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.