National Geographic is synonymous with unbelievable stories and photography of our diverse planet. Their Travel Photographer of the Year contest gathers together some of the most talented amateur and professional photographers from around the world, and this year’s submissions are already as impressive as ever.
So far, they have captured everything from the Northern Lights in Finland to the misty forests of Indonesia, from the vast red expanse of the Namibian desert to warring lions in South Africa.
If you’re fortunate and skilled enough to win the contest, the grand prize is a seven-day polar bear safari for two at Churchill Wild-Seal River Heritage Lodge in Manitoba, Canada, and the title of “2016 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year.” Anybody can submit an entry up until May 27, so if you’ve got any snaps from your travels that you’re particularly proud of, send them in here.
You can see the whole lot on the National Geographic website, but here’s a small selection of the finest nature photographs so far.