Lions, penguins, and crabs, oh my! Get close to wildlife through amazing photos

Kimberly Perry/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

At the Out of Africa Wildlife Reserve in Camp Verde, Arizona a lion yawns in the mid-afternoon sun.

For the 24th year in a row, National Geographic is accepting photos from people around the world as part of their Traveler Photo Contest. Submissions include places, people, and yes, wildlife!

All of this year’s submissions look amazing, but the photos of wildlife among this year’s entries took our breath away. Take a peek at some of our favorite photos below.

Lucia Maugham/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

This beautiful photo was taken at the chinstrap penguin colony on the Antarctic Peninsula.

Amanda Stronza/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

Zebras form strong family bonds over many years. Together they can stand down any lion, any photographer.

Paul Bild/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

Japanese macaque thermal stretching exercises.

David Baluk/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

At the watering hole.

David Shepley/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

A Sally Lightfoot Crab on Island Isabella.

Stacey Moser/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

A silverback gorilla on a lazy afternoon.

Stacey Moser/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

Oscar Meyer: Don’t be fooled by his cuteness.

If you’re interested in submitting a photo, you can do so on the National Geographic website.

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