A photo showing two widowed penguins comforting each other while staring into the distance at Melbourne’s St. Kilda Pier has bagged a prize at Oceanographic magazine’s Ocean Photograph Awards 2020.
The photo, which was taken by Tobias Baumgaertner in Melbourne, won the Community Choice award.
Tobias took to Instagram to share the picture and the story as well. He added that he had spent three full nights to capture the perfect picture.
He wrote- During times like this the truly lucky ones are those that can be with the person/people they love most. I captured this moment about a year ago. These two Fairy penguins poised upon a rock overlooking the Melbourne skyline were standing there for hours, flipper in flipper, watching the sparkling lights of the skyline and ocean. 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. Since then they meet regularly comforting each other and standing together for hours watching the dancing lights of the nearby city. I spend 3 full nights with this penguin colony until I was able to get this picture. 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 but i got lucky during one beautiful moment. I hope you enjoy this moment as much as I did. #lovewillalwayswin • 📸 @tobiasvisuals •Shot on Nikon Z6, Nikkor 50mm 1.4, ISO 8000, 50mm, f/1.4, 1/60 sec
Feature image courtesy- Tobias/Instagram