This week’s photo installment was going to be the People’s Choice winners! But, one of the winners was featured in volume 1 (A foraminifera catching and beginning to eat a copepod by Dr. Oscar Branson), so this installment instead contains the stories of the two other winner of the People’s Choice prizes, and then an writers choice photo! Enjoy.
People’s Choice Award for ‘Where We Go’
– Dr Jonathan Pownall (ARC DECRA Fellow in Structure Tectonics)
In November last year, I travelled to Arthur’s Pass National Park on New Zealand’s South Island. Walking from Arthur’s Pass Village—New Zealand’s highest settlement—I climbed for a few hours up Avalanche Peak, just above the snow line, where I was greeted by a number of Keas, the world’s only ‘Alpine’ parrots. I took a few photos, surprised by how close I was able to approach (I had only a wide-angle lens). And by how enthusiastically they were trying to destroy my rucksack, which I left on a nearby rock. I’d like to say that some level of skill was behind this photograph, but the truth is that it was just a lucky shot. A spilt second before I took the photo of the Kea on the right, it was scared by another Kea landing to the photo’s left, and burst into flight. The result: an amazing glimpse at the Keas’ fiery-orange outstretched wings amid the spectacular snow-capped Southern Alps.
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