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Take A Visual Trip Around The World With National Geographic's Traveler Photo Contest

Soak in the beauty and grandeur of the 2016 winners.

  • 01 /12 | GRAND PRIZE WINNER: Winter Horseman
  • 02 /12 | HONORABLE MENTION, CITIES: Divide
  • 03 /12 | SECOND PLACE WINNER, PEOPLE: Rooftop Dreams, Varanasi
  • 04 /12 | HONORABLE MENTION, PEOPLE: Muscle Beach Gym
  • 05 /12 | SECOND PLACE WINNER, NATURE: Double trapping
  • 06 /12 | THIRD PLACE WINNER, CITIES: Celestial Reverie
  • 07 /12 | FIRST PLACE WINNER, CITIES: Ben Youssef
  • 08 /12 | FIRST PLACE WINNER, NATURE: Wherever you go, I will follow you!!
  • 09 /12 | HONORABLE MENTION, NATURE: Bears on a Berg
  • 10 /12 | THIRD PLACE WINNER, PEOPLE: Remote life at -21 degree
  • 11 /12 | THIRD PLACE WINNER, NATURE: Lagunas Baltinache (Atacama Desert)
  • 12 /12 | SECOND PLACE WINNER, CITIES: Silenced

It's the middle of summer: Peak Vacation Season. Nobody necessarily needs further enticing to stay in exotic Airbnbs on the other side of the world—if they haven't purchased tickets yet, it's for a reason. This line of logic doesn't stop National Geographic, however, from publishing the winning photos in its travel photography contest around this time every year, alternately inciting envy and anticipation.

FIRST PLACE WINNER, NATURE:Photo: Hiroki Inoue

National Geographic chose the winners of its 2016 travel photography from more than 10,000 submissions. The categories include Nature, People, and Cities, and span all sorts of architecture, wildlife, and geological perfection. Hong Kong-based photographer Anthony Lau took the grand prize for his amazing photograph of a horseman in Inner Mongolia. Take a break from perusing Instagram to see more of these images in the slides above.

SECOND PLACE WINNER, PEOPLE:Photo: Yasmin Mund

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Slideshow Credits: 01 / Photo: Anthony Lau; 02 / Photo: Kathleen Dolmatch; 03 / Photo: Yasmin Mund; 04 / Photo: Dotan Saguy; 05 / Photo: Massimiliano Bencivenni; 06 / Photo: Jeremy Tan; 07 / Photo: Takashi Nakagawa; 08 / Photo: Hiroki Inoue; 09 / Photo: John Rollins; 10 / Photo: mattia passarini; 11 / Photo: Victor Lima; 12 / Photo: Wing Ka H.;

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