner will not only receive $7,500, but will also have their work published in an upcoming issue of National Geographic magazine and on National Geographic's Instagram account.

Aside from the expert jury, which will pick the grand prize and category winners, the public will also get their chance to award a winner. From December 1 to December 11, 2017, fans can vote for the Peoples' Choice winner via the contest website. So if you see something here that catches your eye, keep it in mind for a prize!

Photographers have until November 17 to enter their best nature photographs in the 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest.

National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Entries 2017

“The New Continents” An aerial view over the swamps of Cenas Tirelis near Riga, Latvia. (Photo and caption by

National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Entries 2017

“Don't come any closer” Orange Anemonefish, (Amphiprion Sandaracinos) or most commonly referred to as “Nemo” to most was shot amongst this vibrant, iridescent and highly toxic anemone. This reef habitat was situated in the pristine waters of Sipadan Island, Sabah Borneo Malaysia. (Photo and caption by Marc Hornig / National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest)

National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Entries 2017

“There is always room for one more” How many Mountain Goats can fit on this rock, if you start stacking them on top of each other? Mount Evans, Colorado, USA. (Photo and caption by Eivor Kuchta / National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest)

National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Entries 2017

“Over the lake” The picture was taken from a helicopter over lake natron. A flock of flamingos were flying over the lake. (Photo and caption by Phillip Chang / National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest)

National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Entries 2017

“Kamokuna ocean entry, November 2016” Lava flows into the ocean at sunset, Kamokuna, Kalapana, Hawaii. (Photo and caption by Grant Kaye / National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest)

National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Entries 2017

“Over Glacial Waters” As we flew over the beautiful Holmes River, the glacial waters contrasted nicely with the forest – the waters extra blue due to increased glacial melt. (Photo and caption by Shane Kalyn / National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest)

National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Entries 2017

“Smile for the camera” Heart racing, hands clenched on the handles of my camera housing, peering through the silty usually clear mangrove water. The American crocodile suddenly appeared out of the murk, almost resting its snout on the dome port of my underwater setup. I told myself to remain calm, that i was completely safe behind my camera. although it was a tense encounter at first the silty water adds to the dramatic nature of this image—a moment I will not forget in a hurry. (Photo and caption by Gary Peart / National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest)

National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Entries 2017

“Turn left!” Shot at Lake Kekini, Greece. (Photo and caption by Ruzdi Ekenheim / National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest)

National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Entries 2017

“Lightning bridge” Spectacular view of the Golden Gate Bridge during a rare Bay Area lightning and thunderstorm. (Photo and caption by Alexis Darden / National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest)

National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Entries 2017

“On the hunt” A polar bear is sniffing the air trying to sent seals. Svalbard, Norway. (Photo and caption by Daisy Gilardini / National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest)

National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Entries 2017

“Whale shark and anchovies” A whale shark and school of anchovies swim by at Mafia Island, Tanzania. The shark and schooling fish are often seen together as they both are after the same planktonic prey, sergestid shrimp. The population of whale sharks here is quite unique as they remain here year round, scientist believe this is because there's an abundance of food around the island. Nowhere else in the worlds do whale sharks do this. (Photo and caption by Steve De Neef / National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest)

National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Entries 2017

“Kanyarunka” The Nyakamwe family of the DRC. New mom Kanyarunka shields her baby from a rambunctious toddler. (Photo and caption by Shannon Hinson-Witz / National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest)

National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Entries 2017

“Nurse shark at bimini” Bahamas, Bimini. Portrait of a nurse shark swimming in mid water. (Photo and caption by Christian Vizl/ National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest)

National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Entries 2017

“Atlantic Puffin” An Atlantic Puffin on the remote nesting island of Machias Seal Island off the coast of Maine. (Photo and caption by Harry Collins / National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest)

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