The National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year competition is going to be stiff this year as first look at some of the images contending for the top spot is already creating headlines the world over.
Thousands of entries have poured in from people across the globe including professional photographers and amateurs holidaying the planet earth.
Striking scenes of buffalo under the stars, river deltas in south Iceland and daredevils straddling trains in Bangladesh are just some of the shots captured in the world’s most stunning locations.
The National Geographic’s annual competition celebrates the best in travel photography.
The contest encourages people to come up with their stunning travel experiences from around the globe.
The last day to submit entries in May 27.
The grand prize winner will receive a seven-day polar bear photo safari for two in Churchill, Manitoba, in Canada’s Arctic – the self-proclaimed polar bear capital of the world and a popular destination for nature photographers.
Here is a compilation of the most visually striking entries so far, photos that will transport you to the edge of the world.
Click next to see the spectacular photos of the National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year competition!