I spent some time in Antarctica earlier this year and next to photographing landscapes, I couldn’t help but document the cute penguins. I quickly got addicted to photographing them as they’re just so nice to watch — the funny movements they make, the cute interactions they make with their little chicks, and even their funny way of walking.
I could sit there and just watch them for hours. Being on the islands of Antarctica with the penguins and other wildlife like the seals and especially the whales was just magical. The whole experience of being there was something unreal.
We went there during a time when there were many penguin chicks so I was able to photograph a lot of penguins with their chicks. Cuteness overload.
One week after I returned home, the highest temperature ever (18.3°C/65°F) was recorded. When I was there, the temperature was rather normal for summer (around 0-5°C). I do hope climate change will have a limited effect on Antarctica and its wildlife and that our future generations can still go there in the future to see this magical side of our planet.
I feel so blessed that I managed to do this trip before COVID-19 and I hope to be able to do it again next year. This ship has also been in the news because it’s currently stuck at Uruguay because of quarantine and people onboard having the virus.
About the author: Albert Dros is an award-winning Dutch photographer. The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author. His work has been published by some of the world’s biggest media channels, including TIME, The Huffington Post, The Daily Mail, and National Geographic. You can find more of his work on his website, or by following him on Facebook and Instagram.