The winning images are culled from more than 15,000 entries stemming from 30 countries. Winners in three categories -- nature, people, and cities -- earned honors and cash prizes for taking beautiful photos shot within the last two years.
These photographs will make you want to start carrying a camera everywhere you go, in hopes of putting together the perfect frame. Or, at least a frame without your friends holding cans of beer and high-fiving strangers. (These travel photography tips can't hurt.)