After receiving nearly 18,000 photo submissions, National Geographic Traveler magazine has selected the winning shots for this year’s Traveler Photo Contest. It’s a series of images of our world that dazzles your eyes and stirs your imagination.
The grand prize winner is Anuar Patjane Floriuk of Tehuacán, Puebla, Mexico, who captured a magical underwater photograph of divers swimming near a humpback whale.
Grand Prize: “Whale Whisperer”
“The photo wasn’t planned,” says Floriuk. “I was taking photos near the head of the whale, and all of a sudden she began to swim toward the rest of the diving team. The divers gave the whale and her calf space, and I just clicked at the moment when the flow and composition seemed right.”
The grand prize of this year’s National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest was an eight-day National Geographic Photo Expedition to Costa Rica and the Panama Canal for two.
Second Place: “Gravel Workmen”
Third Place: “Camel Ardah”
Seven other photographs were selected as merit winners: