Photo of the Day

June 27, 2017

Whale Watching

"Magic happened," says Your Shot photographer Christophe Lapeze about his trip to French Polynesia. "When [the whales] feel safe and unafraid, they can really come close to you. Strobes were not allowed but you don't need them," he remembers. "The contrast of the deep blue and the sunlight were enough: another photographer on the other side, the whale posing, a few bubbles out of his blow-hole, a short eye contact. Click! Fixed in my memory forever." This photo was submitted to Your Shot, our photo community on Instagram. Follow us on Instagram at @natgeoyourshot or visit us at for the latest submissions and news about the community.
Photograph by Christophe Lapeze, National Geographic Your Shot

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