The Winning Photos of the 2019 Nat Geo Travel Photo Contest

National Geographic has announced the winners of its 2019 Travel Photo Contest.

Photographer Weimin Chu won the $7,500 grand prize for his Cities photo “Greenlandic Winter,” which shows the fishing village of Upernavik in Greenland.

Grand Prize 1st Place, Cities. “Greenlandic Winter” by Weimin Chu.

“Upernavik is a fishing village on a tiny island in west Greenland,” Chu writes in the description. “Historically, Greenlandic buildings were painted different colors to indicate different functions, from red storefronts to blue fishermen’s homes—a useful distinction when the landscape is blanketed in snow. This photo was taken during my three-month, personal photo project to present life in Greenland.”

“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,” says Chu. “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 will receive $7,500 (USD) and a post on National Geographic Travel’s Instagram account, @natgeotravel.

For more on Chu’s winning photograph, see the full story here.

This year, the contest received thousands of entries from around the globe in three categories: Cities, Nature, and People. The photos were judged by a panel of expert photographers and National Geographic staff.


2nd Place, Cities. “In the Age of Aviation” by Jassen Todorov.
3rd Place, Cities. “Streets of Dhaka” by Sandipani Chattopadhyay.
Honorable Mention, Cities. “Follow the Light” by Junhui Fang.


1st Place, Nature. “Tender Eyes” by Tamara Blazquez Haik.
2nd Place, Nature. “Dream Catcher” by Danny Sepkowski.
3rd Place, Nature. “Dusky Dolphins” by Scott Portelli.
Honorable Mention, Nature. “King of the Alps” by Jonas Schafer.


1st Place, People. “Showtime” by Huaifeng Li.
2nd Place, People. “Daily Routine” by Yoshiki Fujiwara.
3rd Place, People. “Horses” by Jose Antonio Zamora.
Honorable Mention, People. “Mood” by Navin Vatsa.

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