15 of the most beautiful travel photos from around the world

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Havana, Ciudad de La Habana, Cuba
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Romaine W./National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

This year’s National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest is currently in its final week of submissions, and the photos that have already been turned in for consideration are pretty jaw-dropping.

Between three categories (nature, cities, and people), both amateur and professional photographers have been throwing their best work into the ring. The grand prize is a seven-day Polar Bear Safari for two at Churchill Wild: Seal River Heritage Lodge in Manitoba, Canada.

Ahead, see 15 of our favorite photos in the running for this year’s contest, all of which will be judged based on their creativity, photographic quality, and composition.


South Iceland

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Stephen King/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Bangladesh

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David Nam Lip Lee/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Bangkok, Thailand

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Kajan Madrasmail/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

South Africa

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Alison Langevad/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

India

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Claudio Ceriali/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Simon’s Town, Western Cape, South Africa

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Tracey Jennings/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Pavlodar, Kazakhstan

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Ryan Bell/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Tuscany, Italy

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Giovanni Modesti/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Blue Lagoon, Iceland

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Slawek Kozdras/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Havana, Ciudad de La Habana, Cuba

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Romaine W./National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Toronto, Canada

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Florian David/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Jodhpur, India

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Mike Czech/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia

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Stefan Forster/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Tokyo, Japan

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Stephane Mangin/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

The Pinnacles, Western Australia

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Sam Yick/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest