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Nat Geo photo competition gives us a glimpse of a strange, alluring world

Which one do you think will come out on top?

THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Nature Photographer of the Year contest is attracting the best photographers, the brightest images, and the most extraordinary scenes from around the world.

The competition, which began in August and finishes on the 4 November, has four categories: landscape, environmental issues, action and animal portraits.

We’re looking for photos that showcase the awe-inspiring and diverse natural world around us. That could be a powerful wildlife shot, a stunning landscape, or a look at a complicated environmental issue – whatever nature means to you.

If you don’t quite get what they mean, here’s a taster of week 7 and 8′s entries:

Nat Geo photo competition gives us a glimpse of a strange, alluring world
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  • Rooftops

    A typical roof of an Icelandic house covered with turf. It has the mission to make the most comfortable house during the harshest climate.Source: Angiolo Manetti
  • Sandstorm

    As I was photographing this young grey seal, we both got caught up in a sandstorm.Source: Eugene Kitsios
  • Winterland

    An other world on the top of this hill in Lapland. Snow ghosts are everywhere, we are only visitors. March 2016, Finland Feel free to visit my FB and website: https://www.facebook.com/PierreDestribatsPhoto www.pierredestribats.comSource: Pierre Destribats
  • Dancing in the rain

    Fox caught in action under the rain.Source: Vladislav Kamenski
  • Shira-Ito-no-taki

    Photo and Caption by Masai Okeda/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the YearSource: Masai Okeda
  • Crocodile Waterline

    Photo and Caption by Brett Lobwein/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the YearSource: Brett Lobwein
  • Ijen Voclano

    Photo and Caption by Heidi Ouyang/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the YearSource: Heidi Ouyang
  • Stare into my eyes

    Photo and Caption by Octoyura Bamahry/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the YearSource: Octoyura Bamahry
  • Alien Lights

    Photo and Caption by Russell Wiltshire/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the YearSource: Russell Wiltshire
  • Bubbles

    Photo and Caption by Brett Monroe Garner/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the YearSource: Brett Monroe Garner
  • Moonlight landscape.

    Photo and Caption by kousuke kitajima/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the YearSource: kousuke kitajima
  • Life and Death

    Photo and Caption by Vadim Balakin/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the YearSource: Vadim Balakin
  • Laguna Tuyajto

    Photo and Caption by Victor Lima/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the YearSource: Victor Lima
  • Adelie penguin jumping between ice floes

    Photo and Caption by Nick Dale/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the YearSource: Nick Dale nickdalephotography.com
  • Calling the Spirits of Ogoi

    Photo and Caption by A. Zelinskiy/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the YearSource: A. Zelinskiy

The grand-prize winner will receive a 10-day trip for two to the Galápagos with National Geographic Expeditions and two 15-minute image portfolio reviews with National Geographic photo editors.

The grand prize is a ten-day trip for two to the Galápagos with National Geographic Expeditions.

Each category will also feature three winners:
• First place: $2,500 (around €2,300)
• Second place: $750 (around €690)
• Third place: $500 (around €460)

With just three weeks left before the competition reaches its end, if you have a few photos that you think could win, send them in here.

Read: Can you pick a winner? These incredible animal portraits are competing for National Geographic fame

Read: Can you top these? 15 absolutely brilliant early entries to the Nat Geo Nature photo contest

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