Whale Whispers by Anuar Patjane
These stunning images are the part of the 18,000 entries into the annual National Geographic Traveler magazine photo contest.
The incredible shots were submitted by photographers from around the globe. The competition was touch, but a winner was finally selected.
First prize went to Mexican Anuar Patjane, who won a photo expedition to Costa Rica and the Panama Canal with airfare for two after capturing this underwater shot of divers surrounding a Humpback Whale.
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Encounters With An 8 Metre Whale Shark by Max Taylor
Flamingos at Laguna Colorado by Dharshana Jagoda
Fury by Orcar Martinez
Grave Workmen by Faisal Azim
Heavenly Fire Over The Antarctic by Raymond Liu
Huayna Potosi by Linda Rahmat
Mars by Denis Budkov
Oia Sunset by Mohammad Alajeel
Romania, Land Of Fairy Tales by Eduardo-Gutescu
Sauna In The Sky by Stefano Zardini
Sunset At The Avenue Of The Baobabs by Talia Friedman
A Night At Deadvlei by Beth McCarley
Zermatt and- Matterhorn In The Morning by Andrey Omelyanchuk