Spectacular Winning Photos From The 2015 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

The winners of the 27th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest were announced yesterday. The winning photographs were selected from four categories: Travel Portraits, Outdoor Scenes, Sense of Place and Spontaneous Moments.

Selected from nearly 18,000 global entries, Anuar Patjane Floriuk of Tehuacán, Mexico, took home first place for his amazing underwater shot, titled “Whale Whisperers.” Floriuk won an eight-day National Geographic Photo Expedition to Costa Rica and the Panama Canal for two. 

“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.”

Below are the top ten winning photos:

Grand Prize: Whale Whisperers:
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© Anuar Patjane Floriuk / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

Whale Whisperers by Anuar Patjane
Category: Outdoor Scenes
Location: Roca Partida, Revillagigedo Islands, Mexico
Camera: Sony DSC-RX100
Focal Length: 10.4 mm
Shutter Speed: 1/1000 sec
Aperture: f/1.8
ISO: 200

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.

Second Place: Gravel Workmen:
© Faisal Azim / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

© Faisal Azim / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

Gravel Workmen by Faisal Azim
Category: Travel Portraits
Location: Chittagong, Chittagong, Bangladesh
Camera: Nikon D800
Focal Length: 24 mm
Shutter Speed: 1/640 sec
Aperture: f/5
ISO: 500

[This] gravel-crush working place remains full of dust and sand. Three gravel workmen are looking through the window glass at their working place. Chittagong, Bangladesh.

Third Place: Camel Ardah:
© Ahmed Al Toqi / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

© Ahmed Al Toqi / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

Camel Ardah by Ahmed Al Toqi
Category: Outdoor Scenes
Location: Badīyah, Ash Sharqiyah, Oman
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Focal Length: 17 mm
Shutter Speed: 1/1000 sec
Aperture: f/9
ISO: 200

Camel Ardah, as it called in Oman, is one of the traditional styles of camel racing … between two camels controlled by expert men. The faster camel is the loser … so they must be running [at] the same speed level in the same track. The main purpose of Ardah is to show the beauty and strength of the Arabian camels and the riders’ skills. Ardah [is] considered one of the most risky situations, since always the camels reactions are unpredictable [and] it may get wild and jump [toward the] audience.

Merit: A Night at Deadvlei:
© Beth McCarley / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

© Beth McCarley / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

A Night at Deadvlei by Beth McCarley
Category: Sense of Place
Location: Windhoek, Khomas, Namibia
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Focal Length: 16 mm
Shutter Speed: 25/1 sec
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 3200

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. Deadveli means “dead marsh.” The camelthorn trees are believed to be about 900 years old but have not decomposed because the environment is so dry.

Merit: Catching a Duck:
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© Sarah Wouters / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

Catching a Duck by Sarah Wouters
Category: Spontaneous Moments
Location: Nong Khai Province, Thailand
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Focal Length: 120 mm
Shutter Speed: 1/800 sec
Aperture: f/4
ISO: 400

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

Merit: Kushti, Indian Wrestling:
© Alain Schroeder / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

© Alain Schroeder / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

Kushti, Indian Wrestling by Alain Schroeder
Category: Spontaneous Moments
Location: Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India
Camera: Nikon D800
Focal Length: 99.8 mm
Shutter Speed: 1/10 sec
Aperture: f/4
ISO: 1600

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.

Merit: White Rhinos:
© Stefane Berube / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

© Stefane Berube / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

White Rhinos by Stefane Berube
Category: Spontaneous Moments
Location: Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Uganda
Camera: Canon EOS-1D Mark IV
Focal Length: 50 mm
Shutter Speed: 1/250 sec
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 400

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 30 feet 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. Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Uganda.

Merit: Sauna in the Sky:
© Stefano Zardini / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

© Stefano Zardini / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

Sauna in the Sky by Stefano Zardini
Category: Outdoor Scenes
Location: Monte Lagazuoi, Cortina, Italy
Camera: Nikon D750
Focal Length: 17 mm
Shutter Speed: 1/3 sec
Aperture: f/6.3
ISO: 1600

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

Merit: Highlanders:
© Bartłomiej Jurecki / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

© Bartłomiej Jurecki / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

Highlanders by Bartłomiej Jurecki
Category: Travel Portraits
Location: Poland
Camera: Nikon D800
Focal Length: 24 mm
Shutter Speed: 1/5000 sec
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 250

Traditional haymaking in Poland. Many people continue to use the scythe and pitchfork to sort the hay.

Merit: Romania, Land of Fairy Tales:
© Eduard Gutescu / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

© Eduard Gutescu / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

Romania, Land of Fairy Tales by Eduard Gutescu
Category: Outdoor Scenes
Location: Bran, Brasov, Romania
Camera information unavailable

White frost over Pestera village.

To see more photos, check out the 2015 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest site.

Oscars 2015: Stunning Celebrity Portraits By Mark Seliger

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Emma Stone

Celebrity photographer Mark Seliger has captured these stunning Instagram portraits of various Hollywood  a-listers who stopped by the beautiful impromptu portrait studio at the Vanity Fair’s Oscar’s after party. 

A-list celebrities included: ,  Eddie Redmayne, Lady Gaga, Ansel Elgort, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Adam Levine and Bahati Prinsloo, Oprah Winfrey, Rashida Jones and Natalie Portman, Steve Martin, Conan O’Brien, and more.

Love the lighting, the vintage furniture, distressed walls, and the staircase.

Which one is your favorite?

Eddie Redmayne (Best Actor Winner)

Eddie Redmayne (Best Actor Winner)

J.K. Simmons (Best Supporting Actor Winner)

J.K. Simmons (Best Supporting Actor Winner)

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga

Steve Martin

Steve Martin

Adam Levine and Bahati Prinsloo

Adam Levine and Bahati Prinsloo

Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux

Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux

Judd Apatow, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton

Judd Apatow, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey

Ansel Elgort

Ansel Elgort

Sofia Vergara

Sofia Vergara

Mindy Kaling

Mindy Kaling

Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson

Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson

Natalie Portman and Rashida Jones

Natalie Portman and Rashida Jones

Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher

Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher

Monica Lewinsky

Monica Lewinsky

Rita Ora

Rita Ora

Jason Wu and Karlie Kloss

Jason Wu and Karlie Kloss

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Breathtaking Photos of Waves Frozen in Time by Pierre Carreau

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Pierre Carreau

“The physical realm of our existence, of the world around us, can be turned to artistic purposes in an endless variety of ways.”

– Pierre Carreau

I have a fascination and appreciation for the ocean. French photographer Pierre Carreau shares that same fascination. In his series titled “AquaViva,” Carreau captures breathtaking photos of ocean waves frozen in mid-break using a series of high-speed cameras, creating “liquid sculptures” of nature’s powerful forces. Carreau states,“I like the fact that this energy comes from far away to be revealed on our beaches.”

In his artist statement, Carreau says:

“Water is amazing. Basically it has no color, but through reflection and refraction it can possess all of them, the entire spectrum of light…Consider that nature presents to us this vibrant energy daily wherever the ocean meets the shore. We are incapable of capturing these fleeting masterpieces with our own eyes, however, for the movement is too swift, and the tumultuous action of the waves too distracting in its kinetic form.”

“This simultaneous depiction of roiling movement and suspended kinetic energy parallels the dual nature of the oceans and of water itself: life-giving and yet dangerous, inviting and yet fearsome, primordial and yet ever-changing and always renewed.”

Pierre Carreau

Pierre Carreau

Pierre Carreau

Pierre Carreau

Pierre Carreau

Pierre Carreau

Pierre Carreau

Pierre Carreau

Pierre Carreau

Pierre Carreau

Pierre Carreau

Pierre Carreau

Pierre Carreau

Pierre Carreau

Pierre Carreau

Pierre Carreau

Pierre Carreau

Pierre Carreau

Pierre Carreau

Pierre Carreau

Pierre Carreau

Pierre Carreau

Prints are available at Clic Gallery.

Follow Carreau’s work on: Facebook | Website

Super-Flamands Photo Series By Sacha Goldberger

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I’ve been a fan of Sacha Goldberger’s photography for a couple of years now. It all started with hi s Mamika series. Mamika is a fun photo series he did with his grandmother dressed as a Superhero. If you haven’t seen it, go check it out

Goldberger’s latest series is titled “Super-Flamands (aka Super Flemish),” which is absolutely brilliant, he asks “What if Superheroes and Disney Princesses were born in the 16th century?, What if the Hulk was Duke?, and What if Jan van Eyck had done the portrait of Snow White?” With that, Goldberger photographed each character by using the same techniques of Flemish masters. Check it out!

Follow Goldberger’s work on: Facebook | Instagram | Website

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(All Photos Belong To Sacha Goldberger)

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Watch Photographer Blair Bunting Experience The G-Force Of An F-16

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What an awesome experience! This is probably the closest thing I’ll get to flying in an F-16. 

Advertising Photographer Blair Bunting, had the opportunity to photograph the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds newly painted F-16, at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona.

F-16 fighter jet photographed by Blair Bunting

© Blair Bunting – U.S. Air Force Thunderbird F-16 jet.

Not only did Blair get to photograph the above plane, he was offered a chance to ride along in the backseat of one of their F-16 jets.

F-16

Ever wondered what 9 G’s feels like, here it is:

Firstly, in no way is it comfortable, not even close. I began to feel my face melting away as the skin in my cheeks pulled down to my mouth. The color from my vision was the next thing to fade away, first the reds, then the greens. Squeezing like hell, I did everything I could to get air into my lungs as the G-suit wrenched it out. With all the color of a 1950′s television set, the next thing I noticed was that waves were starting to develop in my vision and a vignette appeared. All the while I am listening to the pilot’s breathing and trying my hardest to match it.

At any point I could relax and immediately be unconscious, only to wake up and wonder where I am, but I had trained too hard to let this happen. Then, just as G’s set had set in, they began to leave and normalcy appeared. However, if I were to relax at that point, the blood would leave my brain too fast and knock me out as well, so I continually squeeze as the G’s lift and my body slowly returns to what sanity it had left.

Read more about his experience flying in an F-16 on his blog.

You can follow Blair on: Facebook | Twitter | Website 

Here’s the video. Enjoy!

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[Via Twisted Sifter]