The night before returning to Windhoek, we spent several hours at Deadveli. 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.
It’s that time again!
Those of us who love photography consider this to be one of the greatest moments, when we can see the photos of the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest! Each of these images represents something different, yet familiar; something known, yet magical and curious.
Each year, National Geographic releases the entries from its annual Traveler Photo Contest- and each year, I can barely contain myself. After patiently waiting and looking over the countless stunning entries in the 2015 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest, it’s finally time to announce the winners! Selected from more than 17,000 global entries in the categories Travel Portraits, Outdoor Scenes, Sense of Place and Spontaneous Moments, the grand prize went to Anuar Patjane Floriuk for his unbelievable underwater shot of divers swimming close to a humpback whale near Roca Partida, an island off of the western coast of Mexico.
“The photo wasn’t planned,” said the photographer, who hails from Tehuacán, Puebla, Mexico. “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.”
Below are the winning images, including second place, third place, and seven merit-prize winners, courtesy of our friends at National Geographic.
Grand Prize: Whale Whisperers – Photo and caption by Anuar Patjane Floriuk / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
Second Place: Gravel Workmen
Photo and caption by Faisal Azim / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
Third Place: Camel Ardah
Photo and caption by Ahmed Al Toqi / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
Merit: Catching a Duck Photo and caption by Sarah Wouters / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
Merit: Kushti, Indian Wrestling
Photo and caption by Alain Schroeder / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
Merit: White Rhinos
Photo and caption by Stefane Berube / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
Merit: Sauna in the Sky
Photo and caption by Stefano Zardini / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
Photo and caption by Bartłomiej Jurecki / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
Merit: Romania, Land of Fairy Tales
Photo and caption by Eduard Gutescu / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
Here they are, the chosen few. Which one was your favourite and why? What do you see when you look into these images?
Written by Raven Fon