2016 Photo Contest, Daily Life, Stories, 1st prize

An Antarctic Advantage

Photographer

Daniel Berehulak

The New York Times

07 December, 2015

A member of a German research team counts penguin species and pairs, as part of ongoing research on Ardley Island, on the Fildes Peninsula, an Antarctic Specially Protected Area because of its bird life.

A number of countries, including Chile, Poland and Russia, have set up scientific stations on King George Island in the Antarctic. By the Antarctic Treaty, which came into force in 1961, Antarctica was set aside as a scientific preserve, with freedom of investigation and free intellectual exchange. No country may exploit mineral resources or exert territorial claims. The treaty is currently in force until 2048, but a number of countries have an eye on asserting greater influence before the renewal date. Some are looking to the strategic and commercial possibilities that exist right now, such as iceberg harvesting (Antarctica is estimated to have the biggest reserves of fresh water on the planet), krill fishing, and expanding global navigation abilities.

About

Daniel Berehulak

A native of Sydney, Australia, and a regular contributor to The New York Times, he has visited more than 60 countries covering history-shaping events, including the Iraq and Afgh...

Technical information

Shutter Speed
1/640
Focal length
26.0 mm
F-Stop
14.0
ISO
800

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