Fuel your wanderlust with pics of nature that’ll take your breath away

Updated On May 08, 2016 10:49 AM IST
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The National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest is now underway. Delve into a world of escapism with some of these standout images from the competition. (National Geographic)
Updated on May 08, 2016 10:49 AM IST

The National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest is now underway. Delve into a world of escapism with some of these standout images from the competition. (National Geographic)

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These pictures, whose captions were written by the photographers, capture raw beauty in places across the globe. Fancy putting your own photography skills to the test? Send in your entries by 27 May 2016 to be in with a chance of winning a seven-day polar bear photo safari for two at Churchill Wild - Seal River Heritage Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World. (National Geographic)
Updated on May 08, 2016 10:49 AM IST

These pictures, whose captions were written by the photographers, capture raw beauty in places across the globe. Fancy putting your own photography skills to the test? Send in your entries by 27 May 2016 to be in with a chance of winning a seven-day polar bear photo safari for two at Churchill Wild - Seal River Heritage Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World. (National Geographic)

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‘Balanced rock’ in Utah, United States: Balanced Rock and lone tree in Arches National Park. (Photo and caption by Manish Mamtani) (National Geographic)
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‘Balanced rock’ in Utah, United States: Balanced Rock and lone tree in Arches National Park. (Photo and caption by Manish Mamtani) (National Geographic)

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‘Blue heaven’ in Mawatari, Ibaraki, Japan: When the views of the world was a beautiful color, people would be very happy. We pleased to be alive. It is the spring of superb view. All is blue world. (Photo and caption by Hidenobu Suzuki) (National Geographic)
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‘Blue heaven’ in Mawatari, Ibaraki, Japan: When the views of the world was a beautiful color, people would be very happy. We pleased to be alive. It is the spring of superb view. All is blue world. (Photo and caption by Hidenobu Suzuki) (National Geographic)

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‘Misty at Cemoro Lawang’ in Malang, East Java, Indonesia: Misty morning, fill in Cemoro lawang village in Mount Bromo East Java, I taken this picture from Pananjakan Hills II. (Photo and caption by Achmad Sumawijaya) (National Geographic)
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‘Misty at Cemoro Lawang’ in Malang, East Java, Indonesia: Misty morning, fill in Cemoro lawang village in Mount Bromo East Java, I taken this picture from Pananjakan Hills II. (Photo and caption by Achmad Sumawijaya) (National Geographic)

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‘Tree of life’ in Koehn Lake, Mojave Desert, California: Incredibly beautiful and extremely remote, shot from a plane at approximately 1,500 feet above the ground. (Photo and caption by Jassen T) (National Geographic)
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‘Tree of life’ in Koehn Lake, Mojave Desert, California: Incredibly beautiful and extremely remote, shot from a plane at approximately 1,500 feet above the ground. (Photo and caption by Jassen T) (National Geographic)

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‘The wave’ in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States: Long drive and long hike but it was truly worth to see this scenery. The shutter sound was echoing around. It was my pleasure to frame this moment. (Photo and caption by Kenji Yamamura) (National Geographic)
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‘The wave’ in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States: Long drive and long hike but it was truly worth to see this scenery. The shutter sound was echoing around. It was my pleasure to frame this moment. (Photo and caption by Kenji Yamamura) (National Geographic)

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‘Ballet dancer’ in Biei, Hokkaido, Japan: When a Japanese larch’s twig was exposed to illumination, looked like hands and feet. it was like the ballet dancer. (Photo and caption by Hiroshi Tanita) (National Geographic)
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‘Ballet dancer’ in Biei, Hokkaido, Japan: When a Japanese larch’s twig was exposed to illumination, looked like hands and feet. it was like the ballet dancer. (Photo and caption by Hiroshi Tanita) (National Geographic)

