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Volcanoes belching lava and ash, lions play-fighting in the African desert and the Northern
Lights over an icy landscape - these are the dramatic images that every tourist would love to add to their photo album.
Captured at some of the world's best beauty spots, the spectacular snaps reveal the divide between the tranquillity and fury of Mother Nature.
And they are among the most breathtaking shots that are in the running for National Geographic Traveler's coveted photographer of the year contest.
The annual competition celebrates the best in travel photography with entrants submitting snaps from their time in destinations such as Australian Outback, the valleys of Norway and the Great Plains of the US.
Among the astonishing photos is Reynold Dewantara jaw-dropping shot of a young man on horseback as Mount Bromo erupts at Probolinggo, East Java, Indonesia. A massive plume of smoke pours from the volcano, filling the sky with black ash.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-3573526/National-Geographic-Traveler-photographer-year-contest-s-stunning-entries.html