The best photos taken of planet Earth last year will transform the way you see the world

The Independent | 2/27/2018 | Kevin Loria, Business Insider
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The natural world is a stunning place.

Every year, the best landscape photography shows off Earth’s beauty. The following photos are some of the winners from the 2017 International Landscape Photographer of the Year contest.

Mountains - Scenes - Isolation - Worlds - Colour

They highlight powerful mountains, scenes of isolation, worlds of colour and light, and the abstract loveliness found in landscapes all over the world. Winning photos were shot in the wilds of Patagonia, the mountains of Iceland, and in the desert-surrounded lakes of Brazil.

They show the world in ways that will make you want to get up, pack a bag, and go exploring.

Cristiano - Xavier - Brazil - Photography - Award

Cristiano Xavier of Brazil won the aerial photography award with this stunner from the Lençóis Maranhenses in north-eastern Brazil.

Brazilian photographer Marcio Cabral won the long-exposure award for this galaxy-revealing shot from Veadeiros National Park in Brazil.

Huibo - Hou - San - Diego - Photographer

Huibo Hou, who’s based in San Diego, won third in the Photographer of the Year competition. Here, she shows the otherworldly Bisti Wilderness Area of New Mexico.

Solitude and silence come through in Hou’s black and white images. Pictured is Yellowstone National Park in winter.

Park - Snow - Silence - Shot - Hou

The park is blanketed in snow and silence in this shot by Hou.

And there’s a sense of isolation in this stark image, which is also from Yellowstone.

Alex - Nail - UK - Mountain - Award

Alex Nail of the UK took the mountain award for this photo of the Southern Highlands...
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