Each year, National Geographic puts a call out to its world-trekking readers to send in their best picture for a chance to win $10,000, get published in the magazine, and reap all the prestigious photographic glory the prize entails. There are four weeks left to submit your images of people, places, and nature (the three official categories), but NatGeo sent us a few of their favorites, and then we picked 10 of our own favorites from those. Fireflies in Wisconsin, opera performers from Kuala Lumpur, acrobatic children from Burkina Faso, and horses from Spain all make appearances, which just goes to show: You can be a great photographer anywhere in the world.
Here are the sickest snapshots from the National Geographic photo contest, so far.
Submit your own photos to the National Geographic Photo Contest here.