Stunning Photos From National Geographic Traveller's Contest Are Awe-Inspiring

Location: Ngapali beach, Myanmar“This is taken at the volcanic beach at Stokksnes in southeastern Iceland in February 2015. I used a two-second exposure to capture the water trails as the waves receded over rocks at the edge of the beach, just as the sun was setting behind me, illuminating the mighty Vesturhorn mountain and some peaks in the far distance.”  
Location: Ngapali beach, Myanmar“This is taken at the volcanic beach at Stokksnes in southeastern Iceland in February 2015. I used a two-second exposure to capture the water trails as the waves receded over rocks at the edge of the beach, just as the sun was setting behind me, illuminating the mighty Vesturhorn mountain and some peaks in the far distance.”  
Location: Santorini
Location: Santorini

The submissions for National Geographic Traveller’s UK Photography Competition are in, and are the pictures are nothing short of outstanding.

A panel of esteemed judges narrowed down the choices to three finalists in each of the competition’s six categories ― Action, Nature, People, Urban, Portfolio and Video.

“The entries for our Photography Competition get better every year, and this year’s is no exception,” Pat Riddell, editor of National Geographic Traveller (UK), said in a statement. “The shortlist highlights some of the exceptional submissions and it’s been really tough to whittle it down.”

The winners will be announced on Feb. 28 in London, England. According to a press release, the lucky overall winner of the competition will be sent on a photographic commission to Myanmar and Iceland for the magazine.

Check out all of the amazing photos in the running below:

ACTION:

1. Andrew Hone

Location: Ngapali beach, Myanmar“This is taken at the volcanic beach at Stokksnes in southeastern Iceland in February 2015. I used a two-second exposure to capture the water trails as the waves receded over rocks at the edge of the beach, just as the sun was setting behind me, illuminating the mighty Vesturhorn mountain and some peaks in the far distance.”  
Location: Ngapali beach, Myanmar“This is taken at the volcanic beach at Stokksnes in southeastern Iceland in February 2015. I used a two-second exposure to capture the water trails as the waves receded over rocks at the edge of the beach, just as the sun was setting behind me, illuminating the mighty Vesturhorn mountain and some peaks in the far distance.”  

2. Sajith Buddikha Withanage

Location: Yala National Park, Sri Lanka. 
Location: Yala National Park, Sri Lanka. 

3. David Candlish

Location: Singapore Night Safari.“He is part of a troupe of firebreathers who deliver a breathtaking performance. For twenty minutes I stood mesmerised by their display, shooting off photo after photo. I’ve never seen such an athletic, intense fire show! Because the action is so fast and furious it can be a little hit-and-miss as to whether you get a good shot and there was no time to check my results - I didn’t want to miss a moment.
Location: Singapore Night Safari.“He is part of a troupe of firebreathers who deliver a breathtaking performance. For twenty minutes I stood mesmerised by their display, shooting off photo after photo. I’ve never seen such an athletic, intense fire show! Because the action is so fast and furious it can be a little hit-and-miss as to whether you get a good shot and there was no time to check my results - I didn’t want to miss a moment.

NATURE:

1. Daren Baker

Location: Fritham, New Forest, England
Location: Fritham, New Forest, England

2. Rashid Khaidanov

Location: Dunluce Castle, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland. 
Location: Dunluce Castle, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland. 

3. Stuart Dunn

Location: Salalah, Oman. 
Location: Salalah, Oman. 

PEOPLE:

1. Francis Cox

Location: Bhaktapur, Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. 
Location: Bhaktapur, Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. 

2. Laura Dale

Location: Parque de las Palapas, Cancun, Mexico. 
Location: Parque de las Palapas, Cancun, Mexico. 

3. Marco Pozzi

Location: Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. 
Location: Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. 

PORTFOLIO:

1. Daniel Burton

Location: Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana’s Okavango Delta region
Location: Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana’s Okavango Delta region

2. Mario Adario

Location: Lalibela, Ethiopia. 
Location: Lalibela, Ethiopia. 

3. Miguel De Freitas

Location: Nambiti Game Reserve, South Africa.
Location: Nambiti Game Reserve, South Africa.

URBAN:

1. Ben Goodwin

Location: Corcovado, Rio de Janeiro. 
Location: Corcovado, Rio de Janeiro. 

2. Matt Parry

Location: Santorini
Location: Santorini

3. Toby Trueman

Location: Sogo, Hong Kong
Location: Sogo, Hong Kong

Captions have been edited for length and clarity.