Photographers from around the world are already sending in their entries to what is one of the most hotly contested photographic competitions in the world.

The 2017 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year competition features a grand prize of a 10-day trip for two to the Galapagos Islands, along with monetary prizes for each of the three categories of Nature, Cities and People.

Some early entries have been shared on the National Geographic website and we share some of the captivating images below.

National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year 2017
Winter Village – By Teruo Araya.
National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year 2017
Tide Fighter Photo – By Jérôme Gence.
National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year 2017
The Lone Ranger – By Chris Schmid.
National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year 2017
Ramadan Prayers – By Pradeep Raja.
National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year 2017
Nachi of Rain – By Hidenobu Suzuki.
National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year 2017
Lets go back to play Holi – By Miguel Salas
National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year 2017
Holy Bath – By Yogesh Gupta.
National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year 2017
Moonlightning – By Christopher Markisz.
National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year 2017
Christmas in Zagreb – By Phillip Minnis.
National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year 2017
Burma – By Felipe Carranza.
For more information and to take part click here; but hurry as the deadline for entries is 30 June 2017.