"The marble caves of Patagonia"—<a href="http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/profile/573187/">Clane Gessel</a>
"The marble caves of Patagonia"—Clane Gessel
Photograph by Clane Gessel, National Geographic Your Shot

51 Spectacular Photos of Our World

The 2018 Travel Photographer of the Year contest is coming up. Here are some of our favorites from last year's competition.

Captions were written and submitted by the photographer.

A great photograph is a combination of light, composition, and moment. Add picturesque locations and colorful expressions of culture and you have something spectacular. Photographers from around the globe submitted their best images of people, places, and nature to the 2017 Travel Photographer of the Year contest. Here, we share a curated collection of what caught our eye.

Ready to join the competition? The 2018 Travel Photographer of the Year will begin April 2. See last year's winners and prepare to enter to win up to $10,000!

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