Several bird photos were among the finalists for this year's Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year award, but according to the Daily Mail, the well-deserved winner is an astonishing shot of Emperor penguins swimming underwater in Antarctica's Ross Sea. Canadian photographer Paul Nicklen took this year's honors.
The competition is sponsored by the Natural History Museum in London, and an exhibit of the winning photos will tour nationally and internationally for several months. If you won't get a chance to see these photos in person, you can browse an online gallery of all the winning wildlife photographs.
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