43 Stunning Landscape Photos

Deserts, oceans, tundras, and forests—we've curated a selection of photographs to inspire the nature photographer in you.

Nature photography is part of the fabric of National Geographic. We’ve been showcasing inspiring images from around the world for more than a century. Last year, we put the challenge to our readers to take a turn inspiring us. Thousands of photographers from around the globe entered their best wildlife and landscape photographs in our 2016 Nature Photographer of the Year Contest.

This year's competition is still a ways off, but it's not too early to start thinking about how to get that next winning shot. We've put together a special gallery of landscapes to get you inspired.

Editor's Note: Captions provided by the photographer.
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