Winners of the 2019 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year awards were announced to be a snowy fishing village in Greenland, a vulture soaring through the sky in Spain, and a trio of actors gearing up for an opera performance in China.
A panel of expert photographers and National Geographic staff assessed the photographs taken by nominees in three main categories: nature, cities and people.
Nine winners were announced in total (three in each category), as well as two honorable mentions.
Weimin Chu was awarded the Grand Prize as he also took the first place in the Cities category for his photograph entitled "Greenlandic Winter," which features Upernavik’s fishing village, in northwestern Greenland, covered in snow.
"I love the contrast and mood of this scene. 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. I was busy taking continuous pictures at that time, trying to capture the best moment,” Chu indicated.
Huaifeng Li’s "Showtime” won the People category. The image shows a group of actors getting ready for an opera performance in Licheng County in China's Shanxi Province.
Tamara Blazquez Haik gained the first place in the Nature category for her "Tender Eyes" image portraying a griffon vulture circling the skies in Monfragüe National Park in Spain.
Chu received a $7,500 prize as well as a post on National Geographic Travel's Instagram account, @natgeotravel, while Blazquez Haik and Li will each receive $2,500.