Here are the best ones.
The winners of the Travel Photographer Of The Year awards, which were announced today, give both armchair travellers and seasoned explorers a glimpse of the magnificence, beauty and poignancy of this planet and its inhabitants.
This vibrant, entertaining and sometimes thought-provoking selection, taking in both places that many of us will never travel to and familiar destinations, were captured by the hugely talented amateur and professional photographers who beat entrants from nearly 100 countries.
Winner: Photographer Timothy Allen won the top prize, the Cutty Sark Award for the Travel Photographer of the Year 2013, for his portfolio which included this black and white image of the mud mosque replastering festival in Mali The replastering of the great mosque in Djenn , Mali Canon 5D II, EF85mm f/1.2L II USM, 1/3200 sec; f/1.4; ISO 200
A long-time TPOTY entrant, who has been a category winner on a number of occasions, Mr Allen has now scooped the contest’s highest award, winning £5,000 plus a complete set of Cutty Sark's whiskies and bespoke, personalised Cutty Sark/TPOTY surfboard.
'As Timothy is both a whisky fan and a surfer, the prize is sure to be put to good use', said a spokesman for the awards.
Prized: British photographer Mr Allen also took this image depicting a young Layap woman pouring butter tea in her house in Laya, North West Bhutan
Off grid: Emma Orbach, who lives in a mud hut at Tir Ysbrydol in West Wales, was photographed by competition-winner Timothy Allen
Jonathan Rystrøm from Denmark was also celebrating after he was named Young Travel Photographer of the Year 2013.
The 14-year-old, who got into photography when his grandfather took him on a safari trip, stunned judges with his photograph of a woman using her mobile phone in front of the Rector's Palace in Dubrovnik, Croatia.
'Jonathan's willingness to experiment with movement and to use this well in his compositions is particularly impressive for one so young,' said the competition judges.
'At just 14 years old, he is third youngest photographer to win the award of Young Travel Photographer of the Year and only the second ever Danish winner of any category in the awards, following in the footsteps on Student award winner, Sophie Tondering, in 2003.
'If Jonathan continues to develop his keen eye and willingness to experiment with his photography then he has a bright future ahead of him.'
The 14 and under category was won by 10-year-old Patria Prasaysa from Indonesia, while 17-year-old Chase Guttman from the USA won the 15-18 age group.
On photo: human nature: This photograph of human towers being built at a festival in Catalonia, Spain was taken by David Oliete and was highly commended was competition judges
In the portfolio sections, Jino Lee from Singapre won the Monochromal category, while the British-born Thailand-based photographer Gavin Gough took the top spot in Vanishing & Emerging cultures. Jasper Doest from the Netherlands, and Johnny Haglund from Norway shared top honours in Wild Stories with two sharply contrasting portfolios; one beautiful, the other gritty.
The New Talent award went to British medical student Tom Pepper, with the Vietnam-based American Justin Mott capturing the top prize in the single image category, Extraordinary.
Dramatic: US photographer Justin Mott took home the One Shot, Extraordinary prize for this image taken in Phuket, Thailand
There were two winners in the beginner’s category En Route – Merissa Quek from Singapore and Stuart Draper from the UK, while another British-based photographer James Morgan repeated his 2012 success in the short film category Travel Shorts by finishing on top in 2013.
The awards were judged by a hugely respected international panel of imaging experts, including photographers Eamonn McCabe, Nick Meers and Chris Weston, the editor of the German magazine FOTO and the photography director of Condé Nast Traveller.
The winning images and films can be seen on www.tpoty.com and will be displayed at a major exhibition at London’s Royal Geographical Society from July 11 until August 17 next year. The
Landscape: French photographer Emmanuel Coupe was behind this stunning shot of the Gullfoss waterfall in Iceland
Leap of faith: British photographer Cat Vinton was commended for this image of a sea gypsy spear fishing on the Andaman Sea
Out hunting: Ed Hetherington caught these lionesses on camera as they hunted for food on Chief's Island in the Okavango Delta, Botswana
Tender moment: This unusual image of a gorilla was taken in the Virunga Mountains of Rwanda by Swiss photographer Gail Von Bergen-Ryan
All smiles: British-born photographer Gavin Gough won the a prize for his portfolio with the help of this shot of a boy leaping through the open window of a derelict building in Kolkata, India
At rest: This photograph of a eagle hunter and his eagle rest at home in the Alti region of western Mongolian was named runner-up in the Vanishing & Emerging Cultures category
Race to the finish: Camels ridden by robotic jockeys race to the finish line to the joy of the watching crowd in this picture taken by Jason Edwards
Gotcha: UK-based photographer Peter Downing won a best single image in a portfolio category for this shot of a kingfisher in Worcester
Misty eyed: This tender moment between a Japanese macaques mother and baby was captured by Jasper Doest