National Geographic Announces 2019 Travel Photo Contest Winners

National Geographic has just announced the winners of its 2019 Travel Photo Contest. Chosen from thousands of entries, the grand prize this year went to photographer Weimin Chu for his image of a dimly lit colourful fishing village in Upernavik, Greenland.

Entitled ‘Winter in Greenland’, the photo won top prize in the “Cities” category and captures the Nordic town’s colourful houses on a snowy day. According to Chu, “It felt so harmonious. The whole land was covered by white, cold snow, and the blue tint at dusk made it even cooler. But the light from the windows, street lights and the family of three made the world warm again.”

He also added; “I love the contrast and mood of this scene. I was busy taking continuous pictures at that time, trying to capture the best moment.” Chu takes home a reward of $7,500, along with a post on National Geographic’s Travel Instagram account.


In addition to “Cities”, prizes were also awarded in the “Nature” and “People” categories. Huaifeng Li won first prize for ‘People’, a picture showing actors preparing for an opera show in China; while Tamara Blazquez Haik’s close-up photo of a griffon vulture in Monfragüe National Park in Spain took top honours in the “Nature” section.

Take a look at some of the other prize winners of National Geographic 2019 Travel Photo Contest below and see them all over at the National Geographic Website.


Image Credits (in order);
Photograph by Chu Weimin/2019 National Geographic Travel Photo Contest, ‘Greenlandic Winter’
Photograph by Huaifeng Li/2019 National Geographic Travel Photo Contest, ‘Showtime’
Photograph by Tamara Blazquez Haik/2019 National Geographic Travel Photo Contest, ‘Tender Eyes’
Photograph by Jassen Todorov/2019 National Geographic Travel Photo Contest, ‘In the Age of Aviation’
Photograph by Yoshiki Fujiwara/2019 National Geographic Travel Photo Contest, ‘Daily Routine’
Photograph by Sandipani Chattopadhyay/2019 National Geographic Travel Photo Contest, ‘Street of Dhaka’
Photograph by Navin Vatsa/2019 National Geographic Travel Photo Contest, ‘Mood’

Earlier this year, the winners for 2019 Sony World Photography Awards, Open competition were chosen from submissions from 195 countries and territories.