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The Winning Photography of The 2015 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

The photos submitted for the 2015 National Geographic Traveler photo contest were truly exceptional. There were more than 17.000 photos divided into categories: Travel Portraits, Outdoor Scenes, Sense of Place and Spontaneous Moments.

The first prize went to Anuar Patjane Floriuk for his underwater shot of divers swimming close to a humpback whale near Roca Partida. Anuar won 8-day National Geographic Photo Expedition to Costa Rica and the Panama Canal for two.

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

Take a look at the other winners!

First Place Winner: Whale Whisperers


Second Place Winner: Gravel Workmen


Third Place Winner: Camel Ardah


Merit Winner: A Night at Deadvlei


Merit Winner: Catching a Duck


Merit Winner: Romania, Land of Fairy Tales


Merit Winner: Highlanders


Merit Winner: White Rhinos


Merit Winner: Kushti, Indian Wrestling


Merit Winner: Sauna in the Sky