A Lounging Humpback Whale and Her Newborn Garner Top Prize in International Photography Contest

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Photographer Jasmine Carey, of Australia, captured a heartwarming moment between a mother humpback whale and her baby as they relax in the waters of the Kingdom of Tonga. Titled “Essence of Life,” the underwater shot recently won the top prize in the 2020 HIPA contest. “As we floated and watched them, the sound of the rhythm (of rain) faded just a little and the ocean calmed just enough for the tranquil pair to rise up, meeting the light rays just starting to break through the surface,” Carey said.

The international contest features dozens of winning entries from photographers around the world, all with a central focus. “Water may be the oldest and the perfect companion of humankind. Not only [are] our bodies predominantly made of water, but water is a necessity within our daily lives. From nature to nurture to science and discovery; water is central to our universe,” organizers said.

In its ninth year, the contest, which formally is named the Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award, granted winning photographers a total of $450,000. Explore the full collection of photographs on Instagram. (via PetaPixel)

 

A Lounging Humpback Whale and Her Newborn Garner Top Prize in International Photography Contest

“A Journey Outside Our World,” Apratim Pal, of India

A Lounging Humpback Whale and Her Newborn Garner Top Prize in International Photography Contest

“The Downpour” by François Bogaerts, of Belgium

A Lounging Humpback Whale and Her Newborn Garner Top Prize in International Photography Contest

“Snow Monalisa,” Fahad Al Enezi, of Kuwait

A Lounging Humpback Whale and Her Newborn Garner Top Prize in International Photography Contest

“Spirituality of Colors,” Abdullah Alshathri, of Saudi Arabia

A Lounging Humpback Whale and Her Newborn Garner Top Prize in International Photography Contest

“King of the North,” Talal Al Rabah, of Kuwait

A Lounging Humpback Whale and Her Newborn Garner Top Prize in International Photography Contest

“One Soul Opposite Direction,” Rashed Al Sumaiti, of the UAE

A Lounging Humpback Whale and Her Newborn Garner Top Prize in International Photography Contest

“The Secret of Life,” Yousef Shakar Al Zaabi, of the UAE

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