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Jul

The 2016 National Geographic traveler photo contest winners

Each year National Geographic holds its prestigious travel photography contest. 2016’s has come to an end and it’s time to announce the winners! Chosen from more than 10,000 entries, below are the best traveler photos of the year.

Photographers submitted some stunning images of places they had visited, and National Geographic awarded their winner with a week-long adventure. The winning images were selected from three categories: People, Cities and Nature. The grand prize is a seven-day Polar Bear Safari for two in Churchill, Canada.

Grand Prize Winner

Photo by Anthony Lau

Photo by Anthony Lau

A photograph of a horseman in Inner Mongolia taken by Anthony Lau of Hong Kong has won the 2016 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,” said Anthony. “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 Photography

First Place Winner

Photo by Hiroki Inoue

Photo by Hiroki Inoue

Hiroki Inoue won first place for Nature with this photo of two foxes running through snow in Biei, Hokkaido, Japan, titled “Wherever you go, I will follow you!”

Second Place Winner

Photo by Massimiliano Bencivenni

Photo by Massimiliano Bencivenni

The Brazilian Pantanal, which is the world’s largest wetland, along the Rio Negrinho was the location for this jaw-dropping moment. The photo is quite captivating and aptly named “Double Trapping.”

“The whole thing lasted only a fraction of a moment,” said photographer Massimiliano Bencivenni.

Third Place Winner

Photo by Victor Lima

Photo by Victor Lima

Finally, third place in Nature went to Victor Lima for this night time shot of the Lagunas Baltinache in the Atacama Desert, Chile. The Baltinache Ponds, also called Hidden Ponds are a set of seven salt ponds located in the area of the Salt Cordillera.

City Photography

First Place Winner

Photo by Takashi Nakagawa

Photo by Takashi Nakagawa

First place in the Cities category went to Takashi Nakagawa. Even though there were a lot of people in Ben Youssef, it was still quiet and relaxing compare to the street outside in Marrakesh. Takashi was waiting for the perfect timing to photograph for long time.

Second Place Winner

Photo by Wing Ka H

Photo by Wing Ka H

This photo of school dormitories for South China Normal University was taken in Guangzhou, Guangdong Sheng, China. Wing Ka H was hanging around, capturing most of the students on a break.

Third Place Winner

Photo by Jeremy Tan

Photo by Jeremy Tan

Lightning seemingly strikes Komtar Tower, the most iconic landmark of George Town, capital of Penang state in Malaysia. Jeremy Tan won third place in the Cities category for this striking image. It’s 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, a UNESCO World Heritage listing in 2008 sparked a transformation.

People Photography

First Place Winner

Photo by Anthony Lau

Photo by Anthony Lau

Also the Grand Prize Winner, titled “Winter Horseman”, it shows a horseman at work in Inner Mongolia.

Second Place Winner

Photo by Yasmin Mund

Photo by Yasmin Mund

Second Place in the People category went to Yasmin Mund for an image titled “Rooftop Dreams, Varanasi”. Taken at 5:30 on the rooftop of a guest house, Mund’s image shows families sleeping in the summer heat at sunrise.

“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.”

Third Place Winner

Photo by Mattia Passarini

Photo by Mattia Passarini

And finally, a women in a remote village in Himachal Pradesh, India, carries fire wood in Mattia Passarini. The photo was awarded third place in the People category for this year’s National Geographic photography contest.


Source: http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/photographer-of-the-year-2016/

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