Photo of the Year
National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year is announced, a contest celebrates photographic craftsmanship at all levels, from amateur to professional, around the world.
We left mermaids behind in the tales, but tales of modern days are anything but comforting. Titled “Mermaid”, the picture captures for a moment a young humpback whale calf, whose tail already bear the scars of a harsh world. Photographer Reiko Takashi’s picture of the calf’s scratched and scarred tail won among more than 13,000 entries, a reward for courage to quit her office job in pursuit of dreams. What’s special about the photograph, is that Reiko was able to take a photo of the calf, completely relaxed in gentle waters, revealing the story of a young whale that already have probably experienced too much.