A heart-warming picture of two penguins hugging each other has bagged the photographer the top prize at the Ocean Photograph Awards 2020.
This endearing image was shot by Tobias Baumgaertner, which shows two fairy penguins embracing each other while looking at the skyline ahead.
“These two Fairy penguins poised upon a rock overlooking the Melbourne skyline were standing there for hours, flipper in flipper, watching the sparkