Photographers everywhere, clean your lens and get the tripods out because the 2016 National Geographic Natural Photographer of the Year competition is in full swing.
National Geographic has become almost synonymous with quality photographing. The images their magazine showcases are nothing short of breathtaking, lending a lot of weight to the articles they accompany. Each year, the publication calls out to all photographers out there for the most amazing pieces of nature they can capture under the Natural Photographer awards.
And that time is now.
“The 2016 Nature Photographer of the Year contest is an opportunity for photographers to show us the power of nature and their love of it through their imagery,” said Sarah Leen, director of photography for National Geographic magazine and National Geographic Partners.
This year’s photographs will be judged in four categories: Landscape, Environmental Issues, Action, and Animal Portraits.
“The four categories of this year’s contest will give photographers a chance to capture the complexity and beauty found in the world around us. We anticipate compelling and revealing images,” added senior producer for National Geographic Travel and manager of National Geographic photo contests Sarah Polger.
The contest will end on Saturday, Nov. 4, at 12 p.m. EDT (U.S.). So while we can expect to see many more amazing shots uploaded, here are some highlights of the submissions so far. Sit back, and let’s enjoy some tiny — but beautiful — pieces of nature.
I’ve left these two for last so you can compare them. We’ve at a point where we can easily choose one world or the other.
I know which one I’d pick.
If you’re a photographer and would want to submit a picture to the contest, you can do so here. The entry fee is US$15 per shot.
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. You can see all the details and official contest rules here.