London,Oct11:Astounding entries to the National Geographic Photographer of the Year award show all four seasons of nature across the globe.
From mountain goats battling it out for prime position, to a crocodile getting a little bit too close, the photos are breathtaking.
Photographers are battling it out in an online contest for a $10,000 prize, and publication in the National Geographic magazine.
With 4 categories- Wildlife, Landscape, Underwater and Aerial- to enter, the photos submitted so far display life around the world, from Hawaii to Botswana.
Whilst many of the photos focus on exotic creatures, some feature amazing moments in the world’s natural landscape, catching glacial waters and lava flowing into an ocean at sunset.
Other breathtaking snaps show a crocodile eerily close to the underwater photographer and a leopard at home in its natural habitat.
National Geographic’s Deputy Director of Digital Photography Patrick Witty has described the contest as “a rewarding experience for all involved.”
He added: “The strength and diversity of the submitted photos are always astounding and this contest gives those incredible entries a platform that is seen by millions – including National Geographic’s photo editors.”
Entries close on November 17, with the winners announced in December.
Even if you don’t fancy yourself as a photographer, from December fans can still get involved by voting for their favourite photo in the People’s Choice Award.