Each year photographers from around the world enter their pictures into the annual National Geographic photo competition.
With more than 13,000 entries, here are the winners from this years’ contest.
All photos published with permission by National Geographic.
Location: Shalu, Taiwan, Taiwan
This photo was taken during Chinese New Year's Eve of 2015 in Taiwan. I noticed how the light was coming into the room as our family members passed incense sticks to each other, sending our prayers and paying respects to our ancestors.
The photo is symbolic, as the passing of incense sticks represents the knowledge and wisdom passed down from generation to generation.
Location: Shihezi, Xinjiang Uygur Zizhiqu, China
As the largest mountain ranges in Central Asia, Tian-shan ('sky-mountain' in Chinese), has one of the best collections of natural landscapes in the world and is seen by many as a paradise for outdoor adventures.
Thanks to the richness of sediments compounded with the power of erosion by rivers flowing down the mountains, the north face of Tian-shan is carved into stunning plateaus and colourful canyons hundreds of meters deep, resulting in this surrealist painting in nature.
Location: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Location: Mkuze, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
White-fronted bee-eaters gather on a bough before going to sleep in their burrows, scraped into a sand wall. I was working on this theme for 18 days, as there were only five to ten minutes each day when the light conditions were appropriate.
Ninety per cent of my efforts to capture this image were not successful. I used flashlights to light the bee-eaters sitting on the branch, but not the others flying above. At this angle, the backlight generated rainbow colouring through the wings of the flying birds.
Location: Douliu, Taiwan, Taiwan
After a family member passes away in Taiwan's countryside, their body is kept in the house or in a tent built specifically for this purpose.
After a set period of time, the deceased is given a funeral procession before their burial.
Location: Masai Mara, Rift Valley, Kenya
In Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya, the cubs of the famous cheetah Malaika learned to hunt. They moved from one hill to another, scanning the lands.
Here, they seemed to change shifts as one cheetah left the hill while another took her place.
Location: Appenzell, Canton d'Appenzell Rhoden-Interieur, Switzerland
A flock of Alpine choughs (Pyrrhocorax graculus), mountain-dwelling birds, performs acrobatic displays in the air.
I was able, during a windy day, to immortalise their impressive flight skills.
Location: Šiauliai, Siauliu Apskritis, Lithuania
There are many hundreds of thousands of crosses on the Hill of Crosses near Šiauliai, Lithuania. It represents Lithuanian Catholicism's peaceful resistance to oppression.
Many spirits of the dead are thought to live here on this small hill. When I visited this place, a girl in a pink dress ran through as if she brought peace, hope, and love.
Location: Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia
I was taking photos of orangutans in Bali, Indonesia, when it started to rain. Just before I put my camera away, I saw this orangutan take a taro leaf and put it on top on his head to protect himself from the rain!
I immediately used my DSLR and telephoto lens to preserve this spontaneous magic moment.
Location: Shalamcheh, Khuzestan, Iran
In October 2014 in Khuzestan, Iran, I came across a group of female Iranian students on the border between Iran and Iraq.
Some of them climbed up the tanks left after the war between the two countries and took pictures of themselves. I pressed the shutter when I saw this girl stretch out her arms and turn to face the Iraqi border.
Location: Kampala, Central Region, Uganda
Bwengye lives in a slum called Kamwokya in Kampala, Uganda's capital city. He cherishes his bicycle more than anything and brings it to this playground in the slum every evening, where he watches kids playing soccer.
Location: Cardeñas, Andalusia, Spain
While preparing a report on Spain's Rio Tinto from the air, I decided to include the phosphogypsum ponds located in the marshes of red, whose radioactive discharges has destroyed part of the marsh.
As an environmental photojournalist I had to report this story, but had to do it with an image that by itself attracts the viewer's attention. On a low-flying training flight, this image caught my attention for its resemblance to the impact of an asteroid on its green waters.
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