National Geographic Held Its Annual Traveler Photo Contest, And These Are The Stunning Winners

Since 1888, National Geographic Magazine has published some of the world's finest photojournalism. It was one of the first magazines to print color photography in the early 20th century and in the 1930s, began allowing their photography staffers to use the smaller 35mm film cameras on the job. This sparked an interest in nature photography and photo essays among hobbyists with an aim of capturing National Geographic's quality level. But it wasn't until 2006 that National Geographic Magazine finally opened its doors to amateur photographers with their annual photography competition. Since then, the competition has been fierce with submissions coming in from eighteen countries worldwide.

This year's winner is Anuar Patjane Floriuk from Tehuacán, Puebla, Mexico. He says the photo was a happy accident: “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.” 

Here is Floriuk's prize-winning photograph and 10 of National Geographic's best photographs of the year.

First Place Winner: “Whale Whisperers” by Anuar Patjane Floriuk 

Second Place Winner: “Gravel Workmen” by Faisal Azim


Third Place Winner: “Camel Ardah” by Ahmed Al Toqi

Merit Winner: “A Night at Deadvlei” by Beth McCarley

Merit Winner: “Catching a Duck” by Sarah Wouters

Merit Winner: “Romania, Land of Fairy Tales” by Eduard Gutescu

Merit Winner: “Highlanders” by Bartłomiej Jurecki


Merit Winner: “White Rhinos” by Stefane Berube

Merit Winner: “Kushti, Indian Wrestling” by Alain Schroeder

Merit Winner: “Sauna in the Sky” by Stefano Zardini

Via: National Geographic

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