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Get inspired by the amazing entries in the National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year contest

Capturing everything from the eruption of a volcano on Réunion Island, a quiet family moment in China, and the winding path of a road in Morocco, the entrants for the 2016 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest are sure to get travellers dreaming of their next trip.

In the Gorges du Dades there are some breathtaking bends between walls of rock Location: Boumalne, Souss-Massa-Draa, Morocco
In the Gorges du Dades there are some breathtaking bends between walls of rock
Location: Boumalne, Souss-Massa-Draa, Morocco
Image and caption by Angiolo Manetti / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

National Geographic is inviting photographers to submit their images until 27 May. The winner will get the title of photographer of the year and will also receive a seven-day Polar Bear Photo Safari for two at Churchill Wild–Seal River Heritage Lodge, which is located on the banks of the Hudson Bay in Canada and is a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World.

l was invited into the home of my guide and I stayed for lunch. This picture for me captures the comfortable relationship between the husband and wife and a thoughtful moment. Location: Longsheng, Guangxi Zhuangzu Zizhiqu, China
l was invited into the home of my guide and I stayed for lunch. This picture for me captures the comfortable relationship between the husband and wife and a thoughtful moment.
Location: Longsheng, Guangxi Zhuangzu Zizhiqu, China
Image and caption by Karen Morris-Lanz / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

The National Geographic Travel competition recognizes the best travel photographer from the past two years. “Our Travel Photographer of the Year program is a way to show that our readers are among the world’s best travellers and photographers,” said George Stone, editor in chief of National Geographic Travel in a statement. “We are passionate about visual storytelling and we hope that our contest will inspire our global audience to explore the planet and use photography to tell amazing stories.”

During a snow storm I decided to head over to Bryce Canyon NP and enjoy the freshly fallen snow. Visibility was down to almost zero, but then I found this single tree right next to a snow drift and knew this would be my shot. Location: Bryce Canyon, Utah, United States
During a snow storm I decided to head over to Bryce Canyon NP and enjoy the freshly fallen snow. Visibility was down to almost zero, but then I found this single tree right next to a snow drift and knew this would be my shot. Location: Bryce Canyon, Utah, United States Image and caption by Yvonne Baur / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

If you need a little inspiration, a selection of entries have been released and it’s clear that photographers around the world have been on some truly amazing adventures.

While walking through the Jonas Winter Storm that swept across the East Coast last week, I captured this shot of the Flatiron Building against a backdrop of swirling snow. With the exception of a few minor details like logos and a food cart, the image looks like an impressionist right out of another another century. The cloudy atmosphere and gusty winds creates patterns that appear uncannily like brush strokes. Location: New York City, New York, United States
While walking through the Jonas Winter Storm that swept across the East Coast last week, I captured this shot of the Flatiron Building against a backdrop of swirling snow. With the exception of a few minor details like logos and a food cart, the image looks like an impressionist right out of another another century. The cloudy atmosphere and gusty winds creates patterns that appear uncannily like brush strokes.
Location: New York City, New York, United States
Image and caption by Michele Palazzo / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

One image from New York captures the power of Winter Storm Jonas as it hits the iconic Flatiron Building in Manhattan.

This is a general view of Eid ul Fitr Prayer at Alamgir Mosque in Varanasi, Uttarpradesh, India. Eid prayers, also known as Salat al-Eid and Salat al-Eidain , is the special prayer offered to commemorate two Islamic festivals.This image depicts the Hindu–Muslim brotherhood exploring the dynamics of communal relations in Varanasi-a holy city of the Hindus. Location: Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India
This is a general view of Eid ul Fitr Prayer at Alamgir Mosque in Varanasi, Uttarpradesh, India. Eid prayers, also known as Salat al-Eid and Salat al-Eidain , is the special prayer offered to commemorate two Islamic festivals.This image depicts the Hindu–Muslim brotherhood exploring the dynamics of communal relations in Varanasi-a holy city of the Hindus. Location: Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India Image and caption by Sirsendu Gayen / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Another captures an overhead view of people praying at Alamgir Mosque in India.

New York, Rio, Tokyo? We are on a rooftop bar in Ho-Chi-Minh, Vietnam. The day leaves, the night comes. But this coming city never sleeps. Location: Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
New York, Rio, Tokyo? We are on a rooftop bar in Ho-Chi-Minh, Vietnam. The day leaves, the night comes. But this coming city never sleeps.
Location: Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Image and caption by Caroline Micaela Hauger / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

A photograph from Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam shows off the brilliant colours of a rooftop bar in the city.

The last eruption of LA Fournaise Volcano. Location: Réunion Island
The last eruption of LA Fournaise Volcano. Location: Réunion Island Image and caption by Gaby Barathieu / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Another image captures the last eruption of Piton de la Fournaise on Réunion Island, located in the Indian Ocean.

When a Japanese larch's twig was exposed to illumination, looked like hands and feet. it was like the ballet dancer. Location: Biei, Hokkaido, Japan
When a Japanese larch’s twig was exposed to illumination, looked like hands and feet. it was like the ballet dancer. Location: Biei, Hokkaido, Japan Image and caption by Hiroshi Tanita / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

There’s still time for photographers to enter their photos at natgeo.com/travelphotocontest and submissions are accepted in the three categories of nature, people and cities.