A young humpback meets the lucky photographer’s gaze in the waters around Vava‘u, Tonga. Mother humpback whales and their young swim close together, even touching one another often with their flippers in apparent gestures of affection. “We had been observing this young calf … for perhaps ten minutes when [it] decided to leave [its] mum’s side and swim over,” Your Shot photographer Michael Smith says. “I could clearly see [its] beautiful eye staring right into my soul.”

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Above and below

“This is the most unexpected split photo I’ve seen,” writes Enric Sala, a National Geographic explorer-in-residence and the editor of the Pristine Seas assignment, of this image by Your Shot photographer Justin Hofman. “The lonely krill seems to be checking for the presence of the penguin predator. At the same time, we can see the ice and landscape on the surface. It’s mostly monochromatic, but the reddish krill attracts one’s eye.”
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Just looking


Shot that i’ve taken at the Oasi di Sant’Alessio, Pavia. Italy 2014. I took several shots in different positions, checking many point of views as possible, before finding the composition I was looking for. When caimans are immersed into the water two only parts of the body remain visible over the surface and these are eyes and nostrils. In this case I found that nostrils were just a disturbing element, that would just keep away the attention of the viewer from the magnetism of the eye.

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