These award-winning photos show planet Earth in ways you’ve never seen it

It’s easy to get caught up in worrying about how crazy the world is. But sometimes it’s important to stop and remember that it’s also beautiful. …

Hougaard Malan of South Africa won the single image « International Landscape Photograph of the Year » award with this shot of Ruacana Falls in Northern Namibia.
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The second-place single image award was won by Simone Cmoon for this shot from Lofoten, Norway.
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Eberhard Ehmke came in third in the single image contest with this overhead shot of Hessen, Germany.
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There’s something haunting in Poppe’s shot from Deadvlei, Sossusvlei, Namibia. A third image from the third-place winner of the « Photographer of the Year » contest.
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And the contrast in texture here in this other shot from Deadvlei, Sossusvlei, Namibia, is fascinating. A fourth image from the third-place winner of the « Photographer of the Year » contest.
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Ignacio Palacios won the « Square Arial » award with this painting-like image from Marismas del Guadalquivir, Spain.
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These award-winning photos show planet Earth in ways you’ve never seen it
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Les montagnes célestes du Huang Shan par Emmanuel Boitier

Que ce soit dans les montagnes d’Auvergne, où il vit, sur les hauts plateaux d’Abyssinie, dans les immensités glacées du Varanger, parmi les pics vertigineux du Huang Shan ou encore dans les Highlands écossaises, Emmanuel Boitier recherche et apprécie les endroits où la nature, véritablement prégnante, offre un espace infini. Des endroits où l’homme et la nature n’ont d’autres choix que de vivre ensemble et non l’un à côté de l’autre. Des endroits où la nature impose le rythme des vies. Il nous raconte ci-dessous l’un de ses voyages.

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Les montagnes célestes du Huang Shan par Emmanuel Boitier
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Даниил Коржонов | Daniel Korzhonov

Даниил Коржонов | Daniel Korzhonov

Magic light
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Antarctica cold waters
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Стройным шагом!
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Lofoten islands morning
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Сердце Байкала
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Даниил Коржонов | Daniel Korzhonov
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Photographer captures magical images of Cappadocia’s famous hot air balloons

A photographer has shared a series of images highlighting the vibrant beauty of the famous hot air balloons commonly seen in Cappadocia, Turkey.

The images were taken by Kristina Makeeva, a 29-year old photographer from Moscow, and show the balloons flying over the picturesque landscapes and valleys of the region. Known as one of the most popular places in the world for balloon rides, attracting enthusiasts and travellers year round for the experience, Cappadocia features spectacular surrealistic landscapes and breath-taking views, making it a dream destination for photographers. “When my team and I first visited Cappadocia, we were shocked by the beauty of this place. The unique rock formations and underground cities in conjunction with the balloons turn the area into a fairy tale land. Shooting there is really not difficult, it is enough to just set the focus and press the shutter button on the camera,” Kristina told Lonely Planet Travel News.

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Beautiful Travel Photos

Beautiful Travel Photos
Nat Geo Travel editors picked their favorite travel photos published in 2016. See majestic images from around the world that struck our experts.

India
Photograph by Jody MacDonald
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Alaska
Photograph by Aaron Huey
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California
Photograph by Jonathan Irish
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South Korea
Photograph by Topic Images, Getty Images
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India
Photograph by Tuul and Bruno Morandi, Getty Images
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New Hampshire
Photograph by Ronan Donovan
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Faroe Islands
Photograph by Adam Burton, JAI/Corbis
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