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

#2

Beast, South Dakota, United States

Beast, South Dakota, United States

James Smart Report

#3

Wherever You Go, I Will Follow You, Japan

Wherever You Go, I Will Follow You, Japan

Hiroki Inoue Report

#5

Golden Sunrise, Tuscany, Italy

Golden Sunrise, Tuscany, Italy

Giovanni Modesti Report

#7

Blizzard In The Mountains, Switzerland

Blizzard In The Mountains, Switzerland

Julia Wimmerlin Report

#10

Terraces Village In The Mist, China

Terraces Village In The Mist, China

Thierry Bornier Report

#11

Farming The Sea, China

Farming The Sea, China

Tugo Cheng Report

#12

Childhood, China

Childhood, China

Wing Ka H Report

Louann Chapman
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I cannot even begin to relate to living like this!

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#14

Misty At Cemoro Lawang, Indonesia

Misty At Cemoro Lawang, Indonesia

Achmad Sumawijaya Report

Daria B
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Looks a bit like ancient east Asian paintings.

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#16

Havanna, Cuba

Havanna, Cuba

Toni Wallachy Report

Frimpong Poku-Dankwa
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That car reminds me of the Coca Cola branding!

Simon
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Welcome to Marxism in its most pure state!

Alicia Margarita Machin Mastromatteo
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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.

J. Guigon
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Never fear! Soon enough it will be covered in the garish logos, branding and advertising US travellers will expect.

Ahmad Fathillah
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I thought in a second it was Syiria after war

Heather Kegler
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Beautiful. I hope to visit someday.

John Doe
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What year was this photo taken?

Mike Mac
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Now I can visit, but this pic doesn't inspire me to go. Now I can visit, but this pic isn't inspiring me to go.

Christian Hill
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Castro did a good job destroying that beautiful country.

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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

#19

Children With Painted Face, Ethiopia

Children With Painted Face, Ethiopia

Massimo Rumi Report

#20

Lombard Street, San Francisco, United States

Lombard Street, San Francisco, United States

Toby Harriman Report

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#21

The Spaceship, Antarctica

The Spaceship, Antarctica

Massimo Rumi Report

#22

Timeless Lunch, China

Timeless Lunch, China

Karen Morris-Lanz Report

#23

Beneath The Eiffel Tower, France

Beneath The Eiffel Tower, France

Alejandro Merizalde Report

#24

On Guard, Indonesia

On Guard, Indonesia

Reynold Dewantara Report

#25

La Fournaise Volcano, Réunion Island

La Fournaise Volcano, Réunion Island

Gaby Barathieu Report

#26

Tombstone Impression, Yukon, Canada

Tombstone Impression, Yukon, Canada

Victor Liu Report

#27

Yemeni Fortress, Wadi Dohan, Yemen

Yemeni Fortress, Wadi Dohan, Yemen

Paul Nevin Report

#28

Sunrise Over Bagan, Myanmar

Sunrise Over Bagan, Myanmar

Michael Kovler Report

Trina Risos
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

Brodie Moffat
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Hong Kong is a country.. It's not exactly in China anymore.

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#32

Winding Roads, Morocco

Winding Roads, Morocco

Angiolo Manetti Report

#34

Powered Sight, Uluru, Australia

Powered Sight, Uluru, Australia

Christoph Schaarschmidt Report

#35

Where Is My Boat, Morocco

Where Is My Boat, Morocco

Suhaimi Abdullah Report

#36

Moment of Impact, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa

Moment of Impact, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa

Jaco Marx Report

#37

Pied Piper Of Ladhak, India

Pied Piper Of Ladhak, India

Saify Naqvi Report