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These are the amazing National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest winners

Updated 4 years ago

The images you’re about to see weren’t created artificially by Photoshop masters. They’re actual pictures taken by the winners of the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest. The whale picture you see at the top of the page took home the grand prize. Taken near Roca Partida off the Mexican coast, the picture shows a mesmerizing landscape dominated by a large whale.

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“The photo wasn’t planned,” photographer Anuar Patjane Floriuk told National Geographic. “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.”

In what follows you’ll see the contest’s winners, including Merit selections, as listed by Mashable.

First Place: Whale Whisperers

Second Place: Gravel Workmen

Third Place: Camel Ardah

Merit: A Night at Deadvlei

Merit: Catching a Duck

Merit: Kushti, Indian Wrestling

Merit: White Rhinos

Merit: Sauna in the Sky

Merit: Highlanders

Merit: Romania, Land of Fairy Tales

More details about each picture are available at the source links.

Chris Smith
Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.