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Look at these 12 photos and appreciate the beautiful world we live in

From China to Alaska and Switzerland to Myanmar.

THE ENTRIES IN the prestigious National Geographic Photo Contest 2015 just keep getting better.

The competition is almost at a close with photographers across the world hoping to pick up prizes in the People, Places and Nature categories.

The eventual winner will receive $10,000 and you have until 16 November to get your entry in.

Here are just a selection of some of the incredible work being submitted so far (with captions from the photographers themselves):

Let there be light

Let there be light.. Source: Adrian Theze/2015 National Geographic Photo Contest

“It was one of those days, great for landscape photography as rain clouds raced across the sky leaving gaps for shafts of sunlight in between. I’d been watching the play of light of the mountainside as I drove but wanted a subject to make a photo. It was then I saw the church. I pulled off the highway, set up my tripod and waited. Finally, the church and the mountainside were bathed in that gorgeous soft late autumn light. It was just a moment but I was ready with the shutter release.”

Location: Iceland

A little bit of Bear’s Paradise

A little bit of Bear's Paradise Source: Kathleen Yap/2015 National Geographic Photo Contest

“I’ve loved watching wildlife documentaries since I was a kid. One of nature’s wonders that fascinated me the most was the annual return of salmon to their birthplace for spawning… and the bears that live off of this phenomenon. To be able to see it happen in real life was just completely magical and struck a chord deep within. There were about 12 bears at the falls, but six that dominated the prime spots. It was peaceful between the bears as there was plenty of salmon to go around!”

Location: King Salmon, Alaska, United States

A Sandy Disguise

A Sandy Disguise Source: E. Kneler/2015 National Geographic Photo Contest

“A line of elephants had just crossed the Chobe River on a hot day. As they relaxed by flicking cool sand on their backs, they were very aware to hide the youngest in the centre of their grouping. For one moment though, this little one disguised in sand got through to give us a quick hello.”

Location: Chobe River, Botswana

Sunset Above the Fog

Sunset Above The Fog Source: Vincent James/2015 National Geographic Photo Contest

“A warm and peaceful sunset above the fog at Mount Tamalpais, northern California.”

Location: Mill Valley, California, United States

Baby calling

Baby calling Source: Barbara Dall'Angelo/2015 National Geographic Photo Contest

“A baby giraffe seems to call the mother under an incredible sky of sun rays.”

Location: Kenya

Shangrila Lake

Shangrila Lake Source: mohd irman ismail/2015 National Geographic Photo Contest

Shangrila Lake or Lower Kachura Lake in Skardu, Baltistan.

Location: Pakistan

Angel in the sky

Angel in the sky Source: Kristoffer Vaikla/2015 National Geographic Photo Contest

“Stunning northern lights show in Estonia. I have never seen such a spectacular show before. It is not an everyday event to see northern lights in Estonia – especially so mighty ones [sic]. This photo reminds me an angel with wings widely spread. Certainly there are some greater powers than humans can imagine.”

Location: Karjaküla, Harjumaa, Estonia

The lookout

The lookout Source: Denis Dumoulin/2015 National Geographic Photo Contest

A lined owl which watches the field attentively.

Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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Kids and The Abandoned Pinisi

Kids and The Abandoned Pinisi Source: gregorious kurniawan/2015 National Geographic Photo Contest

“Centuries ago the Buginese and Makassarese people were famously known as the great sailormen. By using handmade wooden boats named Pinisi they explored the boundaries of the country – even to Madagascar. Even today the lives of the people there are still familiar with the sea. I took this photo on an afternoon in The Port Paotere where children’s descendants of the great sailor playing in shipwreck.”

Location: Makassar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia

Going home

GOING HOME 5 Source: CHEE KEONG LIM/2015 National Geographic Photo Contest

“A monk on his way home.”

Location: Bagan, Mandalay, Myanmar

The Gathering of Clouds

Gathering of the clouds Source: Piotr Fedorczyk/2015 National Geographic Photo Contest

“Breathtaking view from Schwarzstockli (2,293m) over this spectacular natural border of cantons of Glarus and St. Gallen, Switzerland, as seen on an autumn weekend trek in early October 2015. All after being chased, caught up and left behind by that glorious mist that hopped from one valley to another, leaving me with this frame to awe at. The gathering of clouds.”

Location: Ennenda, Glarus, Switzerland

Cormorants fishing in the dark night

Cormorants Fishing in the dark night Source: Weixin Shen/2015 National Geographic Photo Contest

“Ukai Japan has a history of more than 1,300 years. It is one of the traditional fishing methods that has been done in countries such as China. People use cormorants to catch fish in the light of the lamp bonfire.”

Location: Ōgaki, Gifu, Japan

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