Thursday 21 September 2017

Whale of a Time: 10 National Geographic Travel photo contest award winners

Fintastic photos

Diving with a humpback whale and her new born calf while they cruise around Roca Partida Island, in Revillagigedo, Mexico. This is an outstanding and unique place full of pelagic life so we need to accelerate the incorporation of this islands into UNESCO as natural heritage site in order to increase the protection of the islands against the prevailing illegal fishing corporations and big game fishing. Photo: Anuar Patjane Floriuk / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
Diving with a humpback whale and her new born calf while they cruise around Roca Partida Island, in Revillagigedo, Mexico. This is an outstanding and unique place full of pelagic life so we need to accelerate the incorporation of this islands into UNESCO as natural heritage site in order to increase the protection of the islands against the prevailing illegal fishing corporations and big game fishing. Photo: Anuar Patjane Floriuk / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
Gravel crush working place remains full of dust and sand. Three gravel workmen are looking through the window glass at their working place. Photo and caption by Faisal Azim / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
'Camel Ardah' As it called in Oman, its one of the traditional styles of camel racing between two camels controlled by expert men, the faster camel is the loser one, so they must be running by the same speed level in the same track. Photo and caption by Ahmed Al Toqi / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
The night before returning to Windhoek, we spent several hours at Deadveli. The moon was bright enough to illuminate the sand dunes in the distance, but the skies were still dark enough to clearly see the milky way and magellanic clouds. Deadveli means "dead marsh." The camelthorn trees are believed to be about 900 years old, but have not decomposed because the environment is so dry. Photo and caption by Beth McCarley / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
2 boys are trying to catch a duck at the stream of the waterfall. Photo and caption by Sarah Wouters / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
Kushti is the traditional form of Indian wrestling. Wearing only a well-adjusted loincloth (langot), wrestlers (pelwhans) enter a pit made of clay, often mixed with salt, lemon, and ghee (clarified butter). At the end of a workout, wrestlers rest against the walls of the arena, covering their heads and bodies with earth to soak up any perspiration and avoid catching cold. This relaxation ceremony is completed with massages to soothe tired muscles and demonstrate mutual respect. Photo and caption by Alain Schroeder / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
The night before this photo, we tried all day to get a good photo of the endangered white rhino. Skulking through the grass carefully trying to stay 30 feet away to be safe, didn't provide me the photo I was hoping for. In the morning however, I woke up to all three rhinos grazing infront of me. Photo and caption by Stefane Berube / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
A sauna at 2.800 mt high, in the heart of Dolomites. Monte Lagazuoi, Cortina, eastern Italian Alps. Photo and caption by Stefano Zardini / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
Traditional haymaking in Poland. Many people continue to use the scythe and pitchfork to sort the hay. Photo and caption by Bartłomiej Jurecki / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
Whitefrost over Pestera village in Romania. Photo and caption by Eduard Gutescu / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
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When National Geographic Travel revealed the winners of its 2015 Travel Photo contest, we got wanderlust.

We're not the only ones, either.

“I was blown away by the creativity of the photographers," said Maggie Zackowitz, editor-in-chief of National Geographic Traveler magazine.

“National Geographic Travel celebrates and illuminates destinations around the globe, and it was exciting to see that same theme captured in the contest entries."

The winning photo, which captures divers swimming near a humpback whale near Roca Partida, an island off the western coast of Mexico, was taken by Anuar Patjane Floriuk of Tehuacán, Puebla, Mexico.

“The photo wasn’t planned,” Floriuk says.

“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.”

'Whale Whisperer' placed first out of 17,000 entries.

Faisal Azim of Bangladesh, placed second for his photo 'Gravel Workmen', while Ahmed Al Toqi of Muscat, Oman, placed third for 'Camel Ardah'.

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