You’re gonna need a bigger boat

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Whale watching 

“Magic happened,” says Your Shot photographer Christophe Lapeze about his trip to French Polynesia. “When [the whales] feel safe and unafraid, they can really come close to you. Strobes were not allowed but you don’t need them,” he remembers. “The contrast of the deep blue and the sunlight were enough: another photographer on the other side, the whale posing, a few bubbles out of his blow-hole, a short eye contact. Click! Fixed in my memory forever.”

Reblogged from National Geographic

Humpback

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.”

Reblogged from National Geographic

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.”

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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.

Reblogged from PictureCorrect