National Geographic Traveler just announced the 2015 winners of their annual photo contest. The competition, which includes submissions from thousands of images taken from all around the world over the course of 2015, awards the winner an eight-night Costa Rica and Panama Canal photo trip with airfare included for two. Second- and third-place winners receive vacations in Yellowstone National Park and a cruise from Schooner American Eagle and Heritage, respectively. Merit winners get a Nat Geo Masters of Photography course plus a $200 B&H Photo gift certificate.
Grand Prize: Whale Whisperers
Photo and caption by Anuar Patjane Floriuk / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
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.