National Geographic Traveler Magazine has announced the winners of its prestigious photography competition which showcases the planet in all its diversity.

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Now in its 25th year, the competition received more than 15,000 entries from photographers around the globe, with contestants submitting photographs in four categories: Travel Portraits, Outdoor Scenes, Sense of Place and Spontaneous Moments.

The winning images will appear in the December 2013/January 2014 issue of National Geographic Traveler magazine.