The closing date for the
2015 is rapidly approaching. Photographers have until 16 November to submit entries in three categories: people, places and nature. The grand-prize-winning image will be published in National Geographic magazine, and the winning photographer will National Geographic Photo Contest receive $10,000 (£6,500) and a trip to the National Geographic headquarters in Washington DC.
IBTimes UK will publish a gallery of the winners after they are announced in December. Until then, here are 10 inspiring early entries. Lightning at horseshoe by J Cho: This is my favourite shot because the lightning is a solid line and I can actually see it hitting the hill and it is also reflected in the water J Cho/National Geographic Photo Contest 2015 Entering the Void by D Briggs: A climber rappels into a crevasse while exploring the Hayden Glacier on Middle Sister in the Oregon Cascades. Entering these deep dark spaces makes a person consider the immense size, age, and power of these living rivers of ice D Briggs/National Geographic Photo Contest 2015 Here, humans are the minority... by Steffen Flügel: This was shot in South Georgia – it's just overwhelming standing between hundreds of thousands of penguins. It's not a bad 'minority feeling', but more of a peaceful reassurance that, at least in some places, our planet is still as beautiful as it was before mankind started having a go at it Steffen Flügel/National Geographic Photo Contest 2015 In the realm of cotton grass marsh by Kamil Nureev: Sunset in the forest, Tyumen region, Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District, Russia Kamil Nureev/National Geographic Photo Contest 2015 Rapa das Bestas by Javier Arcenillas: An operation that involves cutting the manes of wild horses in Galicia, Spain Javier Arcenillas/National Geographic Photo Contest 2015 Evening stretch by Ian Duncan: This was one of the most curious squirrels I have ever come across. We sat down to enjoy the view and have a snooze and we were interrupted by this little guy scurrying over our camera bags Ian Duncan/National Geographic Photo Contest 2015 Buffalo Race by Bram Paulussen: Traditional buffalo racing in west Bali Bram Paulussen/National Geographic Photo Contest 2015 After the Race by Bram Paulussen: Cyclocross rider at the finish line Bram Paulussen/National Geographic Photo Contest 2015 Oxford Circus Crowd by Yifei Zheng: Taken immediately after a Jessie J performance, when the Tube station was closed due to overcrowding Yifei Zheng/National Geographic Photo Contest 2015 Innocence of a Queen by Chris Schmid: A lioness captured during an helicopter flight over the Okavango Delta, Botswana Chris Schmid/National Geographic Photo Contest 2015