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39 Photos of Animals in Action

Lions, tigers, bears, and eagles—we've curated a selection of stunning wildlife photographs to inspire the nature photographer in you.

Nature photography is part of the fabric of National Geographic. We’ve been showcasing inspiring images from around the world for more than a century. Every year. we put the challenge to our readers to take a turn inspiring us. This year's Nature Photographer of the Year contest is just gearing up, and we've put together a special gallery of animals in action from last year's contest to get you inspired.

Editor's Note: Captions provided by the photographer.
Related: A Close Encounter With a Walrus

Getting the perfect shot of a walrus can be a cold, exhausting task. On assignment in a Greenland fjord, photographer Paul Nicklen explains why—then dives in for a close encounter.


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