In addition to our category winners, we also wanted to highlight the amazing runners-up in each category! Like what you see? Be sure your next whale watch is with a Whale SENSE company!

Feeding Category – Beth Miller, American Princess Cruises

The sea was a stunning shade of blue, and the bunker were everywhere in black patches sparkling on the surface.

Tail Shot Category – John Wright, Rudee Tours

Humpback fluke waterfall just offshore of the North end of Virginia Beach

Mobile Phone Category – Justin Fuller, Rudee Tours

A lucky shot! A bottlenose dolphin came over to ride our wake while on a sunset dolphin watching cruise.

Breaching Category – Danielle Van Aken, Rudee Tours

Humpback whale breaching off Virginia Beach, Virginia

Non Marine Mammal Category – Kristin Rayfield, Rudee Tours

A red throated loon taking off while the sunset is reflected by the dreamy ocean conditions.

Many thanks again to everyone who submitted photos (they were all amazing!), shared the albums, and voted. We hope you will continue to spread the word about the Whale SENSE program and the importance of responsible wildlife viewing. As always, visit for more information.

Check out our other post announcing the winners for each category!

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