Hamamatsu, Japan: Visitors come to Bentenjima Island from mid-November to mid-January, when the setting sun is framed by the torii gate, creating marvelous shots like this one. Click through the gallery for the rest of the best travel photos of 2018:
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Krasnoyarsk, Russia: Deep in the Siberian winter, with air temperature at about -16 C (3 F), a man fishes on the banks of the Yenisei River.
Kirkjufell, Iceland: The aurora borealis, or northern lights, are seen over Kirkjufell, a 463-meter mountain on the west coast of Iceland.
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New Delhi, India: One of the largest mosques in India, Jama Masjid was commissioned by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan and completed in 1656.
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Lisbon, Portugal: A popular way to explore the Portuguese capital is to ride its distinctive yellow trams around the city's cobbled hills.
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Soshartyan, Hungary: As December temperatures fall below 0 Celsius (32 F), a church stands above a layer of fog in the Hungarian village of Soshartyan.
Linfen, China: The Hukou Waterfall scenic spot lies on the border between north China's Shanxi Province and northwest China's Shaanxi Province.
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Cairo, Egypt: The mosque of Ibn Tulun is the oldest mosques in the Egyptian capital of Cairo standing in its original form.
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San Sebastian, Spain: Dogs run free along Ondarreta Beach as a dramatic sunset takes over the December sky.
Munich, Germany: "Never Again," a work by artist Walter Kuhn to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, fills Munich's Königsplatz.
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Xinjiang, China: Red peppers are aired following the fall harvest in northwest China's Xinjiang Province.
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Wallops Island, Virginia: An Antares rocket sets off from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility en route to the International Space Station, where it will deliver vital research materials, crew supplies and vehicle hardware.
Volcán de Fuego, Guatemala: Close to 4,000 people were evacuated from their homes in November when Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupted, spewing ash and lava.
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Valley of the Gods, Utah: A team of international base jumping athletes rig a 503-meter slackline in Utah's spectacular Valley of the Gods.
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Yerevan, Armenia: The Armenian Genocide Memorial complex, Tsitsernakaberd, was built in 1967 in the Armenian capital of Yerevan to commemorate the approximately 1.5 million Armenians killed in the Ottoman Empire between 1914 and 1923.
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New Delhi: The Lotus Temple, made up of 27 free-standing marble-clad "petals," is a Bahá'í House of Worship and one of India's most popular sights.
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Dhaka, Bangladesh: In Bangladesh, Hindu devotees sit together on a temple floor to observe Rakher Upobash celebrations.
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Uji, Japan: Byodoin Temple, built in the 10th century, is a Buddhist place of worship and a UNESCO World Heritage site.
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Paris: The Louvre is the world's largest art museum and is home to around 38,000 exhibits. It receives more than eight million visitors a year.
Amberley, United Kingdom: An enchanting mist fills lower-lying areas in South Downs National Park, which is in West Sussex near Amberly, England, in early October.
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Katsuta, Japan: Visitors wander through a field of bright red kochias (summer cypress) at Hitachi Seaside Park in Katsuta, east of Tokyo. In early to mid-October, these kochias turn from green to red and become a photographer's paradise.
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Stuttgart, Germany: Revelers ride a chain carousel at the 173rd Cannstatter Volksfest, a three-week long beer festival and fair. Stuttgart is in southwestern Germany, about a two-hour drive from the French border.
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Zakynthos, Greece: The Blue Caves in the Bay of Skinari on the Greek island of Zakynthos in the Ionian Sea are one of the island's top tourist attractions. The water's incredible color comes from special light reflections.
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Milan, Italy: This striking image is taken at the "Inside Magritte" multimedia path at the Fabbrica del Vapore (Steam Factory), an arts center in this northern Italian city.
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Arolla, Switzerland: In mid-October in Arolla, western Switzerland, visitors throw stones in the "Blue Lake." Algae and glacial clays colors the water this vivid blue.
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Trieste, Italy: At the 50th Barcolana regatta in Trieste, Italy, boats sail past the Victory Lighthouse. This historic regatta is held annually on the second Sunday of October.
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Weng'an, China: This aerial shot depicts kayaks moored on the Jiangjie River in Weng'an County, which is in southwest China's Guizhou Province.
Rotterdam, the Netherlands: This is the Cube House in Rotterdam -- 38 cube-shaped pile dwellings and 13 business cubes. The Cube House was designed by architect Piet Blom.
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\North Tyneside, United Kingdom: A surfer heads toward the North Sea at sunrise in North Tyneside in northern England.
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Seljalandsfoss, Iceland: Iceland's Seljalandsfoss waterfall features a 60-meter drop (197 feet) and is part of the Seljalands River. Visitors here are able to walk behind the falls and explore the cave behind.
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Phimai, Thailand: One of the largest Khmer temples in Thailand, the centerpiece of Phimai Historical Park is the restored ruins of the Prasat Phimai sanctuary.
Pucón, Chile: Villarrica -- seen here from the town of Pucón -- is one of Chile's most active volcanoes. Its last major eruption was in 2015.
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New York City: The "Tribute in Light" is an art installation lit annually in New York on September 11. Searchlights are used to create two vertical columns of light representing the Twin Towers.
Moscow: Zaryadye Park opened near the Kremlin in September 2017. One of its highlights is the 70-meter "floating bridge" designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the architectural studio behind New York's High Line Park.
Polignano a Mare, Italy: The town of Polignano a Mare, in southern Italy on the Adriatic coast, played host in September to the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series.
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Valais, Switzerland: There's a 100-meter ice tunnel and ice chamber inside Switzerland's Rhone Glacier. It's cut fresh each year and the season runs from June to October.
Rome: What's more spectacular than St Peter's Basilica? Two St Peter's Basilicas. Photographer Tiziana Fabi caught this reflection in a puddle in September.
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Hunan province, China: This aerial shot shows a farmer raking rice crops for air-drying. This year, China marked its first Farmers' Harvest Festival on September 23.
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Moscow: This aerial views shows the unusually shaped building at 13 Nezhinskaya Street, a circular house in Moscow's Ochakovo-Matveyevskoye District.
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Manchester, England: "Waves," part of Paul Cummins and Tom Piper's art installation "Poppies: Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red," went on display in Manchester's Imperial War Museum North in September.
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Marseille, France: In southern France, an aerial foot-bridge links the 17th-century Fort Saint Jean with the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations (pictured).
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Reno, Nevada: The 37th Great Reno Balloon Race took place this year from September 7 to 9. More than 100 hot air balloons took to the sky in this annual event.
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Cley next the Sea, England: The 18th-century Cley Windmill is lit dramatically at sunrise on the Norfolk coast in England's East Anglia.
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Paris: In September, designers Motoko Ishii and Akari-Lisa Ishii presented a two-day light show on the Eiffel Tower to celebrate the Japanese cultural season and 160 years of diplomatic relations between France and Japan.
Düsseldorf, Germany: Tomás Saraceno's art installation "in orbit" is on permanent display at the K21 Standehaus art museum.
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Guangzhou, China: Sometimes known as the "Notre Dame of East Asia," Guangzhou's Sacred Heart Cathedral is a Gothic Revival building completed in the 19th century.
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Pyongyang, North Korea: The 170-meter Juche Tower -- named after the Juche ideology introduced by Kim Il-sung, first Supreme Leader of North Korea -- rises above the Pyongyang skyline.
Hasenmoor, Germany: A festival atmosphere overtook Hartenholm airfield from August 30 to September 2, as crowds gathered for a new edition of the legendary Porsche vs. customized motorcycle "Werner Race."
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Beijing: The 24-hour bookstore Page One, located in front of Zhengyang Gate, is beautiful inside and out. It has a stunning architectural interior plus great views over the city.
Yokohama, Japan: A man rides a public electric bike through the port city of Yokohama, Japan's second-largest city.
New York City, New York: The elevated glass walkways at Grand Central Terminal in Midtown Manhattan aren't open to the general public, but employees use them to get between connecting offices.
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Durrës, Albania: Parasols dot a beach in the port city of Durrës on the Adriatic Sea. Beach-goers made the most of the summer heatwave sweeping Europe and beyond.
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Manzhouli, China: Situated on the border with Russia and very close Mongolia, the frontier town of Manzhouli is home to a 215-acre amusement park with a Russian Doll theme.
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Ba Na Hills, Vietnam: The 150-meter-long Golden Bridge rises above Trường Sơn Mountains. It's supported by a pair of giant hands which may look weathered, but the bridge opened only in June 2018.
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Athens, Greece: A giant statue of Oedipus is featured in the performance of Sophocles' "Oedipus at Colonus." It's part of the 2018 Athens and Epidaurus Festival, held this year in August.
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Kalyazin, Russia: Kalyazin Bell Tower is all that can be seen of the submerged monastery of St. Nicholas, which was lost underwater after the creation of the Uglich Reservoir along the Volga River at the end of the 1930s.
Fairlea, West Virginia: Pictured on its opening day, August 9, the 2018 State Fair of West Virginia was held in the town of Fairlea.
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Richmond, British Columbia: Children float inside inflatable water walking balls in a pool at the Richmond Night Market in the Canadian city of Richmond in August.
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Manila: Visitors look at jellyfish inside the Manila Ocean Park in the Philippines capital.
Quito, Ecuador: French artist Laurent Langlois' work "Heritage" is projected on to the San Francisco church in the historical center of Quito ahead of the town's Festival of Light, which took place this year from August 8 to 12.
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London: In the East London neighborhood of Shoreditch, a new mural by artist Jules Muck, in collaboration with Global Street Art, pays tribute to the late musician Aretha Franklin.
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Haltern, Germany: An aerial view of a beach on the shores of Lake Silbersee shows beach-goers enjoying the early August heatwave.
Antalya, Turkey: Hand-knotted carpets are spread out in the sunshine in order to soften the color of their dyes.
Cappadocia, Turkey: Hot-air balloons rise into the sky at sunset, allowing tourists stunning views of cone-shaped rock formations and rippled ravines.