As we all know, very year, National Geographic holds a pretty famous photography contest that attracts tens of thousands of submissions. In 2017, sister magazine, National Geographic Travel, published a similar ranking:
Travel Photos of the Year
We show you the top 12 most inspiring entries in 2016 (published in 2017) for you, starting with number 12:
Two foxes race in northern Japan. “Wherever you go, I will follow you!” by Hiroki Inoue
A passerby in Morocco. “Ben Youssef,” by Takashi Nakagawa.
A scene from the Brazilian Pantanal, the world’s largest wetland. “Double trapping,” by Massimiliano Bencivenni.
Residents in Varanasi, India, sleep on their rooftops to beat the heat. “Rooftop Dreams, Varanasi,” by Yasmin Mund.
Lunchtime at a university dormitory in Guangzhou, China. “Silenced,” by Wing Ka.
“Lagunas Baltinache (Atacama Desert),” by Victor Lima.
A Kinnaura tribeswoman carrying wood back to her home in the highlands of northern India. “Remote life at -21 degree,” by Mattia Passarini.
Lightning at Komtar Tower in Malaysia. “Celestial Reverie,” by Jeremy Tan.
“Muscle Beach Gym,” by Dotan Saguy.
Central Park and the west side of Manhattan. “Divide,” by Kathleen Dolmatch.
A polar bear and her year-old cub perch on an iceberg near Baffin Island. “Bears on a Berg,” by John Rollins.
Number one: A Mongolian man herds horses during the harsh winter. This photo won the National Geographic Travel Photographer grand prize. “Winter Horseman,” by Anthony Lau.