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Around the world in 50 photos


From hot air balloons at sunrise to a backflip on a mountain top, these breathtaking images from around the globe will take you on a grand tour of some of the most beautiful places on Earth. The images tell the stories of natural, coastal, mountainous and city landscapes from a wide range of countries. Click through to see them all…

'Smoked Out' shows a mountainous region of Iceland enveloped in waves of cloud. It was taken by Jonny Rogers from the UK.

‘Smoked Out’ shows a mountainous region of Iceland enveloped in waves of cloud. It was taken by Jonny Rogers from the UK.

This stunning aerial shot showing sunbathers and swimmers on a beach in Greece called 'Orange and teal' was taken by Andreas Batsilas.

This stunning aerial shot showing sunbathers and swimmers on a beach in Greece called ‘Orange and teal’ was taken by Andreas Batsilas.

With the title 'Terrace', this landscape scene taken in Kayah, Myanmar in Asia shows three people walking along the banks of rice fields.

With the title ‘Terrace’, this landscape scene taken in Kayah, Myanmar in Asia shows three people walking along the banks of rice fields.

'Sunrise in Slovenia' shows a beautiful sunrise in the European country and even captures a hot air balloon as it rises into the air. It was taken by Matt Cuzen.

‘Sunrise in Slovenia’ shows a beautiful sunrise in the European country and even captures a hot air balloon as it rises into the air. It was taken by Matt Cuzen.

'I need vitamin sea' was taken with a drone by Roger Tan from Singapore in an unknown location. It shows a jetty jutting out into turquoise waters.

‘I need vitamin sea’ was taken with a drone by Roger Tan from Singapore in an unknown location. It shows a jetty jutting out into turquoise waters.

'Airborne anymore' by Vitor Esteves from Portugal shows an abandoned plane in the middle of a forest in Portugal.

‘Airborne anymore’ by Vitor Esteves from Portugal shows an abandoned plane in the middle of a forest in Portugal.

'Jungle Life' by Lee Mumford shows a river snaking through rainforest on Siargao island in the Philippines.

‘Jungle Life’ by Lee Mumford shows a river snaking through rainforest on Siargao island in the Philippines.

Entitled 'The Famous One', this stunning image was taken by French photographer and engineer Nicolas Prègre. It shows an eerie wave of mist floating in the air at Machu Picchu in Peru, South America.

Entitled ‘The Famous One’, this stunning image was taken by French photographer and engineer Nicolas Prègre. It shows an eerie wave of mist floating in the air at Machu Picchu in Peru, South America. 

'Epic Roads' by Dutch photographer Cuno de Bruin shows winding roads snaking through the countryside in Mallorca, Spain.

‘Epic Roads’ by Dutch photographer Cuno de Bruin shows winding roads snaking through the countryside in Mallorca, Spain.

'Follow Me, Keep Paddling', by Bastian As from Indonesia, shows surfers paddling through waves off the Nias Islands in Indonesia.

‘Follow Me, Keep Paddling’, by Bastian As from Indonesia, shows surfers paddling through waves off the Nias Islands in Indonesia.

Entitled 'Family Life', this image showing two men and a mother and baby carrying water in Myanmar was taken by Thant Zin.

Entitled ‘Family Life’, this image showing two men and a mother and baby carrying water in Myanmar was taken by Thant Zin.

Photographer Wilmer Valdez Hinojosa, from the Dominican Republic, captured this stunning moment in Tenerife, Spain, of a plane taking off into a sunset.

Photographer Wilmer Valdez Hinojosa, from the Dominican Republic, captured this stunning moment in Tenerife, Spain, of a plane taking off into a sunset.

'Blue Bled' by Sergio Saavedra Ruiz from Spain shows churches poking into the night's sky in Slovenia.

‘Blue Bled’ by Sergio Saavedra Ruiz from Spain shows churches poking into the night’s sky in Slovenia.

This entry called 'A trip to Mars' was taken by Spanish Alvaro Valiente and shows a 4x4 crossing the Wadi Rum desert in Jordan.

This entry called ‘A trip to Mars’ was taken by Spanish Alvaro Valiente and shows a 4×4 crossing the Wadi Rum desert in Jordan.

This image entitled 'Cikubang train bridge', by Daniel Dahni from Indonesia, shows railway tracks high in the air passing over rice fields in West Java, Indonesia.

This image entitled ‘Cikubang train bridge’, by Daniel Dahni from Indonesia, shows railway tracks high in the air passing over rice fields in West Java, Indonesia.

'Travel alone' by Francisco Paez from Argentina shows an abandoned boat in Cabo Sao Pablo, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina.

