These are 2016's best travel photos according to National Geographic
The annual National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year travel photo contest never cease to amaze the world with its countless breathtaking submissions from around the globe, sparking that wanderlust and, either a desire to improve our photography skills or despair at our lack of.
But before you start thinking it's a contest not for mere mortals, this year's winner of the National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year 2016 title is actually an amateur photographer - Anthony Lau. Titled 'Winter Horseman', the winning image by the Hong Kong photographer was taken on a recent trip to Mongolia.
The winter in Inner Mongolia is very unforgiving. At a freezing temperature of minus twenty and lower, with a constant breeze of snow from all direction, it was pretty hard to convince myself to get out of the car and take photos. When I saw Inner Mongolia horsemen showing off their skills and commanding the steed from a distance. I quickly grabbed my telephoto lens and captured the moment when one of the horseman charged out from morning mist.
Here are some of the other photographs that won in the three categories: Nature, People, and Cities. (There's a Malaysian who won third place in the Cities category with his photo of George Town in Penang.)
Check out the full gallery of this year's submissions and winning images on the National Geographic Travel website.