This Year’s National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest Winner is Nothing Less Than Stunning

A whopping 18,000 photographers submitted their photos to the 2015 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest, and the judges had to narrow the competition down to just ten prize winners. The coveted first prize went to Mexican photographer Anuar Patjane for his underwater photo of a humpback whale and her calf:

“Diving with a humpback whale and her newborn calf while they cruise around Roca Partida … in the Revillagigedo [Islands], Mexico. This is an outstanding and unique place full of pelagic life, so we need to accelerate the incorporation of the islands into UNESCO as [a] natural heritage site in order to increase the protection of the islands against the prevailing illegal fishing corporations and big-game fishing.”

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“Whale Whisperers” captured by Anuar Patjane Floriuk (Via Facebook)

Patjane’s breathtaking black and white photo earned him an eight-day National Geographic Photo Expedition to Costa Rica and the Panama Canal with airfare for two.

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