King Penguins, South Georgia Island, 2015

While on assignment in South Georgia, I stood, disbelievingly, before one of the greatest natural sights my eyes have ever seen: hundreds of thousands of King Penguins as far as the eye could see. I never knew such a place existed. My senses were overwhelmed with sights, sounds, and smells. How could a camera capture such a sight? I decided to focus on the detail…to zoom in with a long lens and compress the frenzy of the scene into one panorama filled with incredible penguin life. Where’s Waldo? Shot while on assignment for National Geographic.

Location: South Georgia Island
Photograph Date: 2015
Medium: Chromogenic Print
Edition: 200

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About the Photographer

Jonathan Irish

During his eight years on the National Geographic staff, photographer Jonathan Irish launched and directed the National Geographic Adventures program. He specializes in documenting adventure lifestyles, landscapes, and cultures abroad. Jonathan has photographed on all seven continents, and has shot a variety of assignments in Antarctica, Patagonia, and beyond. His photography has appeared in National Geographic and The New York Times, on BBC, CNN, and elsewhere. For the 2016 centennial of the U.S. National Park Service, Jonathan is on a year-long road trip with an Airstream visiting and photographing all 59 of America’s national parks.

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