15 Of The Most Beautiful Photographs Of 2015

The year is almost wrapped up now and taking a look back at it, it produced some truly incredible photography. I love going through various photography award sites and looking at the best photos of the year. Here are 15 of my absolute favorites, photos that really made me gasp and marvel at the incredible beauty that surrounds us.

1. "Whale Whisperer" by Anuar Patjane Floriuk

Anuar Patjane Floriuk

"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." - Anuar Patjane Floriuk

2. "Gravel Workmen" by Ahmed Al Toqi

Ahmed Al Toqi

"Three gravel workmen are looking through the window glass at their workplace." - Ahmed Al Toqi

3. "Camel Ardah" by Ahmed Al Toqi

Ahmed Al Toqi

"Camel Ardah, as it is called in Oman, is one of the traditional styles of camel racing between two camels controlled by expert men. The faster camel is the loser, so they must be running at the same speed level in the same track." - Ahmed Al Toqi 

4. "Kushti, Indian Wrestling" by Alain Schroeder

Alain Schroeder

"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." - Alain Schroeder

5. "Romania, Land of Fairy Tales" by Eduard Gutescu

Eduard Gutescu

White frost over Pestera village in Romania.


6. "White Rhinos" by Stefane Berube

Stefane Berube

"The night before this photo, we tried all day to get a good picture of the endangered white rhino ... In the morning I woke up to all three rhinos grazing in front of me." - Stefane Berube

7. "Highlanders" by Bartlomiej Jurecki

Bartlomiej Jurecki

"Traditional haymaking in Poland. Many people continue to use the scythe and pitchfork to sort the hay." - Bartlomiej Jurecki

8. "Catching a Duck" by Sarah Wouters

Sarah Wouters

"Two boys are trying to catch a duck at the stream of the waterfall." - Sarah Wouters

9. "Sauna in the Sky" by Stefano Zardini

Stefano Zardini

"A sauna at 2,800 metres high, in the heart of Dolomites, Monte Lagazuoi, Cortina, eastern Italian Alps." - Stefano Zardini

10. "A Night at Deadvlei" by Beth McCarley

Beth McCarley

"The night before returning to Windhoek, we spent several hours at Deadveli (in Namibia). 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." - Beth McCarley

11. "Eclipse Totality over Sassendalen" by Luc Jamet

Luc Jamet

"The total solar eclipse of 20 March 2015 seen from Svalbard - one of only two habitable locations that were able to witness totality - just 16 seconds after it began. The image shows totality about 100 meters above the large valley of Sassendalen situated on the only permanently inhabited island of the Norwegian archipelago. Venus can also be seen in the photograph, as a bright spot in the upper left of the image." - Luc Jamet


12. "Silk Skies" by Jamen Percy

Jamen Percy

"Taken in Abisko National Park in Lapland. The photographer had all but given up on seeing the aurora after spending many hours atop a mountain waiting to catch a glimpse of them. As he stumbled down the hill he saw the green reflection of the aurora in the snow and captured this breathtaking shot of the piercing blue light show coursing through the night sky." - Jamen Percy

13. Sunset Peak Star Trail" by Chap Him Wong

Chap Him Wong

"Campers shelter from the wind next to old stone cottages looking up to Sunset Peak, the third-highest mountain in Hong Kong, standing at 869 meters tall. Above the mountain and at an even further distance from the campers, the stars appear to flash across the night sky leaving trails in their wake but are in fact portraying the movement of the Earth on its axis." - Chap Him Wong

14. "Interaction" by Tommy Eliassen

Tommy Eliassen

"An engrossed stargazer stands in the spotlight of a brilliant display of the Aurora Borealis in Norway, seemingly about to be beamed up into space." - Tommy Eliassen

15. "The Arrow Missed the Heart" by Lefteris Velissaratos

Lefteris Velissaratos

"A coincidental alignment shows the Comet C/2014 E2 Jacques travelling just below the famed Heart Nebula in the constellation of Cassiopeia." - Lefteris Velissaratos

Via: Buzzfeed

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