To catch a meal, a determined northern gannet slices into the waters off the island of Noss in Shetland, Scotland. The diving birds can break the water’s surface at 70 miles an hour and have nostrils that seal shut, allowing them to dive to depths up to 50 feet. “I took this picture … from a small boat using an underwater housing,” Your Shot photographer Felipe Foncueva explains, “surrounded by thousands of gannets flying, diving, and shouting around me.”

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Close encounter


While diving in the Galápagos Islands, Sandro Lonardi took a break between dives to snorkel with sea lions. “At first they were all on the island, but slowly they entered the water and started to play with us,” says the Your Shot member. “They were a bit shy, but as I started to imitate them, they become more familiar and started to get closer and closer. It was a great moment.”

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Diving with a humpback whale and her calf

A whopping 18,000 photographers submitted their photos to the 2015 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest, and the judges had to narrow the competition down to just ten prize winners. The coveted first prize went to Mexican photographer Anuar Patjane for his underwater photo of a humpback whale and her calf.

“Diving with a humpback whale and her newborn calf while they cruise around Roca Partida … in the Revillagigedo [Islands], Mexico. This is an outstanding and unique place full of pelagic life, so we need to accelerate the incorporation of the islands into UNESCO as [a] natural heritage site in order to increase the protection of the islands against the prevailing illegal fishing corporations and big-game fishing.”


Patjane’s breathtaking black and white photo earned him an eight-day National Geographic Photo Expedition to Costa Rica and the Panama Canal with airfare for two.

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