Around the World in 45 Gorgeous Photographs

Explore these scenic landscapes, rich cultures, and picturesque animals from the 2017 Travel Photographer of the Year contest.

The 2017 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year contest is now halfway over and the submissions from photographers from around the globe are providing us with a wealth of images to choose from.

The images encompass all the makings of a great photograph, light, composition, and a compelling subject. Here is a selection that caught our eye and can take you on an experiential journey to some of our world's most interesting places.