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.