October 18, 2012
Credit: Paul Nicklen (Canada)/2012 Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Overall winner and underwater worlds winner: Bubble-jetting emperors by Paul Nicklen (Canada) This was the image Paul had been so hoping to get: a sunlit mass of emperor penguins charging upwards, leaving in their wake a crisscross of bubble trails. The location was near the emperor colony at the edge of the frozen area of the Ross Sea, Antarctica. It was into the only likely exit hole that he lowered himself. He then had to wait for the return of the penguins, crops full of icefish for their chicks. Paul locked his legs under the lip of the ice so he could remain motionless, breathing through a snorkel so as not to spook the penguins when they arrived. Then it came: a blast of birds from the depths. They were so fast that, with frozen fingers, framing and focus had to be instinctive

via Guardian

Credit: Paul Nicklen (Canada)/2012 Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Overall winner and underwater worlds winner: Bubble-jetting emperors by Paul Nicklen (Canada) This was the image Paul had been so hoping to get: a sunlit mass of emperor penguins charging upwards, leaving in their wake a crisscross of bubble trails. The location was near the emperor colony at the edge of the frozen area of the Ross Sea, Antarctica. It was into the only likely exit hole that he lowered himself. He then had to wait for the return of the penguins, crops full of icefish for their chicks. Paul locked his legs under the lip of the ice so he could remain motionless, breathing through a snorkel so as not to spook the penguins when they arrived. Then it came: a blast of birds from the depths. They were so fast that, with frozen fingers, framing and focus had to be instinctive

via Guardian

April 17, 2012

Credit:  Amos Chapple/Guardian

Life in the Iranian-Kurdish village of Palangan

A beautiful photo essay of life near the Iranian-Kurdish border. With all the anti-Iran rhetoric being bandied about, it’s easy to forget that there is a human face. 

via the Guardian’s Iran Blog 

April 12, 2012
Iran suspends Reuters over female ninjas headline

My favourite headline today 

via Guardian

March 29, 2012
Credit: Platon/Guardian
From The One That Got Away, where photographers showcased their worst shots and told the story behind the photo…

What I got was him trying to regain his composure. It’s the most sinister leer I’ve ever caught on film. It was a missed opportunity, in the sense that he was trying to gather himself. On the other hand, it gave me something I would never have expected. No one thinks of Ahmadinejad as a man with a hint of a smile.’

Credit: Platon/Guardian

From The One That Got Away, where photographers showcased their worst shots and told the story behind the photo…

What I got was him trying to regain his composure. It’s the most sinister leer I’ve ever caught on film. It was a missed opportunity, in the sense that he was trying to gather himself. On the other hand, it gave me something I would never have expected. No one thinks of Ahmadinejad as a man with a hint of a smile.’

March 16, 2012
Let Them Eat Cake - Visual comment of the day

Dave Brown Comment

Credit: Dave Brown/The Independent

My favourite cartoon from the British press this morning.

Comparisons to Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI were almost inevitable after the Guardian’s release of the Assad’s personal emails revealed that they were living a very sheltered, privileged life despite the conflict. 

Most have been particularly scathing in their treatment of Asma Al Assad; Cahal Milmo writes in today’s Independent 

a picture emerges of a woman closer in spirit to Imelda Marcos than the moderating counsellor to her husband’s excess that she might have been.

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