National Geographic Travel of the Year Contest 2016
GRAND PRIZE WINNER
Photo and caption by Anthony Lau
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.
THIRD PLACE WINNER, PEOPLE
Remote life at -21 degree
Photo and caption by mattia passarini
An old woman in a remote village in Himachal Pradesh, India, carries a big log back home to warm up her house.
LOCATION: Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India
FIRST PLACE WINNER, NATURE
Wherever you go, I will follow you!!
Photo and caption by Hiroki Inoue
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.
LOCATION: Biei, Hokkaido, Japan
SECOND PLACE WINNER, NATURE
Photo and caption by Massimiliano Bencivenni
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
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. Therefore, I sought one of the places recently discovered in the Atacama Desert and one that shows all the contrast of this desert to make night shots: the Baltinache Ponds.
LOCATION: San Pedro de Atacama, Antofagasta, Chile
HONORABLE MENTION, NATURE
Bears on a Berg
Photo and caption by John Rollins
The location is on the sea ice in Davis Straight, off the coast of Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic, on April 2, 2016. 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.
LOCATION: Qikiqtarjuaq, Nunavut, Canada
FIRST PLACE WINNER, CITIES
Photo and caption by Takashi Nakagawa
Marrakesh 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 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. It was a cloudy day so I could only see it when the wind stopped blowing and sunlight hit this Islamic architecture.
LOCATION: Marrakesh, Marrakech-Tensift-Al Haouz, Morocco
SECOND PLACE WINNER, CITIES
Photo and caption by Wing Ka H.
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.
LOCATION: Guangzhou, Guangdong Sheng, China
THIRD PLACE WINNER, CITIES
Photo and caption by Jeremy Tan
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.
LOCATION: George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
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