National Geographic Announces Winners of 2019 Travel Photo Contest

Chosen from thousands of entries, National Geographic has unveiled the grand prize winner of the 2019 Travel Photo Contest. Weimin Chu’s winning photo, “Winter in Greenland” depicts the fishing village of Upernavik in northwestern Greenland. Historically, Greenlandic buildings were painted multiple colors to indicate different functions, from red storefronts to blue fishermen’s homes—a useful distinction when the landscape is blanketed in snow. Today, colorful homes still dot the snowy landscape.

“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 ,500 (USD) and a post on National Geographic Travel’s Instagram account, @natgeotravel.

This year, the contest received thousands of entries from around the globe in three categories: Nature, Cities and People. The photos were judged by a panel of expert photographers and National Geographic staff. Submitted photos also joined National Geographic’s photography community, Your Shot.

Huaifeng Li won first place in the People category with a photograph of actors preparing for an evening opera performancein Licheng County, China. Tamara Blazquez Haik received first place in the Nature category with a photograph of a griffon vulture soaring the skies in Monfragüe National Park in Spain.

All of the winning photos, along with the honorable mentions, can be viewed at

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

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