The 2016 National Geographic traveler photography contest has come to an end and of course the images doesn’t disappoint.
According to Global News the images were judged in three categories: nature, cities and people. After receiving more than 10,000 entries, the winners were announced and below you will see why they won.
Take a look:
- Grand Prize Winner, Anthony Lau from Hong Kong won with this beautiful photograph featuring a Winter Horseman in Inner Mongolia.
On National Geographic’s Website he shared the story:”The winter in Inner Mongolia is very unforgiving. At a freezing temperature of minus twenty and lower, with a constant breeze of snow from all direction, it was pretty hard to convince myself to get out of the car and take photos. When I saw Inner Mongolia 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 horseman charged out from morning mist.”
2. First place winner, in the cities category, goes to Takashi Nakagawa. The photograph features a quiet moment in Ben Youssef in Marrakesh, Morocco.
3. Second Place Winner in the People category goes to Yasmin Mund with her photograph called “Rooftop Dreams” taken at a guesthouse in Varanasi.
4. In Third Place; Nature we have Victor Lima with a shot of The Baltinache Ponds, also called Hidden Ponds, found in the second region of northern Chile, in the Atacama desert.
5. In the nature category, first place went to Hiroki Inoue from Japan. He said: “Romance is in the air. It was the time of day immediately following sunset. I heard a voice [saying]: ‘Wherever you go, I will follow you'”.
6. Second Place winner in the cities category, Wing Ka H’s photograph features the school dormitories of South China Normal University.
7. Mattia Passarini won third place in the people category. The shot was taken in -21 degrees in a remote village in Himachal Pradesh, India.
8. This photograph “Double Trapping” was taken by Massimiliano Bencivenni in the Brazilian Pantanal and came in at second place in the nature category.
9. Receiving an honorable mention in the nature category, photographer, John Rollins said: “This photo was taken far out on the sea ice in the Davis Straight off the coast of Baffin Island. This mother polar bear and her yearling are perched atop a huge snow covered iceberg that got ‘socked in’ when the ocean froze over for the winter. To me, the relative ‘smallness’ of these large creatures when compared to the immensity of the iceberg in the photo represents the precariousness of the polar bear’s reliance on the sea and sea ice for its existence.”