Prize-Winning Photographer Describes Incredible Experience of Swimming with Whales (VIDEO)

Photographer Anuar Patjane won National Geographic’s 2015 Traveler Photo Contest for this stunning, black-and-white image titled “Whale Whisperers.” But what’s it like to swim underwater alongside the ocean’s largest mammals with camera in hand?

In the two-minute video below from Great Big Story, Patjane discusses this amazing experience. What’s particularly fascinating are Patjane’s first impressions of coming eye to eye with humpback whales.

And if you enjoyed this clip, check out another moving video we posted from Great Big Story, where a photographer who is losing his sight talks about how he has continued to create beautiful images through light painting.