"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."
"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."
Photograph and caption by Anthony Lau, 2016 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

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Snow and mist ensconce a horseman and his herd on a frigid Mongolian plain seen in the winning image of the 2016 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest. Top industry judges reviewed thousands of images—filled with beautiful landscapes, interesting people, and breathtaking moments—before selecting the final winning photos. Browse this gallery of winners to experience unique moments captured by photographers and visit our contest homepage to explore even more photography.

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