The Best Of The 2016 National Geographic Travel Photographer Of The Year So Far

A shed in Lapland, Finland, with a backdrop of the Northern Lights. Pierre Destribats/National Geographic

National Geographic is synonymous with unbelievable stories and photography of our diverse planet. Their Travel Photographer of the Year contest gathers together some of the most talented amateur and professional photographers from around the world, and this year’s submissions are already as impressive as ever.

So far, they have captured everything from the Northern Lights in Finland to the misty forests of Indonesia, from the vast red expanse of the Namibian desert to warring lions in South Africa.

If you're fortunate and skilled enough to win the contest, the grand prize is a seven-day polar bear safari for two at Churchill Wild-Seal River Heritage Lodge in Manitoba, Canada, and the title of “2016 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year.” Anybody can submit an entry up until May 27, so if you’ve got any snaps from your travels that you're particularly proud of, send them in here.

You can see the whole lot on the National Geographic website, but here's a small selection of the finest nature photographs so far.

A horse appears to panic as Mt. Bromo erupts in Indonesia. Image credit: Reynold Dewantara/National Geographic

A supercell thunderstorm looms over a small town in Blackhawk, South Dakota. Image credit: James Smart/National Geographic.

A scuffle breaks out in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa. Image credit: Jaco Marx/National Geographic.

Balanced Rock and lone tree in Arches National Park, Utah. Image credit: Manish Mamtani/National Geographic.

A lone gazelle against the sand dunes of Namibia. Image credit: Doris Landertinger/National Geographic

Purple rain blesses Uluru, or Ayers Rock, in Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia. Image credit: Christoph Schaarschmidt/National Geographic 

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