December 1st marks the 58th anniversary of the day the Antarctic Treaty was opened for signature, establishing Antarctica as a place of peace and international scientific exploration. To celebrate Antarctica Day 2017, we organised a photo competition, Antarctica Alive!. We encouraged to send in Antarctic photos for the two following categories:
- Antarctic teamwork in the field
- Antarctic fauna
The winners can be seen below:
Category: Antarctic teamwork in the field
1st Prize: Maria Monteiro, University of Waikato, New Zealand
December 2016, Lake Vanda in Wright Valley, McMurdo Dry Valleys - Sampling soil and microbial mats at Lake Vanda, Wright Valley
2nd Prize: Roseline C. Thakur, National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research, Goa, India
The pic was taken by me from the bridge of Ivan Papanin which was embarked at the ice shelf of East Antarctica which is around 100km from the second Indian station Maitri. The pic was taken during the summer (March) of 2014.
Description:Arduous teamwork of Indian Scientists and Logistic personnel on the ice shelf of east Antarctica to unload the cargo on the ice shelf and transport the necessary ration, fuel and scientific equipment to the permanent Indian base, Maitri, in vehicle convoys. The excellent coordination and hard work of the team ensures the sustenance of the Station and ensures the smooth functioning of the scientific activities throughout the harsh winter of this frozen continent.
"Antarctic fauna" category:
1st Prize: Stefano Ambroso, Institut de Ciencies del Mar Barcelona, Spain
Photo was taken the 3rd of January 2014 During Polarstern Expedition ANTXXIX/9 in the Weddell Sea
Description: Lobodon carcinophagus Crabeater Seal looking intensely the photographer!
2nd Prize: Angela Klemmedson, University of San Diego, United States
Neko Harbor, Western Antarctic Peninsula (December 2015)
Description: Gentoo penguins (Pygoscelis papua) basking in the glory of icebergs