It's a one in 20,000 shot, but one of the images below could be National Geographic's Photo of the Year.
Business Insider got a hold of some of this year's candidates and shared them on its website. Here's how it sets up the brilliant, fascinating, and awe-inspiring photos:
Over 20,000 photos are competing in three categories -- people, places and nature. The top winner will be selected among the finalists in these groups and will be awarded $10,000 among other coveted prizes.