17th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
At World's End

South Georgia is as wild as it gets, hundreds of thousands of penguins gather here for a true natural spectacle. It is however, a challenging place to photograph—how do you tell a singular story amidst the chaos? These three penguins were a gift—perched on a rock in the middle of a shallow pool, surrounded by their comrades and the dramatic peaks in the background, just as the light was breaking through. I suppose there was enough room for four on that rock as they did not mind my company, and allowed me to shoot this special scene on 24mm.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 11.2018
Date Uploaded: 06.2019
Photo Location: South Georgia Island, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
Camera: NIKON D850
Copyright: © Jonathan Lee
Photo of the Day: 10.04.20