Having sifted through literally thousands of entries, the judges have final chosen the winner of the 2016 National Geographic Travel Photographer Of The Year Competition, and the winning snap is a belter!

Grant Prize: Winter Horseman by Anthony Lau

Winter Horseman – Anthony Lau

Winter Horseman – Anthony Lau

Photo :Anthony Lau / National Geographic Travel Photographer Of The Year Competition

The grand prize was won by Hong Kong based photographer Anthony Lau for his picture titled Winter Horsemen. The picture, depicting Inner Mongolian horsemen showing off their skills while ranching wild horses, was taken during the freezing winter in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region of China.

As a prize for the best photo, Lau wins even-day Polar Bear Photo Safari for two at Churchill Wild–Seal River Heritage Lodge and, of course, the prestige of adding National Geographic Photographer Of The Year 2016 to his CV.

Nature First Place : Wherever You Go, I will Follow You!!! by Hiroki Inoue

Wherever you go, I will follow you!! – Hiroki Inoue

Wherever you go, I will follow you!! – Hiroki Inoue

Photo: Hiroki Inoue / National Geographic Travel Photographer Of The Year Competition

Cities First Place: Ben Yousef by Takashi Nakagawa

Ben Youssef – Takashi Nakagawa

Ben Youssef – Takashi Nakagawa

Photo:Takashi Nakagawa / National Geographic Travel Photographer Of The Year Competition

Nature Second Place: Double Trapping by Massimiliano Bencivenni

Double trapping – Massimiliano Bencivenni

Double trapping – Massimiliano Bencivenni

Photo: Massimiliano Bencivenni / National Geographic Travel Photographer Of The Year Competition

People Second Place: Rooftop Dreams, Varanasi by Yasmin Mund

Rooftop Dreams, Varanasi – Yasmin Mund

Rooftop Dreams, Varanasi – Yasmin Mund

Photo: Photo: Yasmin Mund / National Geographic Travel Photographer Of The Year Competition

Cities Second Place: Silenced  by Wing Ka H

Silenced – Wing Ka H

Silenced – Wing Ka H

Photo: Photo:Wing Ka H / National Geographic Travel Photographer Of The Year Competition

Nature Third Place: Lagunas Baltinache (Atacama Desert) by Victor Lima

Lagunas Baltinache (Atacama Desert) – Victor Lima

Lagunas Baltinache (Atacama Desert) – Victor Lima

Photo: Photo: Victor Lima / National Geographic Travel Photographer Of The Year Competition

People Third Place: Remote Life At -21 Degree by Mattia Passarini

Remote life at -21 degree – Mattia Passarini

Remote life at -21 degree – Mattia Passarini

Photo: Photo:Mattia Passarini / National Geographic Travel Photographer Of The Year Competition

Cities Third Place: Celestial Reverie by Jeremy Tan

Celestial Reverie – Jeremy Tan

Celestial Reverie – Jeremy Tan

Photo: Photo: Jeremy Tan / National Geographic Travel Photographer Of The Year Competition

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