Winter Horseman, Mongolia.

grandprize‘Winter Horseman’ by Anthony Lau/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year
A magnificent photo of a charging Inner Mongolia horseman has won a Chinese amateur photographer the prestigious title of National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year 2016.
Anthony Lau from Hong Kong was announced as the winner after his awesome “Winter Horseman” was chosen from thousands of submissions.
Lau shot the magical photo after stumbling upon a team of horsemen while enjoying an early morning drive through freezing snowy conditions.
“The snow was getting heavier, the wind was getting stronger, the morning snow was getting thinner and the light was moving away from its optimal position,” he said.
“I knew I only had a couple of shots to get the best out of this encounter.
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.”
Source: Charging Inner Mongolia horseman sweeps top prize in National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year 2016 | Photography | Culture | The Independent

Night Market in Yangon, Myanmar.

Night Market
A view from above of a small night market tucked away in a hidden street of Yangon in Myanmar.
The people are busy buying and selling all types of produce at a number of very colourful stalls.
Image Credit: Photograph by Zay Yar Lin, All Rights Reserved, Yangon, Myanmar, Member since 2014.
Source: Night Market | Smithsonian Photo Contest | Smithsonian

Siberian Farm Cats take Over .

Russian farmer Lebedeva has turned her farm into a self-proclaimed ‘Catland,’ and has gone viral with the incredible photographs and videos she takes of her many glorious Siberian cats.

Stationed in Prigorodny, just outside Barnaul, Siberia, Lebedeva and her husband Sergey have been raising cats for over a decade. “How many do we have now? To such a question I usually answer ‘a million, maybe more,'” Lebedeva tells DesignYouTrust. “They live in the henhouse… They have three ‘little bedrooms’ there where can they sleep according to how they feel. Our cats protect the chickens and rabbits from rats and mice.

Alla’s photo and video diary of her feline family’s daily adventures now have a following of over 2 thousand on YouTube, yet they continued to be circulated around the Internet without permission and passed off as ‘Norwegians.’
Though the Siberian cat is closely related to the famous Norwegian Forest Cat, please remember that they are separate species – and always remember to credit anything you share if possible. It’s good for your health.
See more Images via Siberian Farm Cats Have Absolutely Taken Over This Farmer’s Land, And They’re Absolutely Majestic | Bored Panda

Clear Skies over the Himalayas.

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Equipped with the most-advanced gyro stabilized camera in the world, the team at Teton Gravity Research flew from Kathmandu to Mount Everest, capturing the first ultra HD footage ever shot above 20,000 feet.
I’ve never seen these mountains look so beautiful.
Geography
The Himalayas are bordered on the north by the Tibetan Plateau, on the south by the Indo-Gangetic Plain, on the northwest by the Karakoram and Hindu Kush ranges, and on the east by the Indian state of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh.
The western anchor of the Himalayas — Nanga Parbat — lies just south of the northernmost bend of the Indus River, while the eastern anchor — Namcha Barwa — is situated just west of the great bend of the Yarlung Tsangpo River.
The Himalayas span five countries: India, Nepal, Bhutan, China (Tibet), and Pakistan, with the first three countries having sovereignty over most of the range. (via Wikipedia).
via The Clearest Aerial Shots Of The Himalayas, Ever.

Underwater Dogs, photos from below.

Lithuanian photographer Andrius Burba sees animals in a different way – from underneath.
He has photographed a range of animals standing above him on glass, including rabbits, cats and horses.
His latest series focuses on dogs, coinciding with a book featuring the project.

Story by Sarah Gilbert.
Image Credit: Photographs by Andrius Burba.
See more dogs via Under-Dog: hounds photographed from underneath – in pictures | Life and style | The Guardian