2010 Photo Contest, Nature, 1st prize

Paul Nicklen

National Geographic

08 October, 2008

Gentoo and chinstrap penguins stand on the shore of Cooper Bay, South Georgia, Antarctica.

Chinstrap ranks were thinned by an outbreak of avian cholera in 2004. Numbers have been slow to recover. South Georgia 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 (protein-rich crustaceans) in the surrounding seas helps make the island a haven for wildlife.

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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