Winners Announced In The National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest
National Geographic has just announced the winners of its 2016 Travel Photographer of the Year Contest. The grand prize-winner, “Winter Horseman” won a seven-day polar bear safari for two at Churchill Wild-Seal River Heritage Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World. The winning photo, selected from thousands of entries, depicts a Mongolian horseman showing off his amazing riding skills.
The photograph was taken by Anthony Lau of Hong King after an early morning hike in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region of China. “The snow was getting heavier, the wind was getting stronger, the morning snow was getting thinner and the light was moving away from its optimal position,” Lau told National Geographic. “I knew I only had a couple of shots to get the best out of this encounter. With a bit of luck, one of my final attempts managed to capture the moment when one of the riders charged out from the morning mist along with his horses.”
Update: This article originally appeared on July 05, 2016.
Grand Prize: “Winter Horseman”
Photo and caption by Anthony Lau /National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest
The Winter in Inner Mongolia is very unforgiving. At a freezing temperature of minus twenty and lower with constant breeze of snow from all direction, it was pretty hard to convince myself to get out of the car and take photos. Not until I saw Inner Mongolia horsemen showing off their skills in commanding the steed from a distance, I quickly grab my telephoto lens and capture the moment when one of the horseman charged out from morning mist .
Nature First Place: ”Wherever you go, I will follow you!”
Photo and caption by Hiroki Inoue /National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest
Romance is in the air. It was the time of day immediately following sunset. I heard a voice. "Wherever you go, I will follow you" the voice says.
Cities First Place: “Ben Youssef”
Photo and caption by Takashi Nakagawa /National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest
Even though there were a lot of people in Ben Youssef, still here was more quiet and relaxing compare to the street outside in Marrakesh. I was waiting for the perfect timing to photograph for long time.
Nature Second Place: “Double trapping”
Photo and caption by Massimiliano Bencivenni /National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest
Picture taken in the Brazilian Pantanal... when I downloaded the CF did not want to believe it .... The nature knows we always give magnificent events but sometimes extraordinary
People Second Place: “Rooftop Dreams, Varanasi”
Photo and caption by Yasmin Mund /National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest
I arrived at my guest house in Varanasi at 5:30am, I instinctively climbed the 7 sets of stairs to the rooftop (which happened to be the highest in the vicinity) to see the sunrise over the famous Ganges River. As the sun was rising I looked over the right hand side of the balcony and my jaw dropped with disbelief. Below were families - mothers, fathers, children, brothers, sister and dogs all sleeping on the top of their houses. It was mid summer in Varanasi and sleeping sans AC was difficult.
Cities Second Place: “Silenced”
Photo and caption by Wing Ka H. /National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest
This photo was taken on my last trip to GuangZhou, China. This place is a school dormitories of South China Normal University. When I was hanging around, most of them were taking a break. After the lunch time, they need to go back to study. The dormitories were smelly and messy.
Nature Third Place: Lagunas Baltinache (Atacama Desert)
Photo and caption by Victor Lima /National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest
The Baltinache Ponds, also called Hidden Ponds are a set of seven salt ponds located in the area of the Salt Cordillera, near San Pedro de Atacama, in the second region of northern Chile, in the Atacama desert. After much research, I believe to be the first photographer to publish night photos of this place, but it is still necessary to confirm this information. Tech Details: Photography done in one shot. Foreground was illuminated by the moonlight.
People Third Place: “Remote life at -21 degree”
Photo and caption by Mattia Passarini /National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest
Kinnaura tribal old women in remote village in Himachal Pradesh carrying big log back home to warm up her house
Cities Third Place: “Celestial Reverie”
Photo and caption by Jeremy Tan /National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest
Lightning seemingly strikes Komtar Tower, the most iconic landmark of George Town, capital of Penang state in Malaysia. It is symbolic of the rejuvenation that the city, famous for a unique blend of centuries-old buildings and modern structures, has enjoyed in recent years. While many of its old neighbourhoods fell into neglect in the 1990s and early 2000s, UNESCO World Heritage listing in 2008 sparked a transformation, and today, they are all part of a vibrant tourist destination.
People Honorable Mention: “Muscle Beach Gym”
Photo and caption by Dotan Saguy /National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest
A weightlifter lifts a barbell loaded with heavy plates while a bodybuilder performs an aerial handstand at the Muscle Beach Gym in Venice Beach, CA.
Cities Honorable Mention: “Divide”
Photo and caption by Kathleen Dolmatch /National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest
In the helicopter looking south on Central Park West - dividing the architecture and Central Park, on November 5th 2014, a day before my 27th birthday. The flight was my birthday gift.