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81 Captivating Travel Photographs From Around the World

Check out the top contributions to the 2016 Travel Photographer of the Year contest.

While we await the announcement of the winners to the 2017 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year on August 1, take a look back at some our favorite entries from the last year's competition.

Winners in the 2016 competition were announced in three categories: people, cities, and nature. You can see photographs from all three of those categories here.

Editor's Note: Captions provided by the photographers.