‘Travel alone’ by Francisco Paez from Argentina shows an abandoned boat in Cabo Sao Pablo, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina.

'Soho Odaiba at night' was taken by Hai Nguyen from Vietnam and shows colorful office blocks in Tokyo, Japan. This colorful shared work space in Odaiba is home to 13 floors of open-plan office space ready for rent.

‘Soho Odaiba at night’ was taken by Hai Nguyen from Vietnam and shows colorful office blocks in Tokyo, Japan. This colorful shared work space in Odaiba is home to 13 floors of open-plan office space ready for rent.

Aptly entitled 'Loneliness' this breathtaking photograph, taken in an unknown location by Faten Hamouda from Switzerland, shows a figure walking across the sand.

Aptly entitled ‘Loneliness’ this breathtaking photograph, taken in an unknown location by Faten Hamouda from Switzerland, shows a figure walking across the sand.

'Beautiful morning in Bromo' shows Mount Bromo in Indonesia poking out from a blanket of cloud. The image was taken by Imam Primahardy.

‘Beautiful morning in Bromo’ shows Mount Bromo in Indonesia poking out from a blanket of cloud. The image was taken by Imam Primahardy.

Alexey Nikitin from Russia took this photograph entitled 'Boat on the sea' in Balaklava Bay in the Black Sea, Crimea.

Alexey Nikitin from Russia took this photograph entitled ‘Boat on the sea’ in Balaklava Bay in the Black Sea, Crimea.

'Wakey Wakey', taken by Cameron Aird off Jersey in the UK, shows an impressive wave trail in a figure of eight in the sea.

‘Wakey Wakey’, taken by Cameron Aird off Jersey in the UK, shows an impressive wave trail in a figure of eight in the sea.

This woman skateboarding down a road was taken by Ricardo Bruning from Germany in Sweden. It is called 'Sweden roadtrip'.

This woman skateboarding down a road was taken by Ricardo Bruning from Germany in Sweden. It is called ‘Sweden roadtrip’.

'Heart of the city' taken by Jeet Khagram from India shows a young man surveying the city of Jaipur, India.

‘Heart of the city’ taken by Jeet Khagram from India shows a young man surveying the city of Jaipur, India.

Maqsood Akhtar took this unusual image in Pakistan which shows an embellished truck driving down a winding road.

Maqsood Akhtar took this unusual image in Pakistan which shows an embellished truck driving down a winding road.

'Golden Hour in Bagan' was taken by Naing Tun Win in Myanmar. It shows hot air balloons rising over temples during sunrise.

‘Golden Hour in Bagan’ was taken by Naing Tun Win in Myanmar. It shows hot air balloons rising over temples during sunrise.

'Le Grand Bleu' was taken by French photographer Floren Peeran and shows a wooden jetty jutting out into turquoise blue waters in Mallorca, Spain.

‘Le Grand Bleu’ was taken by French photographer Floren Peeran and shows a wooden jetty jutting out into turquoise blue waters in Mallorca, Spain.

'Budir' taken by Perry Wunderlich from Germany shows a sunset outside the Budir black church in Iceland.

‘Budir’ taken by Perry Wunderlich from Germany shows a sunset outside the Budir black church in Iceland.

This image entitled 'Crossing' was taken in Indonesia by Rian Bungsu and shows men on motorbikes crossing a wooden bridge.

This image entitled ‘Crossing’ was taken in Indonesia by Rian Bungsu and shows men on motorbikes crossing a wooden bridge.

This modern image of Dubai's metro was taken by Engr Hsn from Pakistan.

This modern image of Dubai’s metro was taken by Engr Hsn from Pakistan.

'Road through the lakes' taken in Ukraine was captured by Ukrainian photographer Aleksandr Dombrovsky.

‘Road through the lakes’ taken in Ukraine was captured by Ukrainian photographer Aleksandr Dombrovsky.

This aerial shot of deer walking along a road in Russia was taken by the photographer Yura Borschev and has been named 'Family'.

This aerial shot of deer walking along a road in Russia was taken by the photographer Yura Borschev and has been named ‘Family’.

Simply titled 'Florence', this city image was taken by British photographer Hugo Healy, showing the sun beaming onto the side of the dome of Florence's cathedral.

Simply titled ‘Florence’, this city image was taken by British photographer Hugo Healy, showing the sun beaming onto the side of the dome of Florence’s cathedral.

This aerial shot entitled 'All Aboard' shows West Somerset Railway in the UK. It was taken by Kieran who is a British photographer.

This aerial shot entitled ‘All Aboard’ shows West Somerset Railway in the UK. It was taken by Kieran who is a British photographer.

