19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Altered Images
Puffin in black and white with coloured beak

Me and my family were visitiing Iceland the first time and were heading to Vik y Myrdal to watch some of the cutest birds on earth. You get puffins at the rocks and cliffs in very different situations. I choose this photo because I realized while working in fields close to nature conservation, that the puffin is already a threatened species. Due to fishery, pollution, so in short terms human impact, population decreases significant. This picture , even the birds has no facial expression, feels like hope and fear together for an unknown future.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 08.2019
Date Uploaded: 11.2021
Photo Location: Vik y Myrdal, Iceland
Camera: NIKON D7500
Copyright: © Patrick Schwarzbach