After having a look through hundreds and hundreds of photos, National Geographic‘s judges selected the winning shots for their best travel photographer of the year’s competition 2018.

The first prize was awarded to photographer Reiko Takahashi for her beautiful shot of a humpback calf taken on the outskirts of Kumejima Island in Japan during a snorkeling session. Several other pictures, divided into three categories (Cities, Nature, and People) were rewarded by honorable mentions or by the people’s choice price. You can discover some of the amazing winning shots below.