2010 Photo Contest, Nature, 1st prize

Paul Nicklen

National Geographic

07 November, 2008

South Georgia, Antarctica, is a 160-km-long arc of mountains and glaciers, half covered by snow and ice, half by rock and tundra-like vegetation.

A high density of krill (small, protein-rich crustaceans) in the surrounding seas helps make the island a haven for wildlife. Krill form a vital part of the Antarctic food chain but their own food source—phytoplankton growing on the underside of sea ice—is disappearing as ice cover shrinks.

About the photographer

Paul Nicklen

As a young boy, Paul Nicklen, a Canadian-born polar specialist and marine biologist, moved to Baffin Island and spent his childhood among the Inuit people. From them he learned t...

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