Every year, National Geographic Magazine holds a photo contest where amateur and professional photographers alike can submit stunning, incredible, and breathtaking shots they managed to capture during the preceding 12-month period. With a grand prize of $10,000 on the line, not to mention a whole lot of prestige, the photo competition is wildly and understandably popular.
During last year’s contest, for example, National Geographic fielded more than 92,000 photographs from over 150 countries around the world. And just like last year, this year’s competition will encompass three categories for submission: people, places and nature.
The deadline to enter is November 16, 2015, but photographers have already begun sending in their best shots for consideration. To help give us a taste of what’s to come, National Geographic recently gave The Atlantic permission to publish 24 jaw-dropping photos that promise to be strong contenders even as more entries are sure to come in.
Below are a few of the more notable shots.