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‘Powered sight’ in Yulara, Northern Territory, Australia: I had heard a lot about how beautiful Uluru should look like when it rains. But I never believed that I would see it with my own eyes because the red center of Australia is a very arid area. That’s one of the reasons why Uluru is such a special place for the Anangu - the local aboriginal clan. If it rains, the water fills up the reservoirs around the rock, the only water source for several kilometers. This makes the Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park to special place for lots of rare animals as well. (Photo and caption by Christoph Schaarschmidt) (National Geographic)
Updated on May 08, 2016 10:49 AM IST

‘Powered sight’ in Yulara, Northern Territory, Australia: I had heard a lot about how beautiful Uluru should look like when it rains. But I never believed that I would see it with my own eyes because the red center of Australia is a very arid area. That’s one of the reasons why Uluru is such a special place for the Anangu - the local aboriginal clan. If it rains, the water fills up the reservoirs around the rock, the only water source for several kilometers. This makes the Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park to special place for lots of rare animals as well. (Photo and caption by Christoph Schaarschmidt) (National Geographic)

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‘Beast’ in Blackhawk, South Dakota, United States: Amazing supercell produces over the town of Blackhawk, South Dakota back on June 1st 2015. Flash flooding would occur near Rapid City. (Photo and caption by James Smart) (National Geographic)
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‘Beast’ in Blackhawk, South Dakota, United States: Amazing supercell produces over the town of Blackhawk, South Dakota back on June 1st 2015. Flash flooding would occur near Rapid City. (Photo and caption by James Smart) (National Geographic)

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‘Trollstigen’ in Bø, More og Romsdal, Norway: I took this photo in july 2014 at Trollstigen in Norway. Standing there alone in the fog, I was waiting for the view to become clear. And then it happened, the fog disappeared and though it was 1 am already, one car came slowly up the steep serpentines. It was my dream for a long time to take a photo of lighttrails like this in Norway - and it was just an awesome feeling that it worked out on the most beautiful and famous street. A few minutes later the fog returned, even thicker than before. (Photo and caption by Christoph Schaarschmidt) (National Geographic)
Updated on May 08, 2016 10:49 AM IST

‘Trollstigen’ in Bø, More og Romsdal, Norway: I took this photo in july 2014 at Trollstigen in Norway. Standing there alone in the fog, I was waiting for the view to become clear. And then it happened, the fog disappeared and though it was 1 am already, one car came slowly up the steep serpentines. It was my dream for a long time to take a photo of lighttrails like this in Norway - and it was just an awesome feeling that it worked out on the most beautiful and famous street. A few minutes later the fog returned, even thicker than before. (Photo and caption by Christoph Schaarschmidt) (National Geographic)

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‘Star dune’ in Death Valley Junction, California, United States: This photo is shot shortly after sunrise at mesquite dunes. George Lucas has chosen this location for some scenes of Star Wars The blue background is not the sky. This are mountains in the distance. (Photo and caption by Johannes Öhl) (National Geographic)
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‘Star dune’ in Death Valley Junction, California, United States: This photo is shot shortly after sunrise at mesquite dunes. George Lucas has chosen this location for some scenes of Star Wars The blue background is not the sky. This are mountains in the distance. (Photo and caption by Johannes Öhl) (National Geographic)

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‘Wherever you go, I will follow you!’ in Biei, Hokkaido, Japan: Romance is in the air. It was the time of day immediately following sunset. I heard a voice. “Wherever you go, I will follow you” the voice says. (Photo and caption by Hiroki Inoue) (National Geographic)
Updated on May 08, 2016 10:49 AM IST

‘Wherever you go, I will follow you!’ in Biei, Hokkaido, Japan: Romance is in the air. It was the time of day immediately following sunset. I heard a voice. “Wherever you go, I will follow you” the voice says. (Photo and caption by Hiroki Inoue) (National Geographic)

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‘Village in the mist’: Captured this image early morning waiting for one week until I get the right mood of light and fog. (Photo and caption by Thierry Bornier) (National Geographic)
Updated on May 08, 2016 10:49 AM IST

‘Village in the mist’: Captured this image early morning waiting for one week until I get the right mood of light and fog. (Photo and caption by Thierry Bornier) (National Geographic)

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