29 Jun '18, 3pm
13,000 submissions later, @NatGeo announces their Travel Photographer of the Year:
Photo by @reiko.alice.takahashi, Winner of the 2018 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest // I was fortunate to have encountered a humpback whale with her calf on my first day snorkeling near Japan’s Kumejima Island. Most of the time, the calf stayed close to her mom. At one point, the calf began jumping and tapping its tail on the water near us—it was very friendly and curious. Finally, the mother, who was watching nearby, came to pick up the calf and swim away. I fell in love completely with the calf and it’s very energetic, large, and beautiful tail. Watch today’s Instagram story and visit natgeo.com/travelphotocontest to see all the winners.