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Photo: Aditya D. / National Geographic

Travel is one of the most adventurous and rewarding things a person can do. There's something about it that enriches the human soul. It educated the mind by challenging stereotypes, and exposing it to new experiences.

This is, of course, unless travel only takes you as far as the inhumane biological experiment that is Sunny Beach in Bulgaria.

As a celebration of the human need to see the world, National Geographic have launched their annual Travel Photographer Of The Year competition. The work submitted thus far has been breathtaking.

If you've got some travel snaps lying around and fancy a stab, the competition is open until the 27th May this year, so get cracking if you want to enter.

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Photo: Andy Dines / National Geographic

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Photo and caption by Angiolo Manetti / National Geographic

_Ari-Ross

Photo: Ari Ross / National Geographic

_Gaby-Barathieu

Photo: Gaby Barathieu / National Geographic

_Julia-Wimmerlin

Photo: Julia Wimmerlin / National Geographic

_Marja-Schwartz

Photo: Marja Schwartz / National Geographic

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Photo: Shivesh R. / National Geographic

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Photo: Caroline Micaela Hauger / National Geographic

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Photo: Hiroki Inoue / National Geographic