2019 NANPA Fellow Sue Flood speaks at NANPA’s 2019 Nature Photography Summit.
Everybody loves penguins. Right? I mean who doesn’t smile when they see one of these birds awkwardly waddling along? Who doesn’t go “Awww” when seeing them with their young? But it’s not easy to photograph them. You have to go to remote, freezing, inhospitable places like the Weddell Sea or Antarctica. You have to be out in sub-zero temperatures in all kinds of weather. And, frankly, a large colony of sea birds doesn’t always smell very good.
In spite of it all, Sue Flood is one of a small number of photographers who come again and again (she’s taken more than fifty trips!) to the cold, harsh environments of the South Atlantic and Antarctica. And she’s a new NANPA Fellow, honored last month at NANPA’s 2019 Nature Photography Summit and Trade Show, where she was also a terrific keynote speaker.
The Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project interviews NANPA member Cindy Miller Hopkins.
What’s so special about a photo of five penguins? You could get that at a local zoo. Certainly, during NANPA member and travel and photographer Cindy Miller Hopkin’s trip last year to the far reaches of the South Atlantic, she had plenty of photos of penguins. But one shot, from off the South Sandwich Islands, turned out to be unique.
As she was editing and captioning her shots, Cindy noticed that there were five different species of penguins in one frame. That seemed unusual and she brought it to the attention of an ornithologist on the tour who told her he’d never seen an image with five species in the same place, at the same time. Further research revealed that no one else had either.