This image of a woman standing at a train station was also submitted for the competition. It was taken by Eva Blanco in Madrid, Spain.

This image of a woman standing at a train station was also submitted for the competition. It was taken by Eva Blanco in Madrid, Spain.

'Road trips through Iceland' was taken by Tom Bridges in Iceland. It shows a road running over icy roads.

‘Road trips through Iceland’ was taken by Tom Bridges in Iceland. It shows a road running over icy roads.

This sunset picture was taken in Svaneti in Georgia by Nika Pailodze. It is called 'To the sun' and shows the shadow of a walker standing in the sun's glare.

This sunset picture was taken in Svaneti in Georgia by Nika Pailodze. It is called ‘To the sun’ and shows the shadow of a walker standing in the sun’s glare.

'The grandeur of Kuala Lumpur', taken by Patricia Soon from Malaysia, shows sky scrappers in a dramatic black and white image.

‘The grandeur of Kuala Lumpur’, taken by Patricia Soon from Malaysia, shows sky scrappers in a dramatic black and white image.

This stark but beautiful image was taken by Bekir Yesiltas and shows a frozen lake in Turkey being crossed by a horse and carriage.

This stark but beautiful image was taken by Bekir Yesiltas and shows a frozen lake in Turkey being crossed by a horse and carriage.

'Vietnam view' by Marco Vulinovic from Norway shows a rocky path leading up to a small temple overlooking amazing views.

‘Vietnam view’ by Marco Vulinovic from Norway shows a rocky path leading up to a small temple overlooking amazing views. 

Aung Thu Ya took this dramatic image named 'Sculpture' during his time travelling around Myanmar.

Aung Thu Ya took this dramatic image named ‘Sculpture’ during his time travelling around Myanmar.

'Backflip on a mountain top' shows a man somersaulting off the side of a cliff on Mangart mountain in Slovenia. It was taken by Michael Harding from Austria.

‘Backflip on a mountain top’ shows a man somersaulting off the side of a cliff on Mangart mountain in Slovenia. It was taken by Michael Harding from Austria.

'Viaje Surfista' or 'surfing journey' by David Gonzalez from Spain shows children stood on a caravan as the sun sets behind them in Spain.

‘Viaje Surfista’ or ‘surfing journey’ by David Gonzalez from Spain shows children stood on a caravan as the sun sets behind them in Spain.

'Sunrise over Vik, Iceland' taken by Joe Shelly from the UK shows a man on his own looking out over the ocean from a frozen cliff.

‘Sunrise over Vik, Iceland’ taken by Joe Shelly from the UK shows a man on his own looking out over the ocean from a frozen cliff.

'Keep walking' from photographer Davis Alejandro shows a lone trekker walking across snowy ground in Iceland.

‘Keep walking’ from photographer Davis Alejandro shows a lone trekker walking across snowy ground in Iceland.

'On the edge' by Corinna Juptner from Germany was taken in an unknown location but shows a person standing on the edge of a precarious ledge in a mountainous region.

‘On the edge’ by Corinna Juptner from Germany was taken in an unknown location but shows a person standing on the edge of a precarious ledge in a mountainous region.

This shot was taken by Nadege Delalieu from France in Cappadocia in Turkey. Cappadocia, a semi-arid region in central Turkey, is known for its distinctive 'fairy chimneys,' which are clusters of tall, cone-shaped rock formations. The image is called 'Rose Valley, Cappadoce'.

This shot was taken by Nadege Delalieu from France in Cappadocia in Turkey. Cappadocia, a semi-arid region in central Turkey, is known for its distinctive ‘fairy chimneys,’ which are clusters of tall, cone-shaped rock formations. The image is called ‘Rose Valley, Cappadoce’.

This well-framed photograph with the title 'Morning' shows a woman driving down a passage of trees as the sun streams through the branches in Vietnam. It was taken by Nguyen Quang Thanh from Vietnam.

This well-framed photograph with the title ‘Morning’ shows a woman driving down a passage of trees as the sun streams through the branches in Vietnam. It was taken by Nguyen Quang Thanh from Vietnam.

This image from the Thar Desert in India was taken by professional photographer Pranab Basak. The desert is a large arid region in the northwestern part of the Indian subcontinent.

This image from the Thar Desert in India was taken by professional photographer Pranab Basak. The desert is a large arid region in the northwestern part of the Indian subcontinent.

'Adventure' by Jordi Sark from Spain shows two 4x4s crossing an icy location.

‘Adventure’ by Jordi Sark from Spain shows two 4x4s crossing an icy location.



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