A shot of two widowed penguins appearing to comfort one another in Australia has been picked out as one of the winners in Oceanographic magazine’s Ocean Photography Awards.
German photographer Tobias Baumgaertner took the photo in Melbourne, Australia.
He was told that the two penguins had recently lost their partners and often appeared to be comforting each other.
The photographer won the magazine’s Community Choice Award.
St Kilda Pier in Melbourne has a colony of around 1,400 fairy penguins, the smallest penguin species with an average height of just 33cm (13 inches). The colony is monitored by volunteers.
“Since then they meet regularly, comforting each other and standing together for hours watching the dancing lights of the nearby city.”