WPY 2011

Photograph Details

Specially commended 2011

Animals in their Environment

Ole Jørgen Liodden, Norway

Snow kings

The blizzards came about every 15 minutes. 'There would be a break in the wind, perhaps a ray of sun, then wham, another flurry of snow would hit,' says Ole. Not that this took him by surprise: it was his fourth trip to Antarctica, so he knew what to expect and the atmosphere he was looking for. This group of about 15 king penguins were heading back from fishing and up the beach to their colony on South Georgia to feed their chicks. Ole crouched down in the driving wind and waited for them. 'I used a comparatively slow shutter speed to catch the near-horizontal streaks of snow,' he says, as the penguins waddled by, taking no notice of him and pausing merely to shake the snow off their flippers.

Technical specification

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III + 24-70mm f2.8 lens; 1/320 sec at f11; ISO 400.

Salisbury plains, South Georgia: latitude -54.043, longitude -37.3509 Salisbury plains, South Georgia: latitude -54.043, longitude -37.3509

Salisbury plains, South Georgia

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Ole Jørgen Liodden, Norway

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