Camera IconThis snap of rival giraffes could score its photographer a healthy sum.Picture: National Geographic / Leinani Shak Yosaitis.

IT was neck and neck, but in the end this photo of two giraffes was always going to be a strong contender for the National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest.

Although these two appear to have had a falling-out and can barely stand to look at each other, their double-headed entry is going to be hard to beat. The competition has three categories — Nature, Cities and People — and the grand-prize winner will be awarded $13,200.

Always a source of fascination to wildlife watchers, fully grown giraffes can measure more than 5m tall, with the tallest recorded male hitting 5.88m.

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