The National Geographic has always been a showcase for the world's most evocative photography, and its prestigious annual photography contests never fail to attract the most talented professional photographers from around the globe.

The 2016 Travel Photographer Of The Year Competition is no exception, and as you can see from the selection of stunning pictures below, this year's judges have no easy task in choosing the best photos from these amazing entries.

The Grand Prize on offer is a 7-day Polar Bear Safari for two (including airfare) at Churchill Wild-Seal River Heritage Lodge in Manitoba, Canada. But the real prize of the photo contest is simply being named National Geographic's Travel Photographer of the Year. The travel photography competition ends on May 27 so you've still got time to enter. So what are you waiting for? Grab your camera and go snap some beautiful photos!

More info: National Geographic

#1

Jonas Blizzard And The Flatiron Building, New York, United States

Jonas Blizzard And The Flatiron Building, New York, United States

Michele Palazzo Report

Trina Risos
Community Member
4 years ago

Surreal!

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#2

Beast, South Dakota, United States

Beast, South Dakota, United States

James Smart Report

Trina Risos
Community Member
4 years ago

Nature in all its glory.

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#3

Wherever You Go, I Will Follow You, Japan

Wherever You Go, I Will Follow You, Japan

Hiroki Inoue Report

Trina Risos
Community Member
4 years ago

Calm yet so dynamic.

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#4

Mystic Shed, Finland

Mystic Shed, Finland

Pierre Destribats Report

Aleem Chaudhry
Community Member
4 years ago

my personal favourite

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#5

Golden Sunrise, Tuscany, Italy

Golden Sunrise, Tuscany, Italy

Giovanni Modesti Report

Karolis Kaminskas
Community Member
4 years ago

This one should be 1 or 2.

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#6

Family Ties, Japan

Family Ties, Japan

Takeshi Marumoto Report

Paul Dunne
Community Member
4 years ago

Joanne Dunne and Oisin Dunne

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#7

Blizzard In The Mountains, Switzerland

Blizzard In The Mountains, Switzerland

Julia Wimmerlin Report

Launa Rae
Community Member
4 years ago

it's a bit like Snowpiercer

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#8

Trollstigen, Norway

Trollstigen, Norway

Christoph Schaarschmidt Report

Jeanett Nyberg
Community Member
4 years ago

Dramatic and beautiful, ????

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#9

Namibian Desert, Namibia

Namibian Desert, Namibia

Doris Landertinger Report

Veliko Fotev
Community Member
4 years ago

what is this up the field?

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#10

Terraces Village In The Mist, China

Terraces Village In The Mist, China

Thierry Bornier Report

Lisa Georgette
Community Member
4 years ago

I really like this one.

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#11

Farming The Sea, China

Farming The Sea, China

Tugo Cheng Report

Deborah Rutenberg
Community Member
4 years ago

incredible..really

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#12

Childhood, China

Childhood, China

Wing Ka H Report

Lisa Georgette
Community Member
4 years ago

Colourful

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#13

Ballet Dancer, Japan

Ballet Dancer, Japan

Hiroshi Tanita Report

Ikkaku Kempachi
Community Member
4 years ago

Where exactly is this

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#14

Misty At Cemoro Lawang, Indonesia

Misty At Cemoro Lawang, Indonesia

Achmad Sumawijaya Report

Lex Curry
Community Member
4 years ago

Beautiful.

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#15

Fascination, Japan

Fascination, Japan

Katsuyoshi Nakahara Report

Felicia Luca
Community Member
4 years ago

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#16

Havanna, Cuba

Havanna, Cuba

Toni Wallachy Report

Alicia Margarita Machin Mastromatteo
Community Member
4 years ago

I don't understand how some people look up to the cuban regime. This is so sad. It looks like a war was fought there.

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#17

Selfie Taken With A Drone, New Hampshire, United States

Selfie Taken With A Drone, New Hampshire, United States

Manish Mamtani Report

Trina Risos
Community Member
4 years ago

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind :)

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#18

Blue Heaven, Japan

Blue Heaven, Japan

Hidenobu Suzuki Report

Arrah Gonzales
Community Member
4 years ago

What flower is this?

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#19

Children With Painted Face, Ethiopia

Children With Painted Face, Ethiopia

Massimo Rumi Report

Trina Risos
Community Member
4 years ago

It takes a great eye to capture this moment.

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#20

Lombard Street, San Francisco, United States

Lombard Street, San Francisco, United States

Toby Harriman Report

Arrah Gonzales
Community Member
4 years ago

Is this the world's most crooked street? ^_^

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#21

The Spaceship, Antarctica

The Spaceship, Antarctica

Massimo Rumi Report

IAmBecauseWeAre
Community Member
4 years ago

So eerie and beautiful

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#22

Timeless Lunch, China

Timeless Lunch, China

Karen Morris-Lanz Report

Ahmad Fathillah
Community Member
4 years ago

Secret Formulae: Don't eat McD

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#23

Beneath The Eiffel Tower, France

Beneath The Eiffel Tower, France

Alejandro Merizalde Report

Postolache Gabriel
Community Member
4 years ago

Romanian engineering at it's best :D

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#24

On Guard, Indonesia

On Guard, Indonesia

Reynold Dewantara Report

Ann Reeves
Community Member
4 years ago

I'd like to say I like this photo but I can't see past him hauling on that poor horses mouth :-(

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#25

La Fournaise Volcano, Réunion Island

La Fournaise Volcano, Réunion Island

Gaby Barathieu Report

Kathleen Dixon
Community Member
4 years ago

The power and majesty of the earth recreating herself.

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#26

Tombstone Impression, Yukon, Canada

Tombstone Impression, Yukon, Canada

Victor Liu Report

Wagner Rodrigues
Community Member
4 years ago

lord of the rings vibes on this

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#27

Yemeni Fortress, Wadi Dohan, Yemen

Yemeni Fortress, Wadi Dohan, Yemen

Paul Nevin Report

Kathleen Dixon
Community Member
4 years ago

Wish I was there at that exact moment.

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#28

Sunrise Over Bagan, Myanmar

Sunrise Over Bagan, Myanmar

Michael Kovler Report

Trina Risos
Community Member
4 years ago

This is so beautiful. I'm lost for words <3

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#29

Balanced Rock, Utah

Balanced Rock, Utah

Manish Mamtani Report

Heysax
Community Member
4 years ago

It's so beautiful!! I've been there but want to go back at night now.

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#30

Yalimo, West Papua Indonesia

Yalimo, West Papua Indonesia

Mattia Passarini Report

Mick Fowler
Community Member
4 years ago

The third fellow from the left sat in front of me in a movie theatre once , I think.

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#31

Urban Jungle, Hong Kong, China

Urban Jungle, Hong Kong, China

Andy Yeung Report

Heysax
Community Member
4 years ago

Pretty pic but for me, being there would be sensory overload!

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#32

Winding Roads, Morocco

Winding Roads, Morocco

Angiolo Manetti Report

Michele Kornaus
Community Member
4 years ago

Love this The colors are stunning!

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#33

I Am Not Superman, Indonesia

I Am Not Superman, Indonesia

Achmad Sumawijaya Report

Frimpong Poku-Dankwa
Community Member
4 years ago

Ouch!

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#34

Powered Sight, Uluru, Australia

Powered Sight, Uluru, Australia

Christoph Schaarschmidt Report

John Doe
Community Member
4 years ago

Thor cometh!

#35

Where Is My Boat, Morocco

Where Is My Boat, Morocco

Suhaimi Abdullah Report

IAmBecauseWeAre
Community Member
4 years ago

Lovely colors

#36

Moment of Impact, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa

Moment of Impact, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa

Jaco Marx Report

Jennifer Gorman
Community Member
4 years ago

Wow, this takes my breath!!!

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#37

Pied Piper Of Ladhak, India

Pied Piper Of Ladhak, India

Saify Naqvi Report

Kim Binder
Community Member
4 years ago

Beautiful lighting.