The wonderful finalists in Agora's global photography photography competition

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From a chameleon with long tongues to a game-bound island in the Philippines: The wonderful finalists in a global nature photography competition

  • More than 11,086 images were submitted for the # Nature2020 photography contest, run by photo app Agora
  • The 50 finalists are open with the winner selected by public vote and announced on March 4
  • Submissions include a photo of a long-tongued chameleon who is about to pop into his live-in diner in Jakarta

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What a wonderful world indeed.

These breathtaking images show planet Earth in all its natural splendor.

From exotic animals with very heavy tongues to landscapes that have been sketched through time and weather, photographers wanted to showcase the beauty of Mother Nature for a competition run by photo app Agora.

Locations include the jungles of Indonesia, the rugged coastline of Iceland and the ancient sands of Namibia.

From 11,086 submissions, judges went on to select 50 finalists. The winner of # Nature2020 will be selected by public vote and announced on March 4.

Scroll down and take a trip of a lifetime out of the comfort of your seat, thanks to 17 of the talented Agora finalists we've selected …

Hong Kong photographer @ leemumford8 conquered the island of Palawan in & # 39; El Nido municipality in & # 39; a western Philippines. He said of the shooting: & # 39; El Nido had some of & # 39; most breathtaking landscapes. These enormous mountains stretched the ocean, creating a landscape like no other. As soon as I saw this island, I knew it would make for some great pictures. My girlfriend and I spent a solid hour kayaking against the wind on this island. I wanted to show the insane scale of this place. To help add to the scale, I waited for a boat to leave the beach. Mother Nature is so beautiful when she leaves to her own devices & # 39;

The Indonesian photographer @ georock888 said of this incredible photo that shows a chameleon with long tongues in Jakarta: & # 39; I had to wait a long time to take this shot! It took a lot of patience. I had to adjust the speed to & # 39; camera when & # 39; t the chameleon ate his dinner (that was a dragonfly!) & # 39;

The Indonesian photographer @ georock888 said of this incredible photo that shows a chameleon with long tongues in Jakarta: & # 39; I had to wait a long time to take this shot! It took a lot of patience. I had to adjust the speed to & # 39; camera when & # 39; t the chameleon ate his dinner (that was a dragonfly!) & # 39;

British photographer @jamesxtheo said of this vertigo-inducing snap that shows & # 39; Mount Seceda in & # 39; Dolomites, Italy: & # 39; This was shot in late summer, the temperature was below freezing and the hot winds made it even colder. The next day, this place was covered in snow! & # 39;

British photographer @jamesxtheo said of this vertigo-inducing snap that shows & # 39; Mount Seceda in & # 39; Dolomites, Italy: & # 39; This was shot in late summer, the temperature was below freezing and the hot winds made it even colder. The next day, this place was covered in snow! & # 39;

To get this close-up shot of a camouflaged crocodile Indonesian photographer @yensentan approach the scaled reptile as quietly as possible, in order to & # 39; t be & # 39; normally respond to sound and movement & # 39;

To get this close-up of a camouflaged crocodile Indonesian photographer @yensentan approach the scaled reptile as silently as possible, in order to & # 39; t be & # 39; most responsive to sound and movement & # 39;

Photographer @caokynhan captured this incredible shot when he traveled through Vietnam's central highland region. He said, & # 39; I walked a lot of difficult roads to climb to the top of this mountain, where & # 39; I could see the high hills below. I have come here many times, but I had never seen the mist in the mountains this way. It was a very beautiful feeling & # 39;

Photographer @caokynhan captured this incredible shot when he traveled through Vietnam's central highland region. He said, & # 39; I walked a lot of difficult roads to climb to the top of this mountain, where & # 39; I could see the high hills below. I have come here many times, but I had never seen the mist in the mountains this way. It was a very beautiful feeling & # 39;

Photographer @ mits4772 has taken this incredible photo of a tiger during tours in the Pench Tiger Reserve in India

Photographer @ mits4772 has taken this incredible photo of a tiger during tours in the Pench Tiger Reserve in India

A lonely bird sits atop a tree in this golden photo of a sunset in Kenya, Africa, created by Pakistani photographer @someguybehindthecamera. He said of & # 39; s image: & # 39; The light was about to go out completely when I saw this tree and fortunately got this shot. I wanted to spend peace and peace through this image & # 39;

A lonely bird sits atop a tree in this golden photo of a sunset in Kenya, Africa, created by Pakistani photographer @someguybehindthecamera. He said of & # 39; s image: & # 39; The light was about to go out completely when I saw this tree and fortunately got this shot. I wanted to spend peace and peace through this image & # 39;

Belgian photographer @notanothermica titled this shot, taken in Vietnam, & # 39; Waterfall Paradise & # 39;

Belgian photographer @notanothermica titled this shot, taken in Vietnam, & # 39; Waterfall Paradise & # 39;

This beautiful photo of rocks dripping with foliage through a waterfall in Vietnam was taken by Spanish photographer @jordisark

This beautiful photo of rocks dripping with foliage through a waterfall in Vietnam was taken by Spanish photographer @jordisark

Norwegian photographer @ øystein said of this atmospheric shot that Kirkjufell Mountain in Iceland shows: & # 39; This is nature at its most dramatic - fantastic light and snowdrop is an unusual combination. I wanted to present the majestic mountain as the main object & # 39;

Norwegian photographer @ øystein said of this atmospheric shot that Kirkjufell Mountain in Iceland shows: & # 39; This is nature at its most dramatic – fantastic light and snowdrop is an unusual combination. I wanted to present the majestic mountain as the main object & # 39;

Italian photographer @ heisen22 captured a fox on & # 39; e prowl then & # 39; t he in & # 39; traveled around the island of Hokkaido in Japan this winter

Italian photographer @ heisen22 captured a fox on & # 39; e prowl then & # 39; t he in & # 39; traveled around the island of Hokkaido in Japan this winter

Indonesian cameraman @novian_altelucav simply titled this image & # 39; paradise & # 39 ;. He said of the shot that was made in & # 39; Central Sulawesi province of Indonesia: & # 39; I had trouble taking this photo, so the path to travel there was quite difficult, and I was quick to take some pictures. The water was so clear! & # 39;

Indonesian cameraman @novian_altelucav simply titled this image & # 39; paradise & # 39 ;. He said of the shot that was made in & # 39; Central Sulawesi province of Indonesia: & # 39; I had trouble taking this photo, so the path to travel there was quite difficult, and I was quick to take some pictures. The water was so clear! & # 39;

A spin is ready for his portrait in this striking close-up shot by Indonesian photographer @ achmadkamal92

A spin is ready for his portrait in this striking close-up shot by Indonesian photographer @ achmadkamal92

American photographer @thejosiah captioned this photo that was taken in his native country & # 39; the open road calls & # 39;

American photographer @thejosiah captioned this photo that was taken in his native country & # 39; the open road calls & # 39;

The sun casts a golden glow on a dune in Namibia. The aerial photo was taken by British photographer @joeshelly

The sun casts a golden glow on a dune in Namibia. The aerial photo was taken by British photographer @joeshelly

The waterfall of Hengifoss in Iceland is captured in all its glory by German photographer @kveikjan. The photo was taken in the & # 39; summer months, with light from & # 39; the beautiful midnight sun that created a moody mood

The waterfall of Hengifoss in Iceland is captured in all its glory by German photographer @kveikjan. The photo was taken in the & # 39; summer months, with light from & # 39; the beautiful midnight sun that created a moody mood

British photographer @cannonmatt waited for Iceland in the summer months to get a shot of Kirkjufell mountain carpet in green. It was one of the movie locations for Game of Thrones. He said, & # 39; I wanted to convey the scale and versatile landscape of Iceland and, unlike most perceptions of & # 39; the people of Iceland, how prosperous and green the country can be & # 39 ;.

British photographer @cannonmatt waited for Iceland in the summer months to get a shot of Kirkjufell mountain carpet in green. It was one of the movie locations for Game of Thrones. He said, & # 39; I wanted to convey the scale and versatile landscape of Iceland and, unlike most perceptions of & # 39; people across Iceland, how prosperous and green the country can be & # 39 ;.

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