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Feather freckled landscapes, surprising sea life encounters, and touching family moments are just a few of the wildlife photos entered into the 2018 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year contest. As the competition heats up, explore nature pictures that capture the unique beauty and intimate moments throughout the animal kingdom. Inspired by what you see? Visit the Nat Geo Travel destination guides and plan your next adventure to see these animals in person.
Think you have the winning photo? Learn how you can enter the 2018 Travel Photographer of the Year contest. Don't delay: The deadline is May 31.