photo by Ilona Szwarc
Third Prize, Observed Portraits. Feb. 19, 2012, Boston
American Girl is a popular line of dolls that can be customized to look exactly like their owners. Kayla poses with her look-alike doll against a portrait of her ancestors.
Slate recently featured some of the winning photos from the 56th annual World Press Photo competition, which were announced in Amsterdam on February 15, 2013. The World Press Photo of the Year went to Paul Hansen for his “Gaza Burial” photograph which shows two young brothers who were killed when their home was destroyed by an Israeli missile strike. A full list of winners and their winning images can be found at the competition’s website. Over 5,600 photographers entered the contest which saw over 100,000 image submissions.
photo by Paul Nicklen
First Prize, Nature. Nov. 18, 2011, Ross Sea, Antarctica.
Even though they have evolved an incredibly advanced bubble physiology, the greatest challenge they face is the loss of sea ice that supports their colonies and ecosystem. New science shows that emperor penguins are capable of tripling their swimming speed by releasing millions of bubbles from their feathers. These bubbles reduce the friction between their feathers and the icy seawater, allowing them to accelerate in the water. They use speeds of up to 30 kilometers per hour to avoid leopard seals and to launch themselves up onto the ice.