Shutter talk 01: The world is a beautiful place

The world is indeed a beautiful place and it is proved every year with the breathtaking photographs in the National Geographic’s Traveler Photo Contest by the talents all across the globe. The National Geographic’s Travel photo contest, which is one of the most prestigious photo contest on earth, announced the winner of its 2015 contest and released the awe-inspiring photos.

The astonishing photo of a humpback whale and her newborn calf scooped the first prize in the annual photography competition. Nearly 18,000 photographs were reviewed by The 2015 Traveler Photo Contest judges, and ten pictures won top prizes. Photographers entered pictures into four categories: Travel Portraits, Outdoor Scenes, Sense of Place, and Spontaneous Moments. Take a look and find your favorite one.

Whale Whisperers

The grand prize went to whale whisperers – diving with a humpback whale and her newborn calf while they cruise around Roca Partida island, in Revillagigedo, Mexico. ‘This is an outstanding and unique place full of pelagic life so we need to accelerate the incorporation of this islands into Unesco as natural heritage site in order to increase the protection of the islands against the prevailing illegal fishing corporations and big-game fishing’.

Photo and caption: Anuar Patjane

Gravel Workmen

Gravel workmen took second place. The gravel crush working place is full of dust and sand. Three gravel workmen are looking through the window at work place Chittagong, Bangladesh

Photo and caption: Faisal Azim

Camel Ardah

Third place went to Camel Ardah, as it called in Oman – one of the traditional styles of camel racing.

Photo and caption: Ahmed Al Toqi

Sauna in the Sky

A sauna at 2,800 meters in the heart of the Dolomites at Monte Lagazuoi, Cortina, in the eastern Italian Alps.

Photo and caption: Stefano Zardini

Romania, Land of Fairy Tales

White frost over Pestera village in Romania.

Photo and caption: Eduard Gutescu

A Night at Deadvlei

A night at Deadvlei, in Namibia. ‘The night before returning to Windhoek, we spent several hours at Deadveli. The moon was bright enough to illuminate the sand dunes in the distance, but the skies were still dark enough to clearly see the milky way and Magellanic Clouds. Deadvlei means “dead marsh”. The camel thorn trees are believed to be about 900 years old, but have not decomposed because the environment is so dry’.

Photo and caption: Beth McCarley

The power of few

White rhinos at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary in Uganda. ‘The night before this photo, we tried all day to get a good photo of the endangered white rhino. Skulking through the grass carefully trying to stay 30ft away to be safe, didn’t provide me the photo I was hoping for. In the morning however, I woke up to all three rhinos grazing in front of me’

Photo and caption: Stefane Berube

Kushti, Indian Wrestling

Kushti is the traditional form of Indian wrestling. Wearing only a well-adjusted loincloth (langot), wrestlers (pelwhans) enter a pit made of clay, often mixed with salt, lemon and ghee (clarified butter). At the end of a workout, wrestlers rest against the walls of the arena, covering their heads and bodies with earth to soak up any perspiration and avoid catching cold. This relaxation ceremony is completed with massages to soothe tired muscles and demonstrate mutual respect.

Photo and caption: Alain Schroeder

Catching a Duck

Two boys trying to catch a duck at the stream of the waterfall in Nong Khai province, Thailand.

Photo and caption: Sarah Wouters


Traditional haymaking in Poland, where many people continue to use the scythe and pitchfork to sort the hay.

Photo and caption: Bartlomiej Jurecki

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