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Here are some of this year's best nature photos from around the world

National Geographic is looking for the nature photographer of the year.

THE 2017 NATIONAL Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest is accepting submissions for another five days.

The deadline for the competition, which attracts spectacular entries showcasing animals, landscapes and environments around the world, is 17 November.

Here are some of the entries to date:

Silky Sunset A shark in Jardines de la Reina, Cuba Source: Wai Hoe Mok

WORKING IN THE RAIN An atlantic puffin on a remote island in Scotland Source: Sunil Gopalan

The wolf A male wolf in east Finland Source: Bernt Østhus

Game of stars A juvenile sea lion playing with a sea star in Islote Los Lobos, La Paz, Mexico Source: Pedro Carrillo

Nature's Fury A supercell thunderstorm spins over the plains of northeast Colorado at dusk Source: Colt Forney

The dawn on the colored forest Landscape in Ichinose, Ishikawa, Japan Source: Takahiro Bessho

Fire in the Savannah! A leopard in Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya Source: Jayaprakash Joghee Bojan

Sneeeze! A Galapagos marine iguana sneezing to expel excess salt water after feeding in the ocean Source: M Engelmann

Peacock, Isola Madre A leucistic peacock on Isola Madre, one of the Borromean islands on Lake Maggiore in the Italian Alps Source: Spencer Callahan

SAKURA GUARDIAN Lake Nakatsuna in Nagano, Japan Source: Comyu Matsuoka

The contest is accepting entries in four categories: wildlife, landscapes, underwater and aerials.

The overall winner will receive $10,000 (about €8,600), and be published in National Geographic magazine and on National Geographic’s Instagram account, @natgeo.

One first-place winner in each of the four categories will receive $2,500 (€2,150).

You can find more information about the competition here.

Read: Check out these incredible images from Nat Geo’s nature photography contest

Read: These are some of this year’s best wildlife and nature photos from around the world

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