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This baby hummingbird was separated from his mother, but managed to fly back to her soon after the picture was taken. (Emily Riley/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of theYear)

National Geographic Nature Photographer Competition - the most breathtaking entries so far

The race is nearly over to find the photos “that showcase the awe-inspiring and diverse natural world around us”.

Entries for the National Geographic Nature Photographer competition close on 4 November.

A number of spectacular pictures have already been entered into the competition, showing some of nature’s most epic moments.  

Beautiful landscapes, wild environments and dramatic wildlife shots all feature among the best entries.

The 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.

Here are some of the best entries so far.