Chasing Lunch: “A baby black-tip reef shark swims through a swarm of silver sprats at lunch time in the lagoon of Mirihi Island in Maldives.” – Mohamed Shareef
A recent photograph by Mohamed Shareef, General Manager at Mirihi Island, Maldives has gone viral across established online publications such as The Washington Post, The Daily Mail and The Telegraph. National Geographic editors consider the entry one of the best and one of their TOP picks for the contest so far.
The photograph, which was entered into the Nature category of the contest, displays a single baby black-tip reef shark swimming through a swarm of sliver sprats in the Island’s crystal clear lagoon, where they learn how to feed in a nursery.
Mirihi Island is located in the South Ari Atoll, reachable from Velana International Airport on a 30-minute picturesque seaplane flight. After having been freshly renovated and reopened in December 2014, the small paradise combines modern and traditional elements with a new shine while still maintaining its unique Maldivian character.
Voting opens from June 11 – 15, on the NatGeo Travel website for you to choose your favorite photographs from each category. Voters will also be able to select the Peoples’ Choice winners. In addition to the prestigious title, the overall winner will also receive a grand prize of US$10,000 and be featured on NatGeo Travel Instagram.
Remember to vote for the iconic capture by Mohamed Shareef, General Manager at Mirihi Island as the National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year contest.