Circle of Life, by Paige McInnes

This photograph was taken on a voyage to Antarctica in 2011. It depicts the fragility of life as a skua bird prepares to attack a group of baby gentoo penguins.

Circle of Life, by Paige McInnes

Sony DSC HX1 | Exposure 1/200 @ f/4 | Focal Length 23.2mm | ISO 125
Circle of Life, by Paige McInnes

Award Winner: Photo of the Day | February 15
Award Score: 68 (Value 13, Clarity 12.5, Composition 17, Style 12.5, Skill 13)
Photo of the Day Award Category: Wildlife Photography
Photograph Location: Antarctica

Photographer: Paige McInnes Registered
Paige has been involved in all facets of the Arts industry since graduating from her studies. Her career history includes working as a Graphic Operative for the Victoria Police Criminal Identification Squad, teaching art and craft, window dressing for Myer department store and designing for Swedish retail giant IKEA. In 2001 she established her own business, Page1Design, as a means to showcase & share her own creations. With a career primarily in law and emergency services she has worked in many pressured environments. As an escape from these demands, she turns to travel and the arts. Career breaks in 2003, 2005 and 2008 allowed her to travel and to experience new ways of living. She worked in hospitality in Scotland and as an au pair in Norway. She taught at a school in Sweden and tour-guided around Australia. These experiences reignited her passion for photography and were the inspiration for her exhibitions. This year Paige will undertake a new journey with her wedding in Thailand followed by a six-month round-the-world adventure. No doubt there will be more photos to share…

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14 reviews
  1. Shelly Carter
    Shelly Carter says:

    This is a life/death struggle. Yes, the penguins look more innocent as the bird swoops in. But, as in nature, all is not as it appears.

  2. Kathryn
    Kathryn says:

    Incredible image. Leaves me with a sense of anticipation and desire to see what happens next – as if I could just wait a moment and the image will shift to the next frame! Love it.

  3. Adrian Cooper
    Adrian Cooper says:

    Great lighting on such a ‘simple’ composition. The impending ‘harshness’ of this photo fires the imagination.

  4. M McGovern
    M McGovern says:

    The main scene is captivating and the muted background hints at a greater natural beauty beyond the life-and-death drama on the rocks. Lovely.

  5. Robin Murdoch
    Robin Murdoch says:

    Very moving – seeing the penguins looking up in innocence at the approaching bird, as if unaware of the impending danger. I love the way the motion of the Skua’s wings has been captured by the photographer.


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