2010 Photo Contest, Nature, 1st prize

Paul Nicklen

National Geographic

30 October, 2008

A light-mantled sooty albatross looks down on Gold Harbour, South Georgia, Antarctica. Adults take turns incubating eggs while their partner is at sea feeding on krill. In 1985, this shore was covered by a glacier, which has since retreated inland.

South Georgia is half covered by snow and ice, half by rock and tundra. 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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