The photo of a pair of widowed penguins embracing was the best picture of the year

The year is coming to an end and it’s time to take stock. Recently, the winners of the competition for the best picture from the world of the ocean Ocean Photography Awards were announced. It was the photograph of Tobias Baumgartner, who captured a unique sight – a penguin and a penguin, who lost their mate and found solace in each other’s arms.

Like swans, maybe even more, penguins fall in love once in a lifetime. They may not spend much time with each other, but they remain faithful. And what if the other half dies? Science does not know the answer, but the photographer was more fortunate.

The gray penguin is an elderly female, the black penguin is a young male. Melbourne-based marine biologists who oversee the colony said they have recently been left alone. These two are not typical, they have not created a new couple, but it is obvious that they are comfortable in each other’s company. Unlike other penguins, they do not do useful things, but instead, like to sit in an embrace and look at the city lights.

The photographer said that he spent three nights taking just a few shots. He couldn’t use lights or flashes to scare the penguins, and he lay motionless for hours trying to catch the right moment. Well, we confirm – he did it!

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