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Here are 10 photographs in the running for the 2016 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year contest.

TRAVELLING AROUND THE world is something many people dream of and these photographs may inspire you to make it a reality.

The 2016 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the year contest is almost finished.

The magazine has been asking readers to enter their snaps that capture the world’s people, places and cultures.

There is still time to get your images in as entries for the competition are being accepted until tomorrow.

The winner will receive a seven-day polar bear photo safari for two at Churchill Wild –Seal River Heritage lodge in Canada, one of National Geographic’s unique lodges of the world.

Here are some of our early favourites.

First Light – Two Medicine Lake

First Light - Two Medicine Lake Manish Mamtani Manish Mamtani

Photographer: Manish Mamtani

“We drove early morning from St. Mary’s Lodge to see the sunrise at Two Medicine lake in Glacier National Park. There were no clouds but the lake water was so calm, it created perfect reflection of the red light kissing the Sinopah Mountain. As there was no wind in the morning, the colourful rocks in the foreground were visible.”

Location: Two Medicine Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana.

Colorful Market

Colorful Market Kajan Madrasmail Kajan Madrasmail

Photographer: Kajan Madrasmail

Location: Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand.

Midnight Thirst

Midnight Thirst Alison Langevad Alison Langevad

Photographer: Alison Langevad

“In the still of a star lit night, buffalo cautiously approach to quench their thirst. A long exposure with light painting allows me to capture the moment forever.”

Location:South Africa.

Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon Slawek Kozdras Slawek Kozdras

Photographer: Slawek Kozdras

“People enjoying their time in the legendary Blue Lagoon outside of Reykjavik in Iceland.”

Location:Blue Lagoon, Iceland.

River Delta 6

River Delta 6 Stephen King Stephen King

Photographer: Stephen King

“One of a series of aerial shots taken from a helicopter over the fabulous river deltas in South Iceland. This one depicts the end of the journey for one river as it winds its way to the ocean. The brilliant colours are a result of mineral deposits picked up by the glacial waters. We were lucky to shoot on a gorgeously sunny day which really brought out the colours.”

Location: South Iceland.

Time To Go Home 07

Time To Go Home 07 David Nam Lip LEE David Nam Lip LEE

Photographer: David Nam Lip LEE

“The youngster are having fun at the roof top of the train. There are too many people who rushing home after the Bishwa Ijtema at Tongi train station of Bangladesh.

Location: Bangladesh.

The wall of icons

The wall of icons Romaine W. Romaine W.

Photographer: Romaine W

“As I was walking through the streets of Havana I came across this house that looked more like a museum than a regular home. As Cubans are always welcoming to guests I decided to take a peak inside, only to find out that this was actually a home containing collectible items from vinyl records to a large scale American flag, then to this wall of icons; decorated with a Cuban flag, revolutionary fighters, and past and present Cuban leaders.”

Location: Havana, Ciudad de La Habana, Cuba.

Gentle Giants

Gentle Giants Kathleen Cameron Kathleen Cameron

Photographer: Kathleen Cameron

“Elephants hold onto each others tails as they walk the fields of The Crags Elephant Sanctuary, Plettenberg Bay.”

Location: Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape, South Africa.

Golden sunrise

Golden sunrise  Giovanni Modesti  Giovanni Modesti

Photographer: Giovanni Modesti

“A beautiful sunrise in Tuscany.”

Location: San Quirico d’Orcia, Tuscany, Italy.

Snowy bride

Snowy bride stephane mangin stephane mangin

Photographer: Stephane Mangin

“Brave bride getting wed in the only day of snow in Tokyo, winter 2014.”

Location: Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan.

Jodhpur, the blue city

Jodhpur, the blue city Mike Czech Mike Czech

Photographer: Mike Czech

“India = colours, colours, colours.”

Location: Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India.

San Francisco from 5,000ft above the bay

San Francisco from 5,000ft above the bay Joe Murphy Joe Murphy

Photographer: Joe Murphy

“Taken on a clear day from the air. I was lucky enough to have my camera with me, and the weather was right for the shot. You can see the Bay Bridge in the foreground and the Golden Gate in the background.”

Location: Alameda Point, California, United States.

On fire @ Pinnacles WA

On fire @ Pinnacles WA Sam Yick Sam Yick

Photographer: Sam Yick

“Fire on the ROCKS!”

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