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Winter Horseman

Photo and caption by Anthony Lau

(Grand Prize Winner)

The winter in Inner Mongolia is very unforgiving. At a freezing temperature of minus 20 and lower, with a constant breeze of snow from all directions, it was pretty hard to convince myself to get out of the car and take photos. I saw 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 horsemen charged out from the morning mist.

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People

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Ben Youssef

Photo and caption by Takashi Nakagawa

(First Place Winner, Cities)

Marrakesh, Morocco, is an exciting city for any traveler, but I was tired of walking on the crowded street and being asked for money from local people, so I was looking for a place to settle down. Even though there were a lot of people in Ben Youssef Madrasa, it was still a more quiet and relaxing place than outside. Suddenly a beautiful reflection appeared on the shallow pool when I was taking a rest.

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Cities

Location:

Marrakesh, Marrakech-Tensift-Al Haouz, Morocco

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Wherever you go, I will follow you!!

Photo and caption by Hiroki Inoue

(First Place Winner, Nature)

It was when I drove back home feeling disappointed with the fact that I had finished the day in vain without any anticipated subject that I heard the joyful voice from the car window like “quack, quack!” There they were: red foxes. Around the end of the winter, they meet the season of love; they care for and love each other enough to make us jealous.

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Nature

Location:

Biei, Hokkaido, Japan

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Bears on a Berg

Photo and caption by John Rollins

(Honorable Mention, Nature)

The location is on the sea ice in Davis Straight, off the coast of Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic, on April 2, 2016. This mother polar bear and her yearling are perched atop a huge snow-covered iceberg that got socked in when the ocean froze over for the winter. To me, the relative smallness of these large creatures when compared to the immensity of the iceberg in the photo represents the precariousness of the polar bear’s reliance on the sea and sea ice for its existence.

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Nature

Location:

Qikiqtarjuaq, Nunavut, Canada

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Remote life at -21 degree

Photo and caption by mattia passarini

(Third Place Winner, People)

An old woman in a remote village in Himachal Pradesh, India, carries a big log back home to warm up her house.

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People

Location:

Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India

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Lagunas Baltinache (Atacama Desert)

Photo and caption by Victor Lima

(Third Place Winner, Nature)

I made this photo during my recent photographic expedition in Atacama Desert, in April 2016. I embarked alone on this adventure to find images not yet published of the most arid desert in the world and its contrasts. Despite the Atacama Desert being one of the best places on the planet to do night photography, in my prior research I discovered that there were not many night photos in the main tourist destinations there.

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Nature

Location:

San Pedro de Atacama, Antofagasta, Chile

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Rooftop Dreams, Varanasi

Photo and caption by Yasmin Mund

(Second Place Winner, People)

It was 5:30 a.m. and I had just arrived in Varanasi, India, off a sleeper train. I got to my guesthouse and instinctively climbed the seven flights of stairs to see the sunrise over the famous Ganges River. As I looked over the side of the rooftop terrace, my jaw dropped in disbelief. Below were mothers, fathers, children, cats, dogs, and monkeys all sleeping on their roofs. It was midsummer in Varanasi and sleeping without air-conditioning was pretty difficult. Can you spot the curry?

Category:

People

Location:

Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Divide

Photo and caption by Kathleen Dolmatch

(Honorable Mention, Cities)

From a doorless helicopter looking south on Central Park West, dividing the architecture and Central Park, on November 5, 2014, a day before my 27th birthday. The flight was my birthday gift.

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Cities

Location:

Manhattan, New York, United States

mystical forrest

Photo and caption by Tracey Jennings

You don’t need to travel far from cities to visit Narnia. This 7 gill shark was photographed in a kelp forest just off the shore of Simonstown near Cape Town.

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Nature

Location:

Simon’s Town, Western Cape, South Africa

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Camel Train, Nubra Valley, Himalayas

Photo and caption by Nick Melidonis

Descending the Khardungla Pass (18,40 feet) in the Himalayas into the Nubra Valley, I spotted this camel train winding its way towards the 1000 year old Diskit Monastery. I only had a few moments to shoot the image before the golden shaft of light behind them disappeared.

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Nature

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Gold

Photo and caption by Davide Lopresti

Photo taken using a long time tecnique combined with a use of a underwater snoot

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winter spectacle

Photo and caption by Sho Shibata

Mt.Hakkoda is snowy mountains to watch the rime in Aomori Japan. All around is covered with white world.

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Nature

Location:

Aomori-shi, Aomori, Japan

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Rain in the Desert

Photo and caption by Stefan Forster

Over the last 7 years I had one aim – photograph rain in the driest desert of Africa. In 2015 finally I found the rain. In the breathtaking scenery of the Namibrand-Park right at the border of the Namib Naukluft Nationalpark. An enormous thunderstorm came in and the setting sun created a wonderful rainbow. The challenge was, to not have my shadow in the picture. Please look on an Adobe RGB Screen

Category:

Nature

Location:

Solitaire, Khomas, Namibiapray

Pray

Photo and caption by David Nam Lip LEE

I spotted a young muslim is praying during my visit to Paigah Tomb of Hyderabad. I chose part of a damage historical fence as aid in my photograph.

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People

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Pied Piper of Ladhak

Photo and caption by Saify Naqvi

I made this image in the high altitude changthang region of Ladakh. This image is a part of a series I have been shooting on the shepherds of Ladhak. The series called Pied Piper of Ladhak document the lifestyle of shepherds who live in difficult conditions to rear Sheep that produce the finest wool in the world called Pashmina

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People

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Jonas Blizzard and the Flatiron Building

Photo and caption by Michele Palazzo

While walking through the Jonas Winter Storm that swept across the East Coast last week, I captured this shot of the Flatiron Building against a backdrop of swirling snow. With the exception of a few minor details like logos and a food cart, the image looks like an impressionist right out of another another century. The cloudy atmosphere and gusty winds creates patterns that appear uncannily like brush strokes. Took this photo with a little amazing camera: Ricoh GR

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Cities

Location:

New York City, New York, United States

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Havanna, Cuba 2016

Photo and caption by Toni Wallachy

All the makings of a perfect Artists pallet. – decrepted architecture, essence of what a war torn city may look like – a cloudy haze of pollution: where dust, smoke and other dry particles obscure the clarity of the skyline – muted sun aged patina walls – a time warp of artifacts that make up the daily fabric of life

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Cities

Location:

Havana, Ciudad de La Habana, Cuba