National Geographic 2014 Photo Contest has launched and is accepting entries in three categories: people, places and nature.
The grand prize winner will receive $10,000 (£6,170) and a trip to the National Geographic headquarters in Washington DC to participate in the annual National Geographic Photography Seminar in January 2015. The first place winner in each category will each receive $2,500 and his or her winning photograph will be published in National Geographic magazine.
The closing date to submit photos is 31 October.
IBTimes UK has selected some inspiring early entries. Arctic Hi Five by Colin Mackenzie: Svalbard, northern Norway Colin Mackenzie/National Geographic 2014 Photo Contest Above Big Sur by Douglas Croft: Baronda Trail, Big Sur, California /National Geographic 2014 Photo Contest Painted Ladies by Daniel Kudish: Oaxaca, Mexico Daniel Kudish/National Geographic 2014 Photo Contest A Treee Dreaming by Christian Spencer: Strezlecki Desert, Australia Christian Spencer/National Geographic 2014 Photo Contest From the Sky by Montse Grillo: Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain Montse Grillo/National Geographic 2014 Photo Contest Sunward by Hasan Baglar: Nicosia, Cyprus Hasan Baglar/National Geographic 2014 Photo Contest Searching by Yusuke Sakai: "Glass eel fishing season starts in Japan in the winter. Hunters illuminate the water with a mercury lamp from onboard and scoop up eel fry gathering in the light with a small net. During the new moon, hunters search for glass eel and wander about with many lights in the estuaries." Yusuke Sakai/National Geographic 2014 Photo Contest Dreamscape by Francesco Riccardo Iacomino: Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, Iceland Francesco Riccardo Iacomino/National Geographic 2014 Photo Contest Searching for Love by Spencer Black: Blue ghost fireflies in Brevard, North Carolina. These fireflies stay lit and only hover about a foot off the ground. /National Geographic 2014 Photo Contest Hello by Misty Gage: Point Defiance Zoo, Tacoma, WA, United States Misty Gage/National Geographic 2014 Photo Contest