The closing date for the 2015 National Geographic Photo Contest 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 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.