A Humpback calf emerged from the deep blue ocean below. One eye firmly fixed on me, it slowly crept closer like a torpedo in slow motion. As it grew large in my viewfinder I realised there were only a few inches between me and the young calf as it broke the surface to take a breath.

Tonga, South Pacific

Canon 5D MkII, 17–40mm f/4L lens, 1/200, f8, ISO 200

by Scott Portelli, New South Wales