The spectacular images are actually the winners of the international Travel Photographer of the Year awards and are now on display at a special exhibition in London.
The Royal Geographical Society is hosting the series of award-winning images documenting the magnificence and beauty of the Earth and its inhabitants.
1. Crimson circle:
Boys play at the Holi festival in Mathura city, Uttar Pradesh, India. Photographer Sahil Lodha of India got a Special Mention for Best Single Image in a Portfolio in the Vanishing and Emerging Cultures category with this vibrant shot
2. Motherly love:
David Lazar of Australia perfectly captures the adoring expressions on the faces of these lionesses as the baby cub walks ahead of them
3. Special Mention went toTariq Sawyer from Switzerland
His photograph of a shepherd and his flock in the Altai Mountains, Bayan-Olgii Aimag, Mongolia
4. Incredible depth and power:
Gerald Baeck of Austria took this amazing photograph of Powell Point, Grand Canyon South Rim in Arizona to merit his place in the Royal Geographical Society’s exhibition
5. ‘The Dogon people of the Sahel’ by British photographer Timothy Allen
The winner of the Cutty Sark Award for the Travel Photographer of the Year 2013
6. Tender moment:
Marco Urso, from Italy, got a special mention for his spectacular shot capturing the love between a you cheetah cub and its mother in the Masai Mara, Kenya
7. ‘Jasper Doest brings nature, anywhere in the world, closer,’
Said the judges of his elegant pictures of macaques in Japan, which are boldly and unusually portrayed with their eyes closed – a technique which rarely works with portraits and which bagged him joint winner in the Wild Stories category
8. Camels race to the finish line whipped by robot jockeys, watched by large crowds and an enormous television and online audience.
Taken by Australian photographer Jason Edwards, his series were highly commended in the Vanishing and Emerging Cultures category
9. Lighting up the sky:
British photographer James Woodend captured this stunning image of the Northern Lights in Kirkjufell, West Iceland
Emmanuel Coupe of France captured this arresting monochrome image ofan unusual land formation at Hvítserkur in North Iceland to win a place in the exhibition
11. In their natural habitat:
A wet bear shakes himself dry. Taken by Marco Urso of Italy, at Kurile Lake, Kamchatka, Russia.
12. A lioness defends her kill from vultures, hyenas and jackals. The photograph was taken by Nicolas Lotsos of Greece in Kenya
13. Raw closeup:
Lionesses hunting on Chief’s Island, Okavango Delta in Botswana gave Ed Hetherington of the USA runner up prize in the Wild Stories category