They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder – but it’s hard not to get skin tingles when you see these stunning images.
They are winning pictures and shortlisted entries from the sixth annual International Landscape Photographer of the Year competition.
More than 3,400 photos were entered into the contest from both amateur and professional photographers from around the globe. The shots feature everything from remote beaches to moody mountain ranges.
Oleg Ershov from Russia has been revealed as the Photographer of the Year (an award based on a folio submission of at least four images) for his shots of Cumbrian beaches and Icelandic streams. Oleg is an amateur who funds his passion for photography by working at a food distribution company.
The Landscape Photograph of the Year prize, meanwhile, was awarded to Magali Chesnel from France, for her shot entitled ‘The Harvest of Road Salt’, which depicts the Salin de I’île Saint Martin in Gruissan, France.
Scroll down to see a selection of the eye-widening images that were presented to the judges during the contest…
Pictured is Monte Fitz Roy, a mountain in Patagonia, on the border of Chile and Argentina. It was taken by Kelvin Yuen from Hong Kong
Chilean photographer Rodrigo Viveros snapped this image in Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia on the southern tip of Chile
In this shot, the Vestrahorn in Iceland is captured beneath the alien-green glow of the Northern Lights. It was snapped by Italian photographer Nico Rinaldi
This image of Kvalvika Beach in Lofoten, Norway, was taken by Polish photographer Rafal R. Nebelski. This remote beach can only be accessed on foot
An image of a stone in the sand of Fleswick Bay in Cumbria, left, was part of the collection of pictures that won amateur Russian photographer Oleg Ershov the title of Landscape Photographer of the Year. Entitled ‘The Harvest of Road Salt’, the image, right, of the Salin de I’île Saint Martin in Gruissan, France, bagged French photographer Magali Chesnel the prize for Landscape Photograph of the Year
Australian snapper Ignacio Palacios submitted this wavy shot of Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, a protected area of Brazil’s Atlantic coast. This image helped him scoop the Abstract Aerial Award
This moody photograph depicts Mount Rainier in Washington, USA, beneath the stars. It was taken by Greg Boratyn from the USA
Brandon Yoshizawa from the USA captured a remarkable image, left, of a SpaceX rocket exhaust plume over the Sierra Nevada mountains in California. He scooped the Heavenly Cloud award. German photographer Tom Hegen travelled to Greenland to capture an image, right, of the Unesco World Heritage site, Ilulissat Icefjord, which is 250 miles north of the Arctic Circle
This atmospheric image depicts the Kaçkar Mountains that rise above the Black Sea on the east coast of Turkey. It’s the work of Turkish photographer Aytek Çetin
Australian snapper Gergo Rugli caught this image of roiling waves breaking on Bronte Beach, seven kilometres east of Sydney
David Swindler from the USA took this image of canary-yellow plants growing in the arid ground of the Badlands of Utah, USA
The frost-covered Monte Fitz Roy in Patagonia, Argentina, is reflected in a pool of ice water in this image by Chinese photographer Yuekai Du from China
Weihao Pan from China took this icy shot in Southeast Alaska, the northern terminus of the Inside Passage cruise and shipping route
American photographer Greg Stokesbury caught this image of the snow-frosted Californian Sierras beneath a lavender sky
Killcare Heights in Australia is featured beneath the stars at sunset in this jaw-flooring image by Australian photographer Tony Law
Romanian photographer Daniel Mîrlea ventured into the 171 square kilometre Cozia National Park in Romania to take this snowy mountain image with its gravity-defying subject
This shot of jagged mountains and a mirror-shine lake was taken in Torres del Paine National Park, Chile, by Chinese photographer Yuekai Du
A solitary cloud mushrooms above the snow-dusted sands of the Badain Jaran Desert in China in this image by Chinese photographer China Photog
This shot of the wave-like Eureka Dunes in Death Valley, California, was captured by American snapper Jim Hildreth
Dutch photographer Sander Grefte captured this colourful image of the salt lakes and mountains on the island of Bonaire in the Dutch Caribbean. The image earned his second place in the landscape photograph of the year category
A stark image of the white clay pan of Deadvlei in Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia. It was shot by Polish photographer Tomasz Szpila
Chinese photographer Tony Wang captured a dramatic image, left, in Bromo Volcano National Park, Indonesia. Pictured right is a serene shot of Floe Lake in Kootenay National Park, British Columbia, Canada by Matt Jackisch
The stunning Wangu Falls in Northern Taiwan is captured by photographer Kuo Zei Yang, who hails from Taiwan