Judged by a panel of expert photographers and National Geographic staff, the annual contest received thousands of entries in three different categories: Nature, Cities and People.
“Showtime” by Huaifeng Li won the 1st prize in the People category of the 2019 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest.
Photograph by Huaifeng Li/2019 National Geographic Travel Photo Contest
The freelance photographer says he spent all day with the performers in order to capture the shot.
“How can anyone say vultures bring bad omens when looking at such tenderness in this griffon vulture’s eyes?” she says of her image.
There were nine winners in total, three in each category, as well as two honorable mentions.
Tamara Blazquez Haik’s image “Tender Eyes” was the first prize winner in the Cities category of the the 2019 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest.
Photograph by Tamara Blazquez Haik/2019 National Geographic Travel Photo Contest
Chu’s “Greenlandic Winter” was taken during a three-month visit to Greenland, the world’s largest island, earlier this year.
“I love the contrast and mood of this scene,” Chu says of the stand out image.
“Historically, Greenlandic buildings were painted different colors to indicate different functions, from red storefronts to blue fishermen’s homes — a useful distinction when the landscape is blanketed in snow.
“I was busy taking continuous pictures at that time, trying to capture the best moment.”
The freelance photographer received a $7,500 prize as well as a post on National Geographic Travel’s Instagram account, @natgeotravel, while Blazquez Haik and Li will receive $2,500 respectively.