By Noah Kaufman
Updated August 07, 2014
Credit: © Marc Henauer / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

Good news for anyone who hasn’t had astonishing pictures to look at recently: National Geographic Traveler announced the winners of its annual photo contest this week. More than 18,000 people submitted pictures from some of the farthest reaches of the planet and a panel of judges sifted through all of them to pick the best.

Entries for the contest are accepted every year from March until June, so any photographers out there can start planning submissions for next year. Until then, here is a dose of I-want-to-go-to-there images to last you for a while.

These are some of our favorites with captions provided by the photographers, but you can see all of the winners and the rest of the 18,000 entries here.