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National Geographic Names Photographer of the Year

Features & Advice | Janeen Christoff | July 07, 2016

National Geographic Names Photographer of the Year

PHOTO: Winter Horseman. (Photo courtesy of Anthony Lau) 

Photographer Anthony Lau has been named National Geographic’s Photographer of the Year. His photo, titled Winter Horseman, depicts the horseman of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region of China. The image was taken after an early morning hike, as Lau and his fellow travel companions were driving back to their hotel. They came across a team of riders showing off their skills. 

“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. “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.”

There were three categories of photos – Lau’s “Winter Horseman” was awarded the grand prize and was first in the people category. The other two categories were nature and cities. There were first-, second- and third-place prizes awarded in each category. Takashi Nakagawa of Tokyo took top honors in the Cities category for his photo “Ben Youssef,” and “Wherever you go, I will follow you!!” shot by Hiroki Inoue of Hokkaido, Japan, led the field in Nature.

“We are thrilled to name Anthony Lau as our first-ever National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year,” said George Stone, editor in chief of National Geographic Travel. “We were blown away by the entries we received from around the world, and it’s clear our passion for visual storytelling is shared by our readers.”

To view National Geographic staff picks and the full gallery of winners, visit the National Geographic Traveler Website


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