National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year 2016

Stunning, stunning and more stunning: I am constantly amazed by nature and man alike, and seeing such awe-inspiring events and scenery captured in a split second is one of life’s great privileges.

This year’s National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year winner was a picture of an Inner Mongolian horseman whipping his team of horses in the early morning mist called Winter Horseman.

The image earned its photographer Anthony Lau the grand prize of a seven-day trip for two on the Polar Bear Safari at a National Geographic Unique Lodge: Churchill Wild-Seal River Heritage Lodge.  Anthony can settle into this cozy lodge on the banks of the Hudson Bay and head out on guided excursions to photograph polar bears and other wildlife against a dramatic landscape of snow and ice; he’ll enjoy incredible cuisine and stories around the fireplace, and then can take a short step into the night to capture the mesmerizing northern lights.


Grand Prize Winner

“Winter Horseman”

Photo and caption by Anthony Lau

Winter Horseman by Anthony Lau, who said: '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, [did] I quickly grab my telephoto lens and capture the moment when one of the horseman charged out from morning mist' 

The winter in Inner Mongolia is very unforgiving. At a freezing temperature of minus 20 and lower, with a constant breeze of snow from all directions, it was pretty hard to convince myself to get out of the car and take photos. I saw horsemen showing off their skills and commanding the steed from a distance. I quickly grabbed my telephoto lens and captured the moment when one of the horsemen charged out from the morning mist.

Second Place Winner, People

“Rooftop Dreams, Varanasi”

Photo and caption by Yasmin Mund

Rooftop Dreams, Varanasi by Yasmin Mund, who said: 'I arrived at my guest house in Varanasi at 5:30am, I instinctively climbed the seven 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, sisters and dogs all sleeping on the top of their houses. It was mid summer in Varanasi and sleeping sans AC was difficult' 

It was 5:30 a.m. and I had just arrived in Varanasi, India, off a sleeper train. I got to my guesthouse and instinctively climbed the seven flights of stairs to see the sunrise over the famous Ganges River. As I looked over the side of the rooftop terrace, my jaw dropped in disbelief. Below were mothers, fathers, children, cats, dogs, and monkeys all sleeping on their roofs. It was midsummer in Varanasi and sleeping without air-conditioning was pretty difficult. Can you spot the curry?

Third Place Winner, People

Remote Life

Photo and caption by mattia passarini

Remote life at -21 degree by Mattia Passarini, who said: '[This] Kinnaura tribal old woman in remote village in Himachal Pradesh [was] carrying a big log back home to warm up her house' 

An old woman in a remote village in Himachal Pradesh, India, carries a big log back home to warm up her house.

Honorable Mention, People

“Muscle Beach Gym”

Photo and caption by Dotan Saguy

Muscle Beach Gym by by Dotan Saguy, who said: 'A weightlifter lifts a barbell loaded with heavy plates while a body builder performs an aerial handstand at the Muscle Beach Gym in Venice Beach, CA'

A weightlifter lifts a barbell loaded with heavy plates while a bodybuilder performs an aerial handstand at the Muscle Beach Gym in Venice Beach, California.

First Place Winner, Nature

“Wherever You Go, I Will Follow”

Photo and caption by Hiroki Inoue

Wherever you go, I will follow you!! by Hiroki Inoue, who said: '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' 

It was when I drove back home feeling disappointed with the fact that I had finished the day in vain without any anticipated subject that I heard the joyful voice from the car window like “quack, quack!” There they were: red foxes. Around the end of the winter, they meet the season of love; they care for and love each other enough to make us jealous.

Second Place Winner, Nature

“Double Trapping”

Photo and caption by Massimiliano Bencivenni

Double Trapping by Massimiliano Bencivenni, who said: [This] picture [was] taken in the Brazilian Pantanal. When I downloaded the CF did not want to believe it' 

I was in the Brazilian Pantanal along the Rio Negrinho. I realized that the river, at certain points of the loops, created places where there were many yacare caimans. I saw a yacare sink suddenly, and I immediately looked for the best location to photograph when it resurfaced. The whole thing lasted only a fraction of a moment.

Third Place Winner, Nature

“Lagunas Baltinache (Atacama Desert)”

Photo and caption by Victor Lima

Lagunas Baltinache (Atacama Desert) by Victor Lima, who said: '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' 

I made this photo during my recent photographic expedition in Atacama Desert, in April 2016. I embarked alone on this adventure to find images not yet published of the most arid desert in the world and its contrasts. Despite the Atacama Desert being one of the best places on the planet to do night photography, in my prior research I discovered that there were not many night photos in the main tourist destinations there.

First Place Winner, Cities

“Ben Youssef”

Photo and caption by Takashi Nakagawa

Takashi Nakagawa: 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.

Marrakesh, Morocco, is an exciting city for any traveler, but I was tired of walking on the crowded street and being asked for money from local people, so I was looking for a place to settle down. Even though there were a lot of people in Ben Youssef Madrasa, it was still a more quiet and relaxing place than outside. Suddenly a beautiful reflection appeared on the shallow pool when I was taking a rest.

Second Place Winner, Cities

“Silenced”

Photo and caption by Wing Ka H.

Silenced by Wing Ka H, who said: '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' 

This photo was taken on my last trip to Guangzhou, China. This place is the school dormitories of South China Normal University. When I was hanging around, most of them were taking a break. After lunchtime, they needed to go back to study.

Third Place Winner, Cities

“Celestial Reverie”

Photo and caption by Jeremy Tan

Celestial Reverie by Jeremy Tan, who said: '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.'

Lightning seemingly strikes Komtar Tower, the most iconic landmark of George Town, capital of Penang state in Malaysia, during a thunderstorm. 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 neighborhoods fell into neglect in the 1990s and early 2000s, a UNESCO World Heritage listing in 2008 sparked a transformation.

Honorable Mention, Cities

“Divide”

Photo and caption by Kathleen Dolmatch

Divide by Kathleen Dolmatch, who said: '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' 

From a doorless helicopter looking south on Central Park West, dividing the architecture and Central Park, on November 5, 2014, a day before my 27th birthday. The flight was my birthday gift.

 

And don’t forget if you want an authentic Moroccan experience, you’d do no better than stay in Tangier in the gorgeous Hotel El Minzah or the sumptuous Grand Hotel Villa de France, both flagships of the Le Royal Hotels & Resorts Division of Nadhmi Auchi’s General Mediterranean Holding group.

                                            Ned

 

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