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The Nature Conservancy Photo Contest Finals Are Here, And They Are Absolutely Beautiful

11/23/2013 05:51 pm ET

The world really is a beautiful place.

The Nature Conservancy's annual photo contest is coming to a close after receiving more than 16,000 stunning entries. The submissions have been whittled down to the final nine, and now the organization is asking for the public's help to choose a winner. The top 6 photos will be featured in the group's 2015 Conservancy calendar and the grand prize winner will be highlighted on the cover.

Take a look at the shots below, and then head over the contest's website between now and December 23 to vote.

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