National Geographic is known for its incredible photography from around the world. The magazine (and TV network) embraces the beauty of Earth, both in the wild and in urban life. Some of the best photographers from around the globe contribute to NatGeo, and, every year, the magazine opens up its admission process by holding the National Geographic Photographer of the Year competition.
The contest has three categories – nature, cities, and people – and it has submissions from around the world. These photographs are stunning, and what's most amazing is that not all the photos submitted are by hot-shot nature photographers. Some of them are from average photography enthusiasts who have a special eye for nature. So sit back, relax, and view some of the best pictures of the National Geographic Photographer of the Year contest.