For over a century, the National Geographic Society has shared pictures that have changed the way people see the world. The winners of the National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year 2016 continue the tradition, transporting viewers to distant lands from the freezing plains of Inner Mongolia to the stark Atacama Desert and the concrete jungles of New York.
Thousands of entries are submitted in three categories: nature, people and cities, with winners and honourable mentions chosen in each. This year’s grand prize winner was Anthony Lau for his photograph titled “Winter Horseman”, of a rider charging out of the mist on a cold Mongolian morning. Lau braved bone-chilling temperatures of -20 °C and wintery winds to capture the shot. Lau’s grand prize includes a week-long polar bear safari for two at the Seal River Heritage Lodge, a Nat Geo Unique Lodge of the World in Churchill, Canada. (To learn more about the contest, click here.) This is a selection of winning shots from the contest.