Already in its 24th year, the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest never ceases to amaze and excite with its stunning displays of photography from around the world. With the current increase in popularity of amateur photography and the pervasion of social media, this year's competition already has a whopping 12,400 entries.
Flick through the entries at the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2012 website and experience some of the most incredible and awe-inspiring sights, people and moments this Earth has to offer.
This year's contest has four categories - Outdoor Scenes, Sense of Place, Travel Portraits and Spontaneous Moments - to cover a wide range of spectacular photo opportunities. Here we've collated just a sample of what we find to be some of the most remarkable shots from the 2012 contest.
Keep a lookout for the winners, which will be announced in August.
Location: Northern Iceland
Location: Sundarbands, Bangladesh
Location: Lizard Point, the UK's most Southerly location, Cornwall
Location: North West Madagascar
Location: San Remigio, Cebu, Philippines
Location: Gubug Temple, Tamblingan Lake, Bali, Indonesia
Location: Wreck Beach, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Location: Kodiak Island, Alaska
Location: Samburu National Reserve, Kenya
Location: Ubud, Bali. Indonesia
Location: Puntarenas, Quepos, Isla Damas, Costa Rica
July 27, 2012 by Greta Mayr