The British Ecological Society announced the winners of its annual photography competition today (November 30), with the first place overall honoring an image of a lone adult penguin walking among hundreds of fuzzy chicks. The photographer, Chris Oosthuizen, a postdoc at the University of Pretoria, had been visiting Marion Island of the Prince Edward Islands to study seals and killer whales.
“Although the global population of king penguins is large, populations inhabiting islands around the Antarctic face an uncertain future. Global climate change may shift the oceanic fronts where they feed further away from breeding sites, forcing penguins to travel farther to reach their foraging grounds,” Oosthuizen says in a press release.
The winning pictures will be featured in a public exhibition in London in January.