Once again, the National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest is accepting submissions of photos from around the world. Each year, travelers and photographers showcase their most enthralling pictures, taken in the most spectacular places around the globe, in an effort to win a prestigious title and a captivating grand prize.
This year, the grand prize winner will be able to embark on a seven-day Polar Bear Safari in Churchill, Canada with a partner of their choice. Submissions are accepted until May 27, 2016. Below are some of the earlier entries in three categories of the contest: Nature, Cities, and People.
A photo atop Yellow Mountain, after a painstaking climb up the mountain at 3 a.m. and waiting for the picture-perfect moment, which took a few hours. It was -4 degrees.
A polar bear sitting on the sea ice - where it catches its seal prey - in Kaktovik, Alaska.
This image captures the eruption of Mt. Bromo, which seemingly startled the horse even from such a distance.
Tourists swarm to this beautiful field of baby blue eyes (Nemophila menziesii) every spring at the Hitachi Seaside Park in Japan.
The Kazakh people dwell on the Altai Mountains and have a longstanding tradition of eagle hunting that is passed down from father to son. This Kazakh boy will be performing with his eagle at the traditional Eagle Festival in Bayan-Ölgii, Mongolia.
A storm formation known as a supercell builds up over the town of Blackhawk, South Dakota back in June, 2015.
Two foxes dashing across the snow in Biei, Hokkaido, Japan.
An aerial view of the famous Lombard Street in San Francisco. Boasting eight sharp turns, this one-way road is considered to be one of the most crooked streets in the world.
A beautiful kookaburra perched on a branch in Sydney, Australia, with Sydney Harbour and the iconic bridge in picture-perfect view.
Two bears fighting for survival in Katmai National Park, Alaska. At the start of salmon runs, the supply of fish is extremely limited for the bears. So, when one bear managed to catch one, the other bear engaged in a fierce battle with him for the meat.
A magnificent sight caused by the eruption of Piton de la Fournaise, a volcano in Réunion Island.
An "aerial selfie," achieved by flying a drone above oneself while lying down on the ground. The photographers here laid down on a snow-covered bridge and captured this image.
The Kangaroo Island echidna, found only in the wild on Kangaroo Island, South Australia. There are currently fewer than 5,000 adult echidnas remaining, and the Australian Federal Government has officially deemed them to be endangered.
This field of lumpy, green moss was stumbled upon by the photographers while visiting Iceland. The old lava flow had carved the terrain, which is now completely covered in moss.
A photographer was captivated by the "poetic symmetry" of this alligator lying in the middle of the waterway, resulting in this mesmerizing photo.
A forceful wind gust hit a group of travelers as they were riding down the icy Canadian Rockies. The photographer was able to capture this photo despite the unpleasant conditions.
A leopard perched on a tree in the Linyanti safari area, Botswana.
Majestic light flowing into the Jomblang cave in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
A picturesque view of the abundant forest in Adirondack Mountains, painting the landscape in bright, autumn colors.
Trekking into the Everest Base Camp with a herd of yaks and a glorious view of the clear, blue sky.
This photo was captured atop the tallest dunes in the Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado - right before a thunderstorm.
A stunning image that shows just how densely populated Hong Kong truly is. With a small land-to-population ratio, the city expands vertically rather than horizontally.
A kangaroo is seen crossing the road on Kangaroo Island. The ones inhabiting this region are the slowest species of kangaroo, making it extra dangerous for them to cross the road.
The magnificent view of Kalsoy, Faroe Islands. The winter months can be particularly dangerous due to the slippery snow and precipitous cliffs.
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H/T: The Atlantic