The National Geographic 12-week Traveler Photo Contest Winner

National Geographic is known for its incredible nature photography – that’s the whole point of the magazine! So, imagine the incredible talent (and the inspiring images produced from that talent) who submitted to – and won – the magazine’s 12-week Traveler Photo Contest. First place went to photographer and SCUBA instructor Anuar Patjane Floriuk for his stunning image of a humpback whale family off the Mexican coast. d8cda2625305ce9010788c6e47be0f24

Floriuk says the photograph was pure chance; he’d been trying to get close-up shots of the head of the mom before deciding to give the group their space. At this new farther-away vantage point, the frame came together to create this dynamic composition of light and dark, large and small. The incredible photograph won Floriuk and a friend an eight-day National Geographic Photo Expedition to Costa Rica and the Panama Canal so we can assuredly expect more stunning work from him in the near future. [h/t thecreatorsproject.vice.com]White Rhinos; photo and caption by Stefane Berube / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest; Gravel Workmen ; photo and caption by Faisal Azim / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest Romania, Land of Fairy Tales; photo and caption by Eduard Gutescu / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest; Kushti, Indian Wrestling; photo and caption by Alain Schroeder / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest; A Night at Deadvlei; photo and caption by Beth McCarley / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest Highlanders; photo and caption by Bartłomiej Jurecki / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest; Camel Ardah; photo and caption by Ahmed Al Toqi / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest Catching a Duck; photo and caption by Sarah Wouters / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest;