The Outdoor Photographer of the Year competition has announced the winners of its eight categories. Now in its sixth year, the prestigious competition attracts the most compelling imagery across landscape, wildlife, nature, travel and adventure from around the planet.

The overall winner – chosen from the category winners – will be announced live on stage at The Photography Show at the NEC, Birmingham on 18 March 2017. The recipient will be heading off on a photography assignment to cover the Fjällräven Polar dogsled expedition, a 300km journey across the Scandinavian Arctic at the beginning of April 2017, courtesy of outdoor gear manufacturer Fjällräven.

The competition received over 17,000 images entered by professional and amateur photographers from over 50 countries. In March 2017, Ammonite Press will publish a book collecting over 160 of the best photos submitted to the competition. IBTimes UK presents some of the shortlisted images from this year's contest.

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