After a horrendous couple of weeks where my planned trip away over the Christmas period has slowly imploded – problems getting visas, passport lost by Royal Mail, and finally the entire trip being canned – (hence the lack of posts recently) I could really do with some inspiration. So it was pleasing to discover some stunning shots from this years National Geographic photo contest.

The deadline was last Friday (sorry you’ve missed it for this year) but The Atlantic’s Alan Taylor has hand selected 50 great shots from this years entries and the standard is certainly high.

Check out the curated 50 shots over at The Atlantic or visit the National Geographic site to browse all the entries and be inspired!