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See the winning images from the 2016 National Geographic travel photo contest

"Wherever you go, I will follow you!!" taken by Hiroki Inoue in Biei, Hokkaido, Japan. .
"Wherever you go, I will follow you!!" taken by Hiroki Inoue in Biei, Hokkaido, Japan. . Hiroki Inoue/National Geographic

Winners of this year’s National Geographic traveller photo contest were announced last weekend and the images are stunning.

Anthony Lau of Hong Kong took home the top prize as 2016 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year for his image of a horseman in Inner Mongolia.

“Winter Horseman.”
“Winter Horseman.”. Anthony Lau/National Geographic

The image, dubbed “Winter Horseman,” was taken while Lau and his travel companions were returning from a morning hike in the remote region of China.

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“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,” Lau said in a statement. “I knew I only had a couple of shots to get the best out of this encounter. With a bit of luck, one of my final attempts managed to capture the moment when one of the riders charged out from the morning mist along with his horses.”

The images were judged in three categories: nature, cities and people. Winners were announced on July 1.

Here’s a look at  some of the winning photographs.

“Rooftop Dreams, Varanasi” taken by Yasmin Mund in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India.
“Rooftop Dreams, Varanasi” taken by Yasmin Mund in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India. Yasmin Mund/National Geographic
“Remote life at -21 degree” taken by Mattia Passarini in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India.
“Remote life at -21 degree” taken by Mattia Passarini in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India. Mattia Passarini/National Geographic
“Double trapping” taken by Massimiliano Bencivenni in the Brazilian Pantanal.
“Double trapping” taken by Massimiliano Bencivenni in the Brazilian Pantanal. Massimiliano Bencivenni/National Geographic
“Atacama Desert” taken by Victor Lima in San Pedro de Atacama, Antofagasta, Chile.
“Atacama Desert” taken by Victor Lima in San Pedro de Atacama, Antofagasta, Chile. Victor Lima/National Geographic
“Bears on a Berg” taken by John Rollins in Qikiqtarjuaq, Nunavut.
“Bears on a Berg” taken by John Rollins in Qikiqtarjuaq, Nunavut. John Rollins/National Geographic
“Ben Youssef” taken by Takashi Nakagawa in Morocco.
“Ben Youssef” taken by Takashi Nakagawa in Morocco. Takashi Nakagawa/National Geographic
“Silenced” taken Wing H. Ka in Guangzhou, Guangdong Sheng, China.
“Silenced” taken Wing H. Ka in Guangzhou, Guangdong Sheng, China. Wing H. Ka/National Geographic
“Celestial Reverie” taken by Jeremy Tan in George Town, Malaysia.
“Celestial Reverie” taken by Jeremy Tan in George Town, Malaysia. Jeremy Tan/National Geographic

 

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