Category: South America

Whale shark with a group of remora, Darwin’s Arch, Galapagos Islands.

Source: FabWeb

“This photo was taken the first evening of six that I spent at South Georgia Island. It captures a group of penguins on their way to the ocean to feed. As they approached, I knelt down, set the camera low to the ground, and waited for them to reach the spot I envisioned. King penguins are usually depicted as fairly placid, elegant creatures. This image presents a dynamic gang, seemingly with a leader, moving with a purpose. One can even see the articulation of their muscles. The cloudy mountains in the background enhance the sense of drama.” — Nature’s Best Photographer, Steve Gould

This picture is just begging to be photoshopped  Michael Bay-style, with a ‘Cool guys don’t look at explosions’ caption!

Source: Ocean Views 2012 Competition (Smithsonian)

The southern elephant seal is a truly restrained behemoth. Males can grow to be five times larger than females, up to 5,000 pounds. This elephant seal may look fierce, but he was simply yawning over and over in the wave-wash. This allowed me to try multiple ways of getting this impressive pose, including lying down in the water without disturbing him.” — Nature’s Best Photographer, Justin Hofman

I love this picture- the seal looks like he’s giving the photographer a jolly ‘Oh, you!’ kind of look.

Source: Ocean Views 2012 Competition (Smithsonian)


“This particular shark was just as curious as I was, which enabled me to capture such an amazing shot. His eye came just above the surface and stared back at me as if to show me he was watching, while below the surface his mouth opened to reveal his sharp teeth.” — Nature’s Best Photographer, Deano Cook

Source: Ocean Views 2012 Competition (Smithsonian)

Photo by Jessica Karcz,  NatGeo’s ‘Your Shot/Photo of the Day’.

“After snorkelling with my family in the breathtaking coral reefs of Roatan, Honduras, I sat outside the balcony of the cruise ship we were traveling on to admire the life and beauty of the ocean. I took the photo with a Nikon D3100 with an 18-55mm lens while the boat was lifting the anchors of the cruise ship just before we sailed away.”

Such beautiful colours in this photo! No idea if Karcz used a polarised lens filter, but you might want to invest in one if you’d like to make your seaside pictures pop.

High resolution wallpaper available to download at the source.

Source: NatGeo

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