This is the absolutely amazing winner of this year's contest. It is the underwater picture of divers with a humpback whale and her newly born calf. The pair were cruising around Roca Partida Island, in Revillagigedo, Mexico. For winning the contect, Floriuk won an 8-day trip for two on the National Geographic Photo Expedition to Costa Rica and the Panama Canal.
Chittagong, Bangladesh. Three workmen from a gravel-crush working place look through the window glass of their working place. The place remains full of dust and sand.
© Faisal Azim / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
One of the traditional styles of camel racing in Oman is called Camel Ardah. This style of racing pits two camels, controlled by expert handlers, against each other. The loser is the faster of the two camels, so they must be running at the same speed across the same track. The primary purpose of Ardah is to showcase the beauty and strength of the Arabian camels, and to demonstrate the riders' skills. Ardah is considered one of the most dangerous races, since the reactions of the camels are unpredictable. They have been known to get wild and lunge toward the spectators.
© Ahmed Al Toqi / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
The moon over Deadveli was so bright, it illuminated the sand dunes in the distance. The sky remained dark enough to see the Milky Way and Magellanic Clouds. The name "Deadveli" means dead marsh. The camelthorn trees seen in the photo are believed to be around 900 years old. They have not composed because of the environment is so dry.
© Beth McCarley / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
Taken in Nong Khai Province, Thailand, this photo shows two young boys trying to catch a duck in a stream.
© Sarah Wouters / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
Kushti is the traditional form of Indian wrestling. The wrestlers wear only a well-adjusted langot (loincloth), the pelwhans (wrestlers) join each other in a pit of clay that is often mixed with salt, lemon and a clarified butter called ghee. At the end of the match, the wrestlers relax against the walls of their arena, covering their heads and bodies with earth to absorb any perspiration. This is done to avoid catching cold. This is part of a relaxation ceremony that completes with massages to soothe tired muscles and demonstrate their mutual respect.
© Alain Schroeder / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
The photographer tried all day to get a photo of endangered white rhinos. A whole day of skulking through thick grass, taking care to stay at a safe distance of 30 feet, yielded no opportunity for a photo. The next morning, however, the photographer woke up to find these three rhinos grazing right in front of her in the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Uganda.
© Stefane Berube / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
Located 2,800 meters high in the heart of the Dolomites, Monte Lagazuoi, Cortina, eastern Italian Alps, can be found a steaming sauna.
© Stefano Zardini / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
In Poland, many people continue to use the traditional scythe and pitchform in traditional haymaking and sorting.
© Bart Omiej Jurecki / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
White frost over Pestera village in Romania.
© Eduard Gutescu / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest