There are still a couple weeks to enter the 2016 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest, but unless your skills and access to helicopters is up to the level of some of these photographers, you may not stand a chance of winning. The magazine holds the contest to highlight travel experiences around the globe, and they ask hobbyist and professional photographers alike to "Show us photos that tell the story of a place or reveal insights about what inspires you when you travel." Here are just some of the entries so far, all gorgeous, that highlight our very own city and the Bay Area, which are cellphone background image-worthy, all.
The deadline for entries is May 27, and you can see the entry form here. The grand prize is a seven-day polar bear safari for two at Churchill Wild-Seal River Heritage Lodge in northern Manitoba, Canada.
Also, a first-prize winner will get a Sony a6300 camera.