20 Stunning Snaps From National Geographic's 2015 Traveler Photo Contest

With some 18,000 entries, the judging panel for the National Geographic 2015 Traveler Photo Contest had the monumental task of choosing just the final winners from four categories: travel portraits, outdoor scenes, sense of place, and spontaneous moments. Photographers from around the world sent in their prized snaps for a shot at claiming the winning spot, and this year, that title went to "Whale Whisperers" by Anuar Patjane, which shows divers with a humpback whale and her newborn calf at Roca Partida in Mexico's Revillagigedo Islands. Scroll down to see some of our other favorites.