Photograph by Per-Andre Hoffmann, Aurora
Waterfalls cascade into a picture-perfect pool in Laguna, a province on Luzon Island in the Philippines.
Luzon is the country’s largest island—and the fourth most populous island in the world.
Tianmen Mountain, China
Photograph by Reuters
Frost rimes a walkway—and the greenery surrounding it—on Tianmen Mountain in Zhangjiajie, Hunan Province, China.
The bridge connects with an all-glass walkway that hugs the mountain some 4,700 feet above sea level.
Coyote Buttes, Arizona
Photograph by Stephen Matera
A hiker makes his way through the Wave, a swirl of striped, fossilized dunes in the Coyote Buttes of Arizona's far north.
The Bureau of Land Management admits only 20 people a day to the Wave, so visitors are left nearly alone in the geological wilderness.
Death Valley, California
Photograph by Marc Adamus, Aurora Photos
The Milky Way glitters over a stand of Joshua trees in Death Valley, California.
The enchanting scene belies the harsh conditions here - the park got its name from a group of pioneers who became lost in the area and were sure they'd never survive the ordeal.
Chhau Dancers, India
Photograph by Rupak De Chowdhuri, Reuters
Unmasked, dancers take a break after performing a traditional dance called Chhau in a Purulia village.
The elaborate dance is performed at religious festivals.
Kota Bharu, Malaysia
Photograph by Duratul Ain D., National Geographic Your Shot
Fresh produce and baskets of fish surround a woman at the Siti Khadijah market in Kota Bharu, Malaysia. The city is close to the Thai border.
Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
Photograph by Gleb Tarro, National Geographic Your Shot
The Cuernos (Horns) del Paine grab the early morning light in Chile's wild Torres del Paine National Park.
Once the haunt of a few stalwart climbers, the park now draws more than 100,000 visitors a year.
Carnival of Binche, Belgium
Photograph by Sergi Reboredo, VWPics/Redux
The town of Binche, Belgium, takes its Mardi Gras silliness seriously, with street performances, costumed revelers, music, and dancing.
The centuries-old event has been named by UNESCO a "masterpiece of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity."