Travel photography is one of the most wonderful yet difficult jobs in the world. Getting the correct angle, the right frame and capturing the beauty you see for real on your lens isn’t an easy feat. Yet, these photographers captured some amazing shots on their camera and were featured in 2016 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest. The contest that has three categories namely nature, people and city, awarded the winner with a grand prize of a 7-day polar bear safari at the Churchill Wild-Seal River Heritage Lodge. Here are 12 winning photographs of the travel contest. Also Read - Real Kashmir Announce Partnership With Oxford United Football Club, Sign Arsenal Youth Defender Kashif Siddiqui

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Winter Horseman (Grand Prize)

Photo and caption by Anthony Lau /National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Photo and caption by Anthony Lau /National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest



Anthony Lau says of this photograph: “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.” Also Read - After Lockdown is Over, Automated Sector to Resume Operations First | 5-Point Strategy

Wherever you go, I will follow you!! (Nature First Place)

Photo and caption by Hiroki Inoue /National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Photo and caption by Hiroki Inoue /National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest



Hiroki Inoue says about this photo: “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.” Also Read - Is There Really a Link Between Obesity And Depression?

Ben Youssef (Cities First Place)

Photo and caption by Takashi Nakagawa / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Photo and caption by Takashi Nakagawa / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Takashi Nakagawa says of this photograph: “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.”

Double trapping (Nature Second Place)

Photo and caption by Massimiliano Bencivenni / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Photo and caption by Massimiliano Bencivenni / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Massimiliano Bencivenni says: “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”

Rooftop Dreams, Varanasi (People Second Place)

05 People Second Place

Photo and caption by Yasmin Mund / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Says Yasmin Mund: “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.”

Silenced (Cities Second Place)

Photo and caption by Wing Ka H. / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Photo and caption by Wing Ka H. / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Wikg Ka H says: “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.”

Lagunas Baltinache (Atacama Desert) (Nature Third Place)

07 Nature Third Place

Photo and caption by Victor Lima / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Victor Lima says about this photo: “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.”

Remote life at -21 degree (People Third Place)

Photo and caption by Mattia Passarini / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Photo and caption by Mattia Passarini / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Mattia Passarini says: “Kinnaura tribal old women in remote village in Himachal Pradesh carrying big log back home to warm up her house”

Celestial Reverie (Cities Third Place)

Photo and caption by Jeremy Tan / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Photo and caption by Jeremy Tan / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Jeremy Tan says: “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.”

Muscle Beach Gym (People Honorable Mention)

Photo and caption by Dotan Saguy / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Photo and caption by Dotan Saguy / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Dotan Saguy says about this photo: “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.”

Divide (Cities Honorable Mention)

Photo and caption by Kathleen Dolmatch / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Photo and caption by Kathleen Dolmatch / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Kathleen Dolmatch says: “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.”

Bears on a Berg (Nature Honorable Mention)

Photo and caption by John Rollins / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Photo and caption by John Rollins / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

John Rollins says: “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.”

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