Sorry, guys, but these travel photos will put your Instagram game to shame.
“I knew I only had a couple of shots to get the best out of this encounter," Lau told National Geographic. "With a bit of luck, one of my final attempts managed to capture the moment when one of the riders charged out from the morning mist along with his horses.”
For his winning submission, Lau will receive the grand prize of a seven-day polar bear photo safari for two at Churchill Wild-Seal River Heritage Lodge in Manitoba, Canada. If frolicking with polar bears doesn't inspire you to step up your travel photo game for next year, we don't know what will.
National Geographic gave prizes in three categories: people, nature and cities. Lau's photo took first in the people category; explore the other jaw-dropping winners and honorable mentions below.