Do these photos have what it takes?
Nat Geo is back at it again with one of the fiercest photography competitions of the year!
The 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest, which is accepting entries until Nov. 16, will be judging photos based on four categories: Landscape, Environmental Issues, Action and Animals Portraits.
In the photo above, captured by Takeshi Marumoto in Nagano, Japan, snowflakes melt into globular water droplets, framing the hairy face of a very zen macaque monkey.
The competition is sure to be steep — and with what's at stake, it makes total sense! According to National Geographic, "the grand-prize winner will receive a 10-day trip for two to the Galápagos with National Geographic Expeditions and two 15-minute image portfolio reviews with National Geographic photo editors."
Interested in entering your work and want to see what kind of competition you're up against? Continue on to see a selection of outstanding photos that have already been submitted to the "Animal Portraits" category, featuring commentary by the respective photographers.