National Geographic is known for producing some of the best photography around, and each year, it rewards great photographers (both amateur and professional) with trips to far-flung locales through the National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest. The 2017 contest is accepting entries until June 30, but below are a few of the outstanding images that have already been submitted.
Photographer Takahiro Bessho of Japan writes: "Lake Yogo, called 'The lake of Mirror,' sometimes reflects everything in front of you."
As English photographer Adam Cunningham-White describes, "This photo captures the moment that I, along with three other Sami reindeer herders become a little lost while migrating with 350 reindeer. They were rounded up from a section of forest around 30 kilometers [about 19 miles] south of this point. Our goal was to take them, via rivers, northwards to pastures new using the network of rivers and lakes that flow through Sweden."
According to photographer Stas Bartnikas, this "aerial shot was taken in Death Valley National Park from a small plane."
Tokyo photographer Takashi describes the process of taking this image: “Mt Fuji is a treasure trove of mysterious shaped clouds. Various forms of clouds appear when a fast air current blows over the Mt Fuji. I stayed in the car during the night at the Inokashira forest road about 0.8 miles above sea level about 25 miles west of Mt Fuji. The small clouds that appeared before dawn grew bigger and bigger. Just before sunrise they had become a huge cloud covering Mt. Fuji. The shadows of them in the backlight were the most powerful masterpieces.”
"Yakushima is an island full of abundant moss and beautiful water,” according to Japanese photographer Tetsuya Hosokawa.
The grand prize winner of this year's National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest—along with a guest—will get to go on a 10-day trip to the Galápagos with National Geographic Expeditions. You can enter here.