National Geographic: Traveler Photo Contest

National Geographic Traveler magazine received nearly 18,000 photo submissions for its 2015 Traveler Photo Contest. The top 10 photographs featured below were taken from around the world and are sure to amaze and ignite your imagination. These images allow us to experience elements outside of our everyday world and certainly will leave a lasting impression.

The grand prize of this year’s National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest was an eight-day National Geographic Photo Expedition to Costa Rica and the Panama Canal for two. The photographer who claimed this truly grand prize was Anuar Patjane Floriuk of Tehuacán, Puebla, Mexico, by capturing this photo titled “Whale Whisperers”, a magical underwater scene of divers swimming with a humpback whale:

Diving with a humpback whale and her new born calf while they cruise around Roca Partida Island, in Revillagigedo, Mexico.
Diving with a humpback whale and her new born calf while they cruise around Roca Partida Island, in Revillagigedo, Mexico.
Following Floriuk in second place was Faisal Azim with the photo below titled, “Gravel Workmen”.

Three gravel workmen are looking through the window glass at their working place.
Three gravel workmen are looking through the window glass at their working place.
In third place came “Camel Ardah”, by photographer, Ahmed Al Toqi. This photograph captured a traditional style of camel racing where two camels are controlled by expert men and the faster camel is the loser. This type of race not only showcases the riders’ skills and expert ability to control the pace and speed of the Arabian camels but also highlights the camel’s beauty and strength. These races are considered to be very risky since the camels reactions are unpredictable.

Camel Ardah, as it called in Oman, its one of the traditional styles of camel racing.
As it called in Oman, “Camel Ardah” is one of the traditional styles of camel racing.
The following seven photographs make up the rest of the top 10 merit winning entries:

“A Night at Deadvlei”
“A Night at Deadvlei”
“Catching a Duck”
“Catching a Duck”
Kushti, Indian Wrestling
“Kushti, Indian Wrestling”
White Rhinos
“White Rhinos”
Sauna in the Sky
“Sauna in the Sky”
Highlanders
“Highlanders”
Romania, Land of Fairy Tales
“Romania, Land of Fairy Tales”