Every year, National Geographic holds a very famous photography contest that attracts thousands of entries from all around the world. This year, however, it’s sister magazine has taken over the responsibility and launched a competition titled “The 2016 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest”. Photographers submitted some stunning images from all around the world with the winner awarded with a weeklong adventure. Here are the top picks along with the winning photograph and most of them took our breath away. Take a look:
Fox Race in Northern Japan.
“Wherever you go, I will follow you!!” by Hiroki Inoue.
A random passerby in Morocco.
“Ben Youssef,” by Takashi Nakagawa.
A fresh hunt in progress Brazilian Pantanal, the world’s largest wetland.
“Double trapping,” by Massimiliano Bencivenni.
Beating the summer heat in Varnasi, India.
“Rooftop Dreams, Varanasi,” by Yasmin Mund.
Lunchtime at a university dormitory in Guangzhou, China.
“Silenced,” by Wing Ka H.
Moonlight on two of the seven Hidden Ponds in Atacama Desert, Northern Chile.
“Lagunas Baltinache (Atacama Desert),” by Victor Lima.
A Kinnaura tribeswoman on her daily commute in Northern India.
“Remote life at -21 degree,” by Mattia Passarini.
Lightning at Komtar Tower, Malaysia.
“Celestial Reverie,” by Jeremy Tan.
A weightlifter at Venice Beach, California.
“Muscle Beach Gym,” by Dotan Saguy.
The Central Park and Manhattan, New York City.
“Divide,” by Kathleen Dolmatch.
A polar bear and her year-old cub resting on an iceberg near Baffin Island.
“Bears on a Berg,” by John Rollins.
A Mongolian horse herder in the winter, Mongolia.
“Winter Horseman,” by Anthony Lau, who won “a seven-day Polar Bear Photo Safari for two at Churchill Wild–Seal River Heritage Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World.” This photograph also won this The 2016 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest and deservingly so. Words fall short on how to describe this photo. Simply amazing!