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The 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest is under way and accepting entries into four categories: Wildlife, Landscapes, Underwater and Aerials. Entrants from all over the world are expected to send in their best snaps - and this year the competition has been opened up to Kiwis.
The grand prize winner will receive US$10,000 ($13,700), publication in National Geographic Magazine and a feature on National Geographic's Instagram account, @natgeo.
"This contest gives those incredible entries a platform that is seen by millions - including National Geographic's photo editors. The Nature Photographer of the Year contest is a rewarding experience for all involved, from the photographers who enter, to audiences who get to appreciate the incredible talent."