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Ice fishing in Hokkaido
Photograph: Claire Waring / National Geographic Traveller Photography Awards

These award-winning photos have made us really want to explore the world again

From mind-bending aerial shots to immaculately timed wildlife snaps, here are all the winners of the National Geographic Traveller Photography Awards

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Ed Cunningham
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Just by looking at the photograph, you can almost feel the cold within it. This ice fisherman might be snuggled up in a huge coat and boots, but you can tell he’s feeling a nip in the air. And that’s just one aspect of the image’s brilliance.

The pure white background and blustery snow emphasise the vivid reds, yellows and browns of the fisherman and his kit. His fishing contraption on the ice and the gear on his sled, meanwhile, are fascinating details.

The picture was among the winners at this year’s National Geographic Traveller Photography Awards. The photo, by Clare Waring, captured an ice fisherman in Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost prefecture, and won the ‘people’ category. 

NatGeo Traveller’s annual competition is one of the most coveted awards in travel photography. It spans six categories (wildlife, urban, food and travel, people, landscape and portfolio), with photographers competing to win fancy cameras and lenses – plus some pretty big kudos in the photography world. This year was the tenth edition, and the entries were as eye-popping as ever. Here are the rest of the winners:

Wildlife: ‘A lone rabbit in Richmond Park, London’ by Mitchell Lewis

A lone rabbit in Richmond Park, London
Photograph: Mitchell Lewis / National Geographic Traveller Photography Competition

Urban: ‘The Veles e Vents building in Valencia, Spain’ by Clara Dip Wan Cheung

The Veles e Vents building in Valencia
Photograph: Clara Dip Wan Cheung/ National Geographic Traveller Photography Competition

Food and Travel: ‘Stallholders ready the catch for market in Veracruz, Mexico’ by Nic Crilly-Hargrave

Stallholders ready the catch for market in Veracruz, Mexico
Photograph: Nic Crilly-Hargrave / National Geographic Traveller Photography Competition

Landscape: ‘Marble Hill Beach, Donegal, Ireland’ by Ozgun Ozdemir

Marble Hill Beach, Donegal, Ireland
Photograph: Ozgun Ozdemir / National Geographic Traveller Photography Competition

Portfolio (and Grand Prize Winner): Andro Loria

Andro Loria portfolio
Photograph: Andro Loria / National Geographic Traveller Photography Awards
Andro Loria portfolio
Photograph: Andro Loria / National Geographic Traveller Photography Awards
Andro Loria portfolio
Photograph: Andro Loria / National Geographic Traveller Photography Awards
Andro Loria portfolio
Photograph: Andro Loria / National Geographic Traveller Photography Awards

More incredible photography: 

These epic aerial shots have won the Drone Photo Awards

This picture of bedraggled cheetahs is among the best shots at Wildlife Photographer of the Year

These incredible deep-sea shots have won the Ocean Photography Prize

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