A shot of two widowed penguins appearing to comfort one another in Australia has been picked out as a winner in Oceanographic magazine’s Ocean Photograph Awards.
Tobias Baumgaertner was the photographer that took the photo in Melbourne. He was told that the two penguins had recently lost their partners and often appeared to be comforting each other.
He won the magazine’s Community Choice Award England’s Big Picture: Best of 2020, Your pictures on the theme of ‘my 2020’
“A volunteer approached me and told me that the white one was an elderly lady who had lost her partner and apparently so did the younger male to the left,” Mr Baumgaertner wrote on Instagram.
“Since then they meet regularly, comforting each other and standing together for hours watching the dancing lights of the nearby city.”
The photographer spent three nights with the penguin colony before being able to catch this photo, he said.
“Between not being able or allowed to use any lights and the tiny penguins continuously moving, rubbing their flippers on each other’s backs and cleaning one another, it was really hard to get a shot,” he said.
“But I got lucky during one beautiful moment.”