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This Breathtaking 'Whale Whisperer' Picture Just Won The 2015 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

03/08/2015 15:12 BST | Updated 03/08/2015 15:59 BST

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An underwater photograph of divers swimming near a humpback whale taken by Anuar Patjane Floriuk of Mexico, has won the 2015 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest grand prize after beating over 17,000 entries.

“The photo wasn’t planned,” Floriuk said. “I was taking photos near the head of the whale, and all of a sudden she began to swim toward the rest of the diving team. The divers gave the whale and her calf space, and I just clicked at the moment when the flow and composition seemed right.” Shot near Roca Partida, an island off the western coast of Mexico, the winning photo is titled “Whale Whisperer.”

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Mr Floriuk has won an eight-day National Geographic Photo Expedition to Costa Rica and the Panama Canal for two after he took this stunning image.

This year’s contest received more than 17,000 entries from photographers around the world. There were four categories: Travel Portraits, Outdoor Scenes, Sense of Place and Spontaneous Moments.

National Geographic Traveler Magazine Announces Winners of 2015 Photography Contest

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