National Geographic has published a gallery of the best travel photos of 2015, featuring 50 superb images from around the globe. IBTimes UK presents 12 of the winning photos here. You can see the rest, plus more great photography, on the National Geographic site.

Highlights include the northern lights swirling in the night sky above Iceland, fishermen using lanterns to attract eels, and a young woman gasping for breath as she is crushed by crowds in Pamplona. The winning photos were submitted to Your Shot, a forum where members can take part in photography assignments, get expert feedback, get published, and more.