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    The weather was cloudy and the temperature of water was 2°C. Orcas push fish towards the coast as this makes them easier to catch. Our boat captain stopped near a school of herring. When I was in water, I saw that it was not deep, so it presented an opportunity to photograph with the light being reflected off the sand. I waited for 20 minutes in front of shoal of herring hoping to see an orca. Suddenly a humpback whale appeared. It was an amazing cold encounter!
    WHAT MAKES THIS PHOTO GREAT?
    Composition 18
    Lighting 9
    Creativity 8
    Story 12

    This is a beautiful moment. It is already hard to photograph a humpback whale in view of the bottom, but harder still to see small fish swimming away from her. The composition is beautiful with the circular motion, and the surface adds great texture and contrast.

    Enric Sala
    National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence