2010 Photo Contest, Nature, Stories, 1st prize
Photographer

Paul Nicklen

National Geographic

06 November, 2008

Thousands of king penguins line a stream while molting.

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

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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