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These Are Some of the Incredible Candidates for Nat Geo's 'Photo of the Year

When does childhood become adulthood? When does snack time become lunch at your desk? When did safety shift from blankies to insurance? When did magic turn into illusion? Childhood. When the whole world is magic. Photo and caption by Mei Ratz /National Geographic Photo Contest

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.

We've included some of the pictures below. You can see the rest at Business Insider and National Geographic:





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