Daredevils straddling trains in Bangladesh and an ominous shark in a kelp forest in Cape Town – these are spectacular images that every traveller would be proud to have taken.
Captured in some of the world’s most stunning locations, the snaps reveal the beauty of nature and urban landscapes in jaw-dropping style.
The images are among the most breathtaking shots that are in the running for National Geographic’s coveted Travel Photographer of the Year contest, which is currently in its final week of submissions.
The annual competition celebrates the best in travel photography with entrants submitting snaps from destinations such as an Australian national park, vibrant Bangkok and San Francisco.
National Geographic invites photographers to submit photos for the opportunity to be named the 2016 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year.
You don’t need to travel far from cities to visit Narnia. This 7 gill shark was photographed in a kelp forest just off the shore of Simonstown near Cape Town. Location: Simon’s Town, Western Cape, South Africa
One of a series of aerial shots taken from a helicopter over the fabulous river deltas in South Iceland. This one depicts the end of the journey for one river as it winds its way to the ocean. The brilliant colors are a result of mineral deposits picked up by the glacial waters. We were lucky to shoot on a gorgeously sunny day which really brought out the colors.Location: South Iceland
Colorful market in Bangkok city, Thailand. Location: Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand
…but I am not the only one
A lonely zebra in the midst of a field full of flowers. Near Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, Africa.
In the still of a star lit night, buffalo cautiously approach to quench their thirst. A long exposure with light painting allows me to capture the moment forever. Location: South Africa
Time To Go Home
The youngsters are having fun at the roof top of the train. There are too many people who rushing home after the Bishwa Ijtema at Tongi train station of Bangladesh. Location: Bangladesh
The Colourful Ho Chi Minh City
This is taken from the 12th floor of a hostel. Me and my friends were amazed how beautiful is the night view, let alone the vibrant side of Ho Chi Minh City in the morning. Location: Cây Bàng Một, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
San Francisco from 5,000 ft above the bay
Taken on a clear day from the air. I was lucky enough to have my camera with me, and the weather was right for the shot. You can see the Bay Bridge in the foreground and the Golden Gate in the background. Location: Alameda Point, California, United States
First Light – Two Medicine Lake
Two Medicine Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana – We drove early morning from St. Mary’s Lodge to see the sunrise at Two Medicine lake in Glacier National Park. There were no clouds but the lake water was so calm, it created perfect reflection of the red light kissing the Sinopah Mountain. As there was no wind in the morning, the colorful rocks in the foreground were visible. Location: Two Medicine Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana
Elephants hold onto each others tails as they walk the fields of The Crags Elephant Sanctuary, Plettenberg Bay. Location: Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape, South Africa
On fire @ Pinnacles WA
Rain in the Desert
Over the last 7 years I had one aim – photograph rain in the driest desert of Africa. In 2015 finally I found the rain. In the breathtaking scenery of the Namibrand-Park right at the border of the Namib Naukluft Nationalpark. An enormous thunderstorm came in and the setting sun created a wonderful rainbow. The challenge was, to not have my shadow in the picture.
On the Top of the World
The shot is the result of a magical, powerful instant seen from the top of Sonchaux (CH), a day when the clouds were particularly low. I though I was like immersed in a fairytale, out of every human scale.
A beautiful sunrise in Tuscany. Location: San Quirico d’Orcia, Tuscany, Italy
Horse Foal with Rim Light
In the Pavlodar region of northeast Kazakhstan, horsemen drive their herd to a corral where they’ll spend the night. Kazakhs must guard their animals at all times against horse thieves (a time-honored tradition in Kazakshtan) and predators like the steppe wolf. Pastoralists have lived in this region of Kazakhstan for at least 5,000 years. Archeologists have discovered the oldest-known remains of a domesticated horse at a sight located about 100 miles from where I took this picture. Location: Pavlodar, Pavlodar, Kazakhstan