15 Stunning Photos From The 2016 National Geographic Travel Photographer Contest

What a marvellous little planet this is

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The National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest is now accepting entries, and some of the early photos being showcased are simply mind-blowing.

The winner of the competition gets their hands on an absolutely stellar seven-day polar bear safari for two at the Churchill Wild-Seal River Heritage Lodge with airfare, as well knowing they're one of the best photographers in the world...

Head over now if you'd like to enter, or just flick through the amazing photos. 

Here are 15 of the best...

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Yali, who live in the West Papua Indonesia, is a major tribal group living in a very isolated and inaccessible area of Jayawiijaya mountains east of Baliem Valley (also known as the Yalimo). 

Photo by mattia passarini

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A unique aerial shot of the Golden Gate Bridge in sunrise fog.

Photo taken by Toby Harriman

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A snapshot of an LA freeway interchange as seen from above, allowing the viewer to gain a full appreciation for the bustling motions of the city.

Photo taken by Chris McCann

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A boy enjoys the moment while playing basketball after school.

Photo taken by Wing Ka H

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Trollstigen in Norway. The fog cleared at 1am, as one car came slowly up the steep serpentines.

Photo taken by Christoph Schaarschmidt

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An intimate moment where a herd of elephants are drinking from the Chobe River in Botswana. 

Photo taken by Jaco Marx

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A remarkable sunrise in Tuscany.

Photo taken by Giovanni Modesti

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Two lions play-fighting in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa.

Photo taken by Jaco Marx

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Springbok in front of a dune of Namibian desert.

Photo taken by Doris Landertinger

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Stunning scenery of Salt Lake City, USA.

Photo taken by Kenji Yamamura

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Balanced Rock and a lone tree in Arches National Park.

Photo taken by Manish Mamtani

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Beautiful Uluru lit by lightning. 

Photo taken by Christoph Schaarschmidt

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A waterfall in the State of Goias, Brazil, in the Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park region.

Photo taken by Victor Lima

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A horse agitated by the eruption of Mt Bromo in Probolinggo, East Java, Indonesia. 

Photo by Reynold Dewantara

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Niall founded Lovin' Dublin with a few fairly simple aims: discover new places to eat in Dublin and share simple recipes cooked up in his kitchen.

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