If you are looking for something to inspire you on your next adventure, this stunning gallery of dazzling landscapes could trigger a little passion for travel.
The Weather Channel has revealed some of the scenic performances at its annual It's Amazing Out There Photo contest, now in its fifth year.
Among the shots stands one that shows the Milky Way dramatically illuminating the glassy waters of Reflection Canyon in Utah.
Another shows a golden sunrise shining through a layer of fog that envelops the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.
The overall winner of the The Weather Channel contest will be announced on September 20, with other topics centered on the outside, such as animals in action and extreme weather.
Scroll down to see some of the landscape photos in the race to take the first prize …
David Swindler took this captivating image of the Milky Way while walking through Reflection Canyon in Utah at night
Zach Matthai captured a golden sunrise that shone through a layer of fog that covered the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. He says that early in the summer he often brings fog to the milestone
Miles Morgan says of this shot: "The weather that comes from the Pacific Ocean crashes in the Sierras del Este (California) with a powerful force."
Frederic Fix captured this wave movement violently crashing against the coast in Anglet, in the southwest of France
A ray of morning light illuminates the rocky landscape and a powerful waterfall in Yosemite National Park, California, in this shot taken by Casey Horner
Photographer Armound Nour took this colorful fall image in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which stretches on both sides of the border between North Carolina and Tennessee.
Marcie Vickers took this incredible road image while traveling to Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada
Siu Wu captured this dramatic ice formation while on a winter hike up a windy ridge in the White Mountains, New Hampshire.
Los Angeles photographer Brandon Yoshizawa took this beautiful image of the Milky Way shining on an icy landscape
David Rieck took this impressive shot while walking on the Mishe Mokwa trail in the National Recreational Area of the Santa Monica Mountains in California
Ryan Minion captured this image of Honker & # 39; s Island in the Moraine View State Recreation Area in McLean County, Illinois. He said that the midday sun "lit the fog" over the lake to create an "enveloping light"
Carla Brooks captured the Grand Canyon in Arizona wrapped in clouds in this beautiful shot
Michael Imhoff captured the afternoon sun through storm clouds over the Pilot and Index peaks in northwest Wyoming
Kristian Bell took this smoky photo while walking through the Dolomites mountain range in northeastern Italy
Benjamin Williamson took a brilliant bioluminescence image on the coast (left), while Daniel Gomez broke the Milky Way by casting a mysterious glow over Stonehenge in Salisbury (right)
Photographer Adams Serra, based in Florida, simply titled this cold photograph "severe winter"
Mary Machnica said she was "looking for the stars" as she stayed awake to look at the night sky during a trip to Monument Valley on the Arizona-Utah border.
Derek Gomez took this movement of a wave rolling towards the shore with the sun setting slowly in the background
Arizona photographer, Michael Wilson, captured this photo of the sunrise, with a golden light illuminating the red rock
Bob Coorsen ventured to the Delicate Arch in Arches National Park near Moab, Utah, to get this impressive shot of the Milky Way
The waves crash against the shore in this atmospheric shot taken by Matt Hunter on the edge of Lake Michigan
The mist of dawn covers the landscape in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, in this photo taken by Michael Yormark. He says that "a detailed examination shows the tips of ancient temples in the distance"
Daniel Barlow traveled to Keyhole Arch on Pfeiffer Beach in California to get this dramatic shot
Jonathan Fassett hooked this image while flying around the Stokksnes promontory on the southeast coast of Iceland
Nevada-based photographer Ethan Ruhland said he saw a "river of clouds" when he looked at this landscape
Joshua Swanson said he took this nighttime photo at the Hut Point Peninsula on Ross Island, in Antarctica. He said he could see frozen sea ice running towards the horizon with tidal cracks along the shore. He added that Jupiter, Saturn and Mars were "very visible" in the ink-stained sky
Tom Bixler said that after a week of heavy rains and floods, Wallaman Falls in the northern region of Queensland, Australia, "went like never before." He took this photo at the base of the falls in an attempt to show the 'absolute power and beauty that nature has'.
Ivan Gastaldo captured a beautiful sunset reflection while in the middle of Florida's Everglades National Park
Micahel Lewington took this image of a fiery red sky looming over the Natural Injidup Spa on the Yallingup Coast in Western Australia
Siu Wu was happy to find a perfect reflection while exploring Maligne Lake in the wilds of Jasper National Park in the Canadian Rockies
The fog sneaks in and hides the view of a bay in Alaska, in this shot taken by Michael Lantz
Jassen Todorov took this stunning aerial photograph in Andalusia, Spain. He says there are numerous bridges over the "colorful and picturesque marshes"
A warm glow emanates from a group of houses around the Lofoten archipelago in Norway, in this photo taken by Michael Epel
Jason Schroeder said of this shot: "In April we were bombarded with a big storm that started with strong winds, hail and freezing rain and then it became a blizzard that left us a foot of snow." I left our pier in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, to capture the waves that hit the lighthouse, I could not get close, but the experience was an experience that will last me a long time.
The presentation of Michael Epel in the contest The Weather Channel shows a misty dawn sweeping the Tuscan landscape
The photographer Sunil Sharma took this bright picture of undulating patterns in the snow, and added the legend "life always finds the way".