07/12/2018 11:01 PM IST | Updated 10/12/2018 7:46 PM IST

Stunning Photos From The 2018 National Geographic Photo Contest

You may recognise some of the mind-blowing photography from professionals and amateurs around the world.

Jassen Todorov / 2018 National Geographic Photo Contest
Grand Prize Winner - Thousands of Volkswagen and Audi cars sit idle in the middle of California’s Mojave Desert. Models manufactured from 2009 to 2015 were designed to cheat emissions tests mandated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Following the scandal, Volkswagen recalled millions of cars. By capturing scenes like this one, I hope we will all become more conscious of and more caring toward our beautiful planet.

The legendary National Geographic Photo Contest just released the 2018 winners in its annual photographic competition. The contest, which started in 2008, accepts submissions from amateur and professional photographers from all over the world.

This year’s winners include a variety of stunning images, ranging from portraiture to landscapes. Without further ado, here they are.

Check out the images below.