Cape Town - The 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest has come to an end. But if you didn't get your entry in before the cut off time on 4 November, here's something to comfort you...
We've selected some of our favourite photographs from the final week of the competition. And boy oh boy, they are breathtaking!
From the wild scenes of Namibia, to even wilder ones from the iconic sardine run on the Wild Coast of South Africa, our favourite photographs in this collection all hail from the African continent (but we might be bias here...).
A photograph by Frenchman Greg Lecoeur show the Sardine Run, which occurs annually along the coasts of South Africa, in all its splendour.
Another favourite was shot by Carsten Krüger from Germany, and show two young hippo playing around in a pool in the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, further north.
Photographers from around the world were competing in four categories namely, 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," remarked Sarah Polger, senior producer for National Geographic Travel and manager of National Geographic photo contests.
"We anticipate compelling and revealing images."
The photographers are competing for a grand prize consisting of a 10-day trip for two to the Galápagos with National Geographic Expeditions, and an incredible chance for two 15-minute portfolio reviews with National Geographic photo editors.
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