In the islands of Tonga, he is giving people the rare opportunity to swim, snorkel, and free-dive with nature’s gentle giants by organizing his ‘Dance With Whales‘ trips.
According to him, the majestic humpback whales come to Vava’u Tonga to mate and have babies once a year. This is when people are able to gently admire them in nature before the sea creatures set off into the vast ocean.
Iliya has a number of accolades and impressive achievements, including winning 1st place as National Geographic’s photographer of the year in 2017 in the landscape category for this awe-striking picture:
In 2021, he won the Marine Conservation of the Year Award in the Underwater Photographer of the Year competition.
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