The National Geographics Travel Photo Contest Is Over And Here Are The Winners (26 Pics)

Picturesque villages, majestic swine and candid human minutes – captured around the world by the photographers of this year’s National Geographic Travel Photo Contest. Each year talented artists allow us to travel the globe through the lenses of their cameras, which capture breathtaking instants we were able to otherwise miss. The contest honors these explorers and photographers by accepting world enters across three categories–Nature, Cities, and People.

The 2019 grand prize of $7,500 went to Weimin Chu for his whimsical ‘Winter in Greenland’ photograph. Depicted in the image is a small fishing village in Upernavik, whose brightly colored homes glint brightly amidst the fog and snow. Top wins from the other categories include Huaifeng Li’s Showtime image, which won 1st Place in the People category and captures performers preparing for an evening opera performance in Licheng County, China. Winning 1st Place in the Nature category, Tamara Blazquez Haik’s photograph of a griffon vulture–titled Tender Eyes– perfectly day to capture the bird surging through the skies in Monfrague National Park in Spain. Scroll down below to see all the wins and don’t forget to upvote your favs!

# 1

People’s Choice, Nature: ‘Couples Goals’ By Brian Larrosa

Instead of taking the bus tour to Rainbow Mountain, I camped the nighttime before, about an hour and a half away, to be the first up at sunrise. That morning was full of fog, and when I arrived, I could scarcely appreciate the seven-color mountain. I waited an hour for the cloud to clear, but it didn’t. On my space down, I passed this lovely alpaca couple wearing the Aymara culture colors–which constructed the wait worth it.

# 2

Grand Prize Winner: ‘Greenlandic Winter’ By Weimin Chu

Upernavik is a fishing village on a tiny island in west Greenland. Historically, Greenlandic structures were painted different colours to indicate different parts, from red storefronts to blue fishermen’s homes–a useful distinction when the landscape is blanketed in snowfall. This photo was taken during my three-month, personal photo project to present life in Greenland.

# 3

People’s Choice, Nature: ‘Practice Make-up Perfect’ By Taylor Albright

With everything, practice induces perfect. That couldn’t be more evident than when fishing for salmon atop Brooks Autumns in Alaska. This chocolate-brown birth was attempting to snag one mid-air, but his timing “ve been a little” early causing the salmon to land like a blow across his face.

# 4

People’s Choice, Nature: ‘Wildlife Under Lightning’ By Kelvin Yuen

This was my very first trip visit to Africa. A group of rhinoceros drank sea from a watering hole while lightning[ thundered] at night. I captured over 10,000 photos to get this kill and testify the relationship between nature and wildlife. Wildlife is a part of the environment and we should not treat them as a tool–we should protect them.

# 5

People’s Choice, People: ‘How To Train Your Dragon’ By Leo Kwok

Showered by molten, firework-like sparks, people in Meizhou, China performs fire dragon dance to celebrate the Lantern Festival. This gala has been performed since the Qing Dynasty and was listed as Intangible Cultural Heritage in China in 2008.[ The celebration] scores the first full moon night in the Chinese lunar year.

# 6

Second Place, Nature: ‘Dream Catcher’ By Danny Sepkowski

What happens before a wave breaks? That question has been my assigning this past year. On this particular day, I decided to shoot the sunset on the east side of Oahu, Hawaii. About 100 photographers were out in the morning, but I had the night to myself. The textures from the trade winds[ developed] subtle colours from the west and mixed well use my 100 mm lens. I had to look into my viewfinder while this ripple was violating. Not an easy assignment when a wave be prepared to mash you.

# 7

People’s Choice, Cities: ‘Follow The Light’ By Junhui Fang

This photo was taken at Seda Larung Gar Buddhist Academy. It’s around a 14 -hour drive to get to Larung Gar[ from the nearest city ], and the pilgrimage is quite tough due to the mountainous streets. This view[ depicts] small-minded blood-red dwellings on the left side, while empty green streets[ arc] on the other side. The monks obey the illuminations to[ return] residence. I was lucky to document[ the area] and was deeply moved by[ the monks] faith. I plan to[ return] to Seda next summer[ to induce] more photos.

# 8

First Place, Nature: ‘Tender Eyes’ By Tamara Blazquez Haik

A lovely griffon vulture is learnt surging the skies in Monfrague National Park in Spain. How can anyone say vultures delivering bad foreshadows when looking at such tenderness in this griffon vulture’s eyes? Vultures are important members of the environment, as they take care of recycling dead thing. Vultures are noble and majestic animals–kings of the skies. When looking at them flying, we should feel humbled and admire them.

# 9

People’s Choice, Nature: ‘Colorado River’ By Stas Bartnikas

The Colorado River is very shallow due to the active withdrawal of water from it for agricultural purposes. When[ the river] meets the ocean in Mexico, it is almost dry. This aerial photo was taken from a Cessna[ airplane ].


People’s Choice, Cities: ‘Cat In The City Sky’ By Jonas Chan

When are you traveling around the city, humans are not the only living species. When we look up at the sky, there are sometimes surprises.


People’s Choice, Nature: ‘Split Shot Taken Of Crabeater Seals’ By Rita Kluge

A crabeater seal is understood trying to get a spot on the same ice floe as his buddy.


People’s Choice, Cities: ‘Volcano Emerging From Cloud’ By Paul Rozek

Walking around the working day in Antigua, Guatemala, there was a persistent gloom stratum that fogged the mountainous terrain surround the city. Late in the night, while sauntering through Antigua just for a few moments, one of the volcanoes became clear and offered a stunning view with the Santa Catalina Arch. The volcano complex known as La Horqueta, surrounds the city of Antigua in Guatemala with several volcanic tops in the area including Fuego, Agua, Acatenango, and Pico Mayor.


