National Geographic's 'The Great Nature Project' Showcases Global Biodiversity (PHOTOS)

09/27/2013 08:31 am ET

Do you like stunning photos of animals and nature? Does the power of people working together routinely amaze you? And would you be interested in breaking a Guinness World Record?

Well, then National Geographic has an endeavor for you.

The Great Nature Project, launched Sept. 21, gathers photos from around the globe to showcase the Earth's biodiversity. But rather than just sending out its own talented photographers, National Geographic has asked users to upload their photos and share via social media using the hashtag #GreatNature.

The collection so far spans thousands of images, with stunning shots originating from the Serengeti to the Antarctic. In addition to the wealth of user-uploaded content, celebrities such as Joe Jonas, Danica Patrick and Michelle Obama have curated galleries of their favorite pictures. Google Maps even submitted a gallery full of images that are both intentional shots of wildlife, such as monkeys swimming in the hot springs of Japan's Jigokudani Monkey Park, and unintentional snaps where animals felt like photobombing Google Street View.

And not to leave it at simply sharing cool photos, National Geographic Kids looks to break the Guinness World Record for the largest online photo album of animals. Users are encouraged to use the #GreatNature tag along with #animal to help the magazine claim the title.

Check out a few of the incredible images in the slideshow below, and submit yours for consideration through Sept. 29 by using the hashtag #GreatNature. For more information and the complete set of stunning photos, head to The Great Nature Project's website.

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