GALLERY: Entries for National Geographic’s Nature Photographer of the Year contest

The international contest shows nature at its most visually stunning

GALLERY: Entries for National Geographic’s Nature Photographer of the Year contest

[Sam Kurtul/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year]

For its 128 year existence, National Geographic has continued to showcase the stunning beauty of planet earth in the pages of its magazine, with submissions offered by amateur and professional photographers the world over. Ahead of the November 4th closing date for entries to the 2016 Nature Photographer of the Year, take a look at some of the animals captured on film that reveals what it takes to claim the title.

Open to everyone, the grand-prize winner will receive a 10-day trip for two to the Galápagos with National Geographic Expeditions, as well as two 15-minute image portfolio reviews from the feted photo editors of the magazine.

Submissions can still be made on the National Geographic website here, and take a look at the gallery below for inspiration: