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The Next Ansel Adams Could Have Taken One of These Photos

Peep the potential winners of NatGeo's Nature Photographer of the Year Contest.
September 13, 2016, 12:35pm
Photo and Caption by Li Liu/2016, National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year, Beauty Beyond Disaster. The Soberanes Fire, located south of Carmel and Point Lobos, started Friday morning 07/22/2016. By Saturday night, the fire covered the entire mountain. The sky was illuminated by the golden glow of the forest fire. I hiked down towards a cliff by the beach. Because the wind was blowing south and slightly east, the sky to the southwest was clear. I witnessed the most spectacular sight I have ever seen, the Milky Way glowed above the raging wildfire. Beauty rose beyond disaster

Nature. It's been the inspiration for many a photographer, from the immortal Ansel Adams to Ami Vitale. Each year National Geographic hosts the Nature Photographer of the Year Contest with the mission of finding a snapdragon with a vision, like these artists, worth paying attention to.

Today you can get a sneak peek at this year's entries in the categories Landscape, Environmental Issues, Action, and Animal Portraits. These f-stoppers are bringing their A-game because there's a lot on the line. The grand prize winner will get a 10-day trip for two to the Galápagos and two image portfolio reviews with National Geographic photo editors—a game-changing edge for any up and comer.

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Check out our favorite entries in the National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Award below—who knows, the next Ansel Adams could be right below the break.

Photo and Caption by Eric Esterle/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year, Hunting For Fish. A mature bald eagle drags the tail of a fish across the surface of the water after picking it up out of the Susquehanna river. It was late in the day when the sun was setting casting an orange hue over the water

Photo and Caption by Aaron Baggenstos/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year, Bear Hug Brown Bears, Katmai National Park, Alaska

Photo and Caption by Wendy Sinclair/2016, National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year, Spider Web Rice Fields. An unusual and intricate spider-web shaped rice field in Cancar - Flores, Indonesia

Photo and Caption by Takashi/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year, UFO Formation. A baby cloud had born at dawn. The baby cloud had grown bigger and bigger than before. When it came the time of the morning glow, It had grown to many huge lenticular clouds. It looked like UFO formation.

Photo and Caption by Jassen T. /2016. National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Yearm Fossil Fuel Galore. "A quarter century ago, scientists warned that if we kept burning fossil fuel at current rates weíd melt the Arctic. The fossil fuel industry (and most everyone else in power) ignored those warnings, and what do you know: The Arctic is melting, to the extent that people now are planning to race yachts through the Northwest Passage, which until very recently required an icebreaker to navigate." New York Times, May 12, 2015. Midway-Sunset is currently the largest oil field in California. Aerial.

Photo and Caption by Jassen T. /2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year, Surreal!. Flying swans, airplane shadow and the abstract looking glacial rivers of Iceland. All of this action captured from a fast flying plane. Aerial Image (shot from an airplane at 1,000 feet)

Photo and Caption by Flamine Alary/2016, National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year, Mist and Wind. Early this morning we were on our way for hiking at the Bruce Peninsula National Park. The sun was rising, it was misty, eerie and we did not see very far away when suddenly these wind turbines appeared out of the mist. It was quite spectacular

Photo and Caption by QIAN WANG/2016, National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year, Let's Picnic. Yellowstone National Park, west thumb geyser basin, a perfect spot for picnic, and I mean not for human

Photo and Caption by Kyon. J/2016, National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year, Through. It was amazing to capture China's beautiful mountains in such magnificent morning rays coming through

Photo and Caption by Lidija Kamansky/2016, National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year, Daybreak at Monument Valley. A storm was rolling in from the west and the few of us gathered for sunrise were watching and hoping that day would break before the rains came. The moment the sun peeked above the horizon, we were hit with incredible winds and sideways driving rain. My husband jumped behind me to block the blowing sand and to try to shelter me from the wind. I kept shooting as the skies lit up, while gripping the tripod to keep it steady. This image is the result of those efforts from this memorable sunrise!

Photo and Caption by Nancy Elwood/2016, National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year, The Eye Of A Gator. As I was sitting on the bank of the wetlands, watching a pair of anhingas prepare their nest, when one flew right down in front of me to fish. I quickly focused on her and out of the water came a wonderful fish brunch

Photo and Caption by Virginia Zoli/2016, National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year, Silence and the Desert. A breathtaking view of Valle de La Luna from Piedra del Coyote, San Pedro de Atacama, north of Chile

Photo and Caption by T. King/2016, National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year, Jellyfish

Photo and Caption by Hugh McCrystal/2016, National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year, Wildebeest Migration. This is a photo of Wildebeest during migration in the Serengeti

Submit your own work to the National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest here.

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