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This Whale Photo Just Won $120,000

HIPA has announced this year's winners of its prestigious international photography contest. This year's theme was "Water," and Australian photographer Jasmine Carey won the $120,000 grand prize with an ethereal photo of a mother humpback whale sleeping next to her two-week-old baby.

Humpback Whale Breaches Right in Front of Swimming Photographer

Australian photographer Beau Pilgrim got the surprise of a lifetime recently when an adult humpback whale breached right in front of him, landing just a couple of meters away from the swimming photographer. Fortunately for us, he captured the incredible moment on video.

Kayakers Raised Out of the Water by Playful Whale, Capture the Incredible Encounter on Camera

A couple of kayakers, believe to be a father and daughter, had an unbelievable encounter with some playful whales in the waters off the coast of Puerto Madryn, Argentina. They captured the entire thing in a GoPro video that has since gone viral, but the footage has sparked serious criticism from authorities and those who capture professional footage and photos of these gentle giants.

Video: Photographer’s Boat Capsized by a Pair of Feeding Blue Whales

Photographer and animal lover Dale Frink was on a whale watching trip earlier this month when something scary happened: two lunge feeding blue whales popped up right behind the whale watching boat he was on, capsizing it and sending Frink and all his stuff into the frigid water.

And yet, he still got the shot.

Humpback Whale Smacks Diver’s Camera in Seriously Close Call

The squeaks and grunts whales make are still mysterious, but at least now we know what whale-speak is for "Get that thing out of my face!" That would be thanks to diver/photographer Chris Coates, who had a close encounter of the paparazzi kind while observing humpback whales off the eastern coast of Africa recently.

Divers Capture What It’s Like to Almost Get Eaten by a Massive Whale

If you're afraid of swimming in the ocean due to a fear of the unknown below you, you might want to skip over the post. A group of divers off the coast of California got a scare recently when they had an extremely close call with large humpback whales. They almost found themselves in the mouths of the feeding whales, and multiple cameras were there to capture what happened (note: the video above contains some strong language).