Подборка лучших фотографий, опубликованных журналом National Geographic в 2015 году

Каждый день редакторы National Geographic получают тысячи снимков от фотографов всего мира. И только лучшим из лучших выпадает честь попасть на страницы этого знаменитого издания:

A line of elephants had just crossed the Chobe River on a hot day. As they relaxed by flicking cool sand on their backs, they were very aware to hide the youngest in the center of their grouping. For one moment though, this little one disguised in sand got through to give us a quick hello.

Whale Watch, Provincetown, Sept 19, 2015. My family and I were out in Cape Cod to celebrate my dad's 60th birthday, and we took a whale watch for the first time in a decade. This baby whale put on quite a show for us with his rolls and waving and eventually swam under the bow of the boat, then dove and gave me this beautiful shot as he went under. I asked God for help in taking good photos on this trip, and he gave me this one that I couldn't have imagined.

I've loved watching wildlife documentaries since I was a kid. One of nature's wonders that fascinated me the most was the annual return of Salmon to their birthplace for spawning...and the bears that live off of this phenomenon. To be able to see it happen in real life was just completely magical and struck a chord deep within. There were about 12 bears at the falls, but 6 that dominated the prime spots. It was peaceful between the bears as there was plenty of salmon to go around!

Centuries ago the Buginese and Makassarese people were famously known as the great sailorman. By using handmade wooden boat named Pinisi they explore the boundaries of the country even to Madagascar. Even today the lives of the people there are still familiar with the sea. I took this photo on an afternoon in The Port Paotere where childrens descendants of the great sailor playing in shipwreck.

An arctic fox in frozen willows.

Freediving session in Antarctica...not even cold!

Breathtaking view from Schwarzstockli (2293m) over this spectacular natural border of cantons of Glarus and St. Gallen, Switzerland, as seen on an Autumn weekend trek in early October 2015. All after being chased, caught up and left behind by that glorious mist that hopped from one valley to another, leaving me with this frame to awe at. The gathering of clouds.

A large, inquisitive and almost dangerously playful female Humpback whale calf measures me with her pectoral fin. This image was captured on a very wide fisheye lens, which doesnít quite show how close she really is. By measuring how close I am she can determine if her tail is going to come in contact with me as she swims past.

A warm and peaceful sunset above the fog at Mount Tamalpais, Northern California.

A baby giraffe seems to call the mother under an incredible sky full of sun rays.

A monk on his way home~