Photographers from across the globe tell the stories behind the glittering, colorful landscapes found in "Illuminating the World," a curated collection of stunning photos drawn from submissions in National Geographic's photo community, Your Shot.

 
Manarola, Italy

Photo: Paul Hogie/Your Shot

Manarola, Italy

"I camped on this spot for some time waiting for the right balance of light as the sun set. I was rewarded with many great shots of the late afternoon and even in moonlight. This long exposure captures the essence of the village life with a party on the wharf."

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Christmas market in Estonia

Photo: Risto Hunt/Your Shot

Christmas Market, Estonia

"Christmas market illuminated one winter evening in the old town of Tallinn, Estonia."

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Yi Peng Festival in Thailand

Photo: Justin Ng/Your Shot

Yi Peng Festival, Thailand

"Monks looked up at the magnificent night sky filled with thousands of lanterns in awe. This was the moment I've been waiting for and it lasted very quickly due to strong wind. A very heavy downpour occurred right after we left the place."

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Pitlochry, Scotland

Photo: Eddie Bayne/Your Shot

Pitlochry, Scotland

"Visited a light show in Pitlochry, Scotland."

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Shanghai Highways

Photo: Paul Reiffer/Your Shot

Shanghai Highways

"Shanghai's famous elevated roads come to life at night as the city illuminates them with bright blue lights. Light trails from the cars lead toward the futuristic skyline of Pudong in the background."

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Holiday Display in Tokyo

Photo: Hiro Kurashina/Your Shot

Holiday Display in Tokyo

"People are walking through the Christmas night in downtown Tokyo to enjoy the illumination by millions of LED lights."

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Ranohira, Madagascar

Photo: Michele Martinelli/Your Shot

Ranohira, Madagascar

"The colors of neon lights that illuminate this motel recall the colors of the Malagasy flag."

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Catie Leary is a photo editor at Mother Nature Network. Follow her on Twitter and Google+.