To The Sea, South Georgia Island, 2015

At first glance, I didn’t believe it either. Sure, the penguins in the foreground were easy to see, and an amazing sight unto themselves. But the distant hillside looked like it was filled with rocks, or some other material. But at closer inspection, much to my surprise, those rocks in between the green grasses of the surrounding hills were not rocks at all, but King Penguins. From sea to summit, the breeding pairs of King Penguins were too numerous in number to count. I raised the camera to my face and clicked, hoping it could capture the incredible detail my eyes were seeing. Shot while on assignment for National Geographic.

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

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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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