Anthony Lau’s picture of a horseman in Inner Mongolia has earned National Geographic’s grand prize in its “2016 Travel Photographer of the Year” awards. The photo, titled “Winter Horseman” and selected from thousands of entries, was taken after an early morning hike. Lau and his travel companions were driving back to their hotel for breakfast when they came across a team of riders showing off their skills.
“The snow was getting heavier, the wind was getting stronger, the morning snow was getting thinner and the light was moving away from its optimal position. I only had a couple of shots to get the best out of this encounter.”
– Anthony Lau
The National Geographic Travel photography contest captures the awe-inspiring diversity of the world’s people, places, and cultures. It recognizes the most compelling travel photography taken in the past two years, with entries in three categories: Nature, People, and Cities.
First, second and third-place prizes were awarded in each category. Lau’s photo placed first in the People category, while Takashi Nakagawa of Tokyo took top honors in the Cities category for his photo “Ben Youssef,” and “Wherever you go, I will follow you!!” shot by Hiroki Inoue of Hokkaido, Japan, led the field in Nature.
First-place winners received a Sony A6300 camera, second-place winners received National Geographic’s The Art of Travel Photography course on DVD and third-place winners received a National Geographic book. Lau also wins a seven-day Polar Bear Photo Safari for two.
Click here to see the second place winner of the “People” category.
“We were blown away by the entries we received from around the world, and it’s clear our passion for visual storytelling is shared by our readers. We are thrilled to name Anthony Lau as our first-ever National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year”
– George Stone, editor in chief of National Geographic Travel
National Geographic also awarded an “Honorable Mention” to three photographers: