The prestigious National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest is off to a strong start with amazing entries from around the globe.

The Images submitted were entered into one of three categories – Nature, People and Cities.

Accepting entries until the 31 May, with the overall winner will receive a grand sum of £7,000.

To celebrate the talent of the submissions entered, The National Geographic have pulled together some of their front runners so far.

From the breathtaking Grand Canyon, to remote areas of the Himalayas, the images are stunning.

Grand Canyon just after rain by Naresh Balaguru

“Just at the time of sunrise a storm approached the south rim and I almost packed my gears.

“But it cleared for a temporary period of time giving this amazing view from Powell Point. My first trip to this magnificent Landmark left me speechless while I was clicking this shot.”

Rhino Silhouette by Khai Chuin Sim

“Took an early ride out from the camp in Masai Mara national park, searching for the great migration, where I saw a rhino from far away standing beside a tree.

“The back lit from the early sun was too strong, so I took a silhouette instead.”

Shepherd and the wolf bu Nitish Thakur

“The shepherds along with the herd dogs lead their flock of sheep and goats. This family was returning back after feasting on the lush meadows of Himalayas and moments later they all crossed rupin Pass, to get back to their home.

“Most of the goats in the flock carry basic items shepherds need for their survival in this journey. The shepherd dogs are seen with a spiked collars around their necks, which is to give them a chance against an attack from the leopard or a bear.”

Cuban Barber by Kelly Beckta

“This Cuban barber has a shop in the run down building he lives in. He has managed to hook up water and electricity and has a steady flow of clients.

“I couldn’t get enough of the atmosphere and visited the shop several times and each time was welcomed in with a smile.”

Sisters by Firdaus Hadzri

“This rajasthani sisters was sitting on the staircase inside of their house relaxing and enjoy a cup of masala chai.”

Taman by Mattia Passerini

“The Mundari tribe is a tribal group in south sudan that haven’t changed their lifestyles much in centuries. the Mundari are one of the most prominent cattle herding tribes.

“They are primarily transhumant pastoralists, moving their herds of cattle to riverine pastures during the dry season and back to permanent settlements in savanna forest during the rains.”

First train in the street by Hideyuki Katagiri

“Enoshima railway runs in the shopping street where people go and go.

“There are people and cars during the day. The early morning when the first train runs slowly was still not popular and the RAIL wet with rain glowed bluntly.”

Dry Yamuna River by MD Tanveer Hassan Rohan

“Jamuna river has almost dried up during the dry season. This aerial photograph was taken from Prem Jamunar Ghat’s point in Sariakandi upazila of Bogra, Bangladesh.”

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