If you pick up a copy of National Geographic, it's usually to thumb through the pages and look at all those beautiful pictures. The publication's photography basically sets the standard, and its annual photo contest brings out the best of the best.
With that in mind, it's time for the 2016 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year contest, and the submissions are, as expected, incredible. This year, the grand prize is "A seven-day Polar Bear Photo Safari for two at Churchill Wild–Seal River Heritage Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World." In addition, the winner of each category will score a Sony a6300 camera. If you think you have what it takes to enter, you can do so until May 27, 2016. Just make sure you check out the contest rules before submitting.
And without further ado, here are 15 of this year's submissions for your ogling pleasure, complete with captions written by the photographers. Enjoy.