18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
A Changing Landscape

I shot this photo high up above the captains bridge on our ship the MS Expedition. It was taken on Antarctica's hottest day in recorded history. All around us we had rapidly melting glaciers, panting penguins and uncomfortable seals. I felt this photo showed the fragile relationship the wildlife of Antarctica has with its climate.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 02.2020
Date Uploaded: 09.2020
Photo Location: Antarctica
Camera: Canon EOS 5DS R
Copyright: © Derek Nielsen
Photo of the Day: 05.31.21