Newborn Weddell Seal

ANIMAL PORTRAIT – Winner

This Weddell Seal, born within the previous 24 hours, survived the amazing feat of emerging from a cosy 37°C inside its mother to a bitter cold –25°C on the ice. With its dense fur and a belly full of warm rich milk, it begins to explore its world.

Sea ice near Mawson Station, Antarctica
Nikon D200, AF-S DX Nikkor 18–200mm f/3.5–5.6G ED VR lens, 1/1600, f8.0, ISO 200; handheld

by Gary Miller, Western Australia