This Year's 10 Best Travel Photos Were Just Released (And They're Incredible)

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The coveted first-place prize of this year's National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest was awarded to Anuar Patjane yesterday for his unbelievable image of a humpback whale and her newborn calf off the coast of Mexico. The gold medal comes with an eight-day expedition on the Panama Canal aboard National Geographic's charter ship. Not bad.

A panel of photographers pulled the image, along with 9 other honorable mentions, from over 18,000 entries.

Check out the winning snapshots, and get exploring!


Three gravel workers peer through a window in Bangladesh.


Men race camels along the Arabian Peninsula.


A mountaintop sauna glows softly over the Italian Alps.


A bright moon floods Nimibian sands with light.


Two boys try catching a duck at the base of a waterfall in Thailand.



Indian wrestlers cover themselves in clay to soothe sore muscles after a fight.


Three white rhinos graze in an animal sanctuary in Uganda.


Haymakers work together in the Polish countryside.


Frost settles over a Romanian village.

Photos via National Geographic


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