Its amazing how beautiful our planet is, and that beauty was captured perfectly in this years National Geographic 2013 Traveler Contest.

This year marks the 25th edition of the Traveler Photo Contest and top photographers from around the globe joined in to win this year’s prestigious award.

Here are a series of photos selected from among the candidates already competing as well as some of the contest winners.

You can view more images from the series as well as the contest winners here.