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Whale Whisperers, Mexico, 2015

A humpback whale and her newborn calf swim near Roca Partida, the smallest island of the Revillagigedo archipelago, off the Pacific coast of Mexico. During the mating season, the island waters are home to a large population of humpback whales, and are a popular diving destination.

The islands are volcanic and are themselves uninhabited, apart from a small naval presence. They were declared a biosphere reserve in 1994, and are currently under consideration as a UNESCO natural heritage site.

First Place Winner of the 2015 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year contest.

Location: Revillagigedo Islands, Mexico
Photograph Date: 2015
Medium: Chromogenic Print
Edition: 200

About the Photographer

Anuar Patjane Floriuk

I'm a social anthropologist and photographer born in Mexico. As long as I can remember, I've always had a special affinity towards photographs and cameras, but I don´t know the origin of this affinity.

I believe in pure and unlimited creative power and try to avoid all stereotypes regarding what I do with my camera and with the photographs I create. Each and every photograph is unique, unrepeatable and endless; so, should be their interpretations. I always look for images depicting strong meanings and emotions and do what I can to create visual stories with them, stories that show the power of empathy... stories that focus the attention into places and moments which usually escape unnoticed. I cannot photograph the staged, the arranged, I just can't. I need reality flowing, that is my element and that is what I enjoy photographing.

We cannot be just photographers, accountants, politicians or students anymore, our planet is reaching the point of no return and action from everyone is needed. Let's do what we can to revert our aggressive behavior and carelessness towards our own planet, let's use all in our reach to change our behavior once and for all.

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