Third Place, Nature: ‘Dusky Dolphins’ By Scott Portelli

Dusky dolphins often travel together in great numbers in the deep valleys of the Kaikoura, New Zealand in search of food. They fly through the ocean effortlessly, coming up only to breathe. Dusky dolphins are fast and will often keep pace with a accelerate barge. I waited on the bow of the boat as the Dusky dolphin almost broke[ through the surface ]. Their elegance and streamlined figures are built for speed and maneuverability–accentuated by the smooth, clear ocean of the New Zealand coastline.


Honorable Mention, Nature: ‘King Of The Alps’ By Jonas Schafer

A herd of ibexes in Switzerland’s Bernese Oberland cross a ridge above Lake Brienz. Their powerful and impressive cornets indicate who the king of the Alps are. Ibexes are ideally adapted to live at dizzying heights. The persisting ridge course and the rising fog show the natural habitat of these animals. After a few cases hours of observing the animals, I spotted the ibex herd on one side of the ridge. Several ibexes stopped at the transition[ to view the world around them ].


Honorable Mention, People: ‘Mood’ By Navin Vatsa

I captured this layered minute during sunrise along the banks of the Yamuna River in Delhi, India. This boy was thinking quietly, and guests were enjoying the loud musical chirping of millions of seagulls. The early morning golden light from the eastern mixed with the western blue-blooded lighting, generate a[ ethereal atmosphere ]. I am a regular guest[ here] and have photographed this home for the past three years. Now, many national and international photographers have begun visiting[ too ].

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It was not an easy task to capture the little lamas–as the older monks call them. They invest their free-time hanging out with one another, checking their social media, or playing football.


People’s Choice, Cities: ‘Sunrise Glow Decorates The City In Fog’ By Carlo Yuen

The morning’s sunrise glow decorated the city in fog. Hong Kong is a coastal region and it has always been covered by fog during the spring. Fortunately, scenery photographers satisfy this wonderful scenery. However, this panorama may be disappearing forever because of the global warming, Winter will disappear, and no more cold breath will gratify the warm breath during the springtime. So, this is a very precious capture.


First Place, People: ‘Showtime’ By Huaifeng Li

Actors prepare for an evening opera performance in Licheng County, China. I spent the whole day with these performers from makeup to[ stage ]. I’m a freelance photographer, and the serial “Cave Life” is a long-term project of mine. In China’s Loess Plateau, local residents dig pits in the loess stratum[ to create cave living space, known as yaodongs] and use the heat preservation properties to survive cold winters.


Third Place, Cities: ‘Streets Of Dhaka’ By Sandipani Chattopadhyay

People pray on wall street in Dhaka, Bangladesh during Ijtema. Bishwa Ijtema is one of the major Islamic religious collects which is[ find] yearly in Dhaka and millions of Muslims visit[ during this time ]. Dedicated prayer grounds are not[ big] enough to handle this huge number of people, so large numbers of people come to[ Tongi ], the primary street of Dhaka. All the floor transport and[ pedestrian spans] are suspended during that time.


Second Place, People: ‘Daily Routine’ By Yoshiki Fujiwara

This photo was taken at a public park at Choi Hung House in Hong Kong. When I inspected during the afternoon, it was very crowded with many young people taking portraits and playing basketball. But when I inspected at sunup, it was quiet and a different home.[ The area] is[ designated] for vicinity tenants in the early morning, and there was a sacred atmosphere. I felt divinity when I realize an old man doing tai chi in the sun.


Second Place, Cities: ‘In The Age Of Aviation’ By Jassen Todorov

There are four runways at San Francisco’s International Airport( SFO ). This is a rare look at the approach culminate of runways 28 left and right. I had nightmares of documenting the gesture at SFO and[ arranged] permission to fly immediately overhead. What a windy period it was. Gust at SFO were 35 -4 5 miles per hour, which signified a bumpy flight, and it was much harder to control the plane while photographing. The flight was challenging, but it was also so thrilling that I couldn’t sleep for several days.


Third Place, People: ‘Horses’ By Jose Antonio Zamora

Every year on the feast of Saint Anthony the ceremony of the purification of swine, called Las Luminarias, is celebrated in Spain. In the province of Avila, horses and horsemen jump over bonfires in the ritual that has been maintained since the 18 th century. The animals[ are not hurt ], and it is a ritual that is reiterated each year. To shape the photo, I moved from Seville to San Bartolome de Pinares because I am very interested in photographing ancestral rites.


People’s Choice, Cities: ‘Tokyo Life’ By Shan W

This room in the Tokyo Tower seems dynamic. In the busy metropoli, the natural lighting participating this room gave us time to relax. My wife was reading a magazine, while enjoying the backdrop and slow time.


People’s Choice, People: ‘On The Streets Of Bulgaria’ By Kristyn Taylor

Dressed in his long-haired goat costume, a man is ready to walk the street of Pernik, Bulgaria. The Bulgarian Surva Festival is an annual assemble of villagers masquerading as Kukeri. The ceremony is a pagan festival intended to ward-off evil spirits and welcome renewal in the New Year.


People’s Choice, People: ‘Cherry Blossoms In The Concrete’ By Lester Lau

Having strayed around Seoul during my spring journey, I encountered a cherry blossom tree blooming near the street corner. There existed a[ single] light beam for the tree to grow in the concrete jungle. It seems that the human invasion has stimulated[ the trees] strife and army them to find a way to live with us.

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A quiet night on the beach in Chaung Thar, one of Myanmar’s most popular beach towns.

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