GALLERY: National Geographic editors reveal top picks from travel photography competition early entries

PHOTO AND CAPTION BYRITA KLUGE/ 2019 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVEL PHOTO CONTESTOn my last day in Antarctica, I was posting my last video update, I heard what I was waiting for and documented what was to come. A leopard seal was feeding on a penguin ... Iwas in a 7mm free-diving suit to be more flexible to change positions quickly. A normal encounter would be 20 minutes or so and I wouldn't be too cold afterwards, but this day was different, as we swam with three different leopard seals—brrrr. I felt safebeing so close to the action with my team. Just amazing.
PHOTO AND CAPTION BYRITA KLUGE/ 2019 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVEL PHOTO CONTESTOn my last day in Antarctica, I was posting my last video update, I heard what I was waiting for and documented what was to come. A leopard seal was feeding on a penguin ... Iwas in a 7mm free-diving suit to be more flexible to change positions quickly. A normal encounter would be 20 minutes or so and I wouldn't be too cold afterwards, but this day was different, as we swam with three different leopard seals—brrrr. I felt safebeing so close to the action with my team. Just amazing.