Paul Nicklen’s picture of emperor penguins in the Ross Sea, “Bubble-Jetting Penguins,” has won the 2012 Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. This is amazing, right? Apparently he captured it by “[lowering himself] into the only likely exit hole … wait[ing[ for the return of the penguins … [and lock[ing] his legs under the lip of the ice so he could remain motionless, breathing through a snorkel so as not to spook the penguins when they arrived.” Crazy, right?
You can see more of Nicklen’s penguin photos at National Geographic (they are UNBELIEVABLE), and check out all the winning photographs. The one with the shark fins is horrifying, but the sneaky tiger is adorable.
A Portrait of Iorek Byrnison as a Young Man.
OK not really. It’s “Young polar bears sparring in Svalbard.” Only slightly less thrilling, I know. This magnificent image is a National Geographic photo of the day, by Paul Nicklen. Click through to see it much bigger. Polar bears, am I right?