USS Staten Island (AGB-5). Temporarily stalled by pressure ice in the Ross Sea, during Antarctic operations, 9 December 1958. Note Adelie penguins in the foreground. NHHC Photograph Collection, NH 99297.
Frozen moment. Winner. Paul was not the only mammal lying patiently in wait on the edge of the Ross Sea, Antarctica, to greet the explosion of emperor penguins. Leopard seals measuring up to three and a half metres long were almost certainly lurking at the edge of the ice ready to grab a meal. Credit: Paul Nicklen (Canada)/ Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012/Paul Nicklen (Canada)/ Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012