The results are in and as usual, we picked absolutely zero winners.
We thought we were onto something. Give us an official lanyard and an important looking clipboard because we nailed our selection of winners for this year’s Nat Geo Travel Photo Comp. Turns out we were completely inadequate and incorrect like everything else we do, but we’re gracious losers so here’s the actual winners and they’re pretty good too.
Winter Horsemen by Anthony Lau (Grand Prize Winner)
“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.”
Remote Life at -21 Degrees by Mattia Passarini (Third Place Winner, People)
An old woman in a remote village in Himachal Pradesh, India, carries a big log back home to warm up her house.
Wherever You Go, I Will Follow You by Hiroki Inoue (First Place Winner, Nature)
“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.”
Lagunas Baltinache (Atacama Desert) by Victor Lima (Third Place, Nature)
“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.”
Bears on a Berg by John Rollins (Honourable Mention, Nature)
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.
Ben Youssef by Takashi Nakagawa (First Place Winner, Cities)
“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.”
Silenced by Wing Ka H. (Second Place, Cities)
“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.”
Celestial Reverie by Jeremy Tan (Third Place, Cities)
“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.”
So there you have it folks, the absolute scorchers of 2016. Stay tuned for an even bigger and better photo comp, our annual MC Photo Comp, where we play lord and are always right.