The route to Laguna de los Tres in Patagonia has a certain Middle-earth feel to it, with wooden walkways at one point guiding hikers through marshland framed by mist-wrapped snowy peaks.
And photographer Nick Board has captured the scene with a quite mesmerising photo.
It’s one of thousands of entries in the CEWE ‘Our World Is Beautiful’ photography competition.
The photo book and online retailer has invited amateur and professional photographers to enter images in six categories – sport, people, landscapes, nature and architecture – and the quality of the submissions so far has been outstanding.
The competition is open until June 30, 2017, and last year’s winner, Stephan Gimpel, has advice for any hopefuls who’ve yet to enter: ‘Clearly you need to get the basics right with regards to composition and focus and so on, but in today’s world where millions of photos are taken and shared each day, I think what makes people look twice is a particularly interesting mood or atmosphere created by unique lighting.’
Here MailOnline Travel presents some of the entries that have caught the judges’ eyes so far.
This image is called The Path Ahead. It was taken by Nick Board and shows a stunning section of the route to Laguna de los Tres, El Chalten, in Argentinian Patagonia
He likes to moo-ve it: ‘This image – called Follow Me – was taken at Javea Port on the Costa Blanca in Spain,’ said photographer Alan Humphries. ‘They hold their summer festival in September and at the port they sand over an area and temporary stands are erected and some timber structures that the people can climb on to get away from the bulls. The idea is to try and get the bull to follow you into the water. If you are successful and the bull ends up in the water it is lassoed and taken back to shore. Bulls by the way are very good swimmers and sometimes they have trouble in recapturing them from the water’
Called Illumination, this was taken by Stephan Gimpel in Arizona. He said of the image: ‘The midday sun casts a light beam in a narrow sandstone slot canyon. Apart from the unique colours and textures in the canyon, I particularly like this shot due to the varied light effects caused by the sun hitting first the rock and then the sand floor’
Called Moroccan Vendor, this image, by Carla Oldroyd, taken in Morocco, shows a vendor pausing on the side of a street. Oldroyd said: ‘This photo was a really quick snapshot as the vendor was about to move away and it just happened to make a beautiful shot with the colours of the wall behind’
Serene: This beautiful image was taken by Ceri Jones in Woodcote, Oxfordshire
This bucolic scene was captured by Nora Hamucska, who said of her image: ‘It was a beautiful foggy morning in Cambridge. I was standing on a bridge over the river Cam when the first punters of the day slowly approached surrounded by hungry ducks’
Taken in Glencoe in the Scottish Highlands, this image shows a flock of birds swooping across an eye-catching valley
Reel-y wonderful: Look closely at this picture, taken in South Shields, and you should be able to make out a fisherman angling for his first catch of the day on the rocks
Bright idea: The colourful canal-side houses on the island of Burano in the Venetian Lagoon
Heading for the hills: Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands in all its Mars-like glory
Photographer Kat Ciemiega said of her image, above: ‘This is Brian. I shot this portrait during a boat trip at Uros islands in Peru. I love his cheeky face, playful mood and vivid colours, it makes me smile. He’s not happy his father tried to discipline him and make him stop rocking the boat. He’s a member of an indigenous community, which lives on self-made islands created of reeds sticking out of the Titicaca lake. The islands float on the surface of the river and the citizens can move them as they please. From time to time they have to renew and add layers of reed to the island to prevent it from rotting away. The boat Brian sits on and his house are made of plants. A fascinating way of living’
Christine Eddy turned her lens on this jellyfish in the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, with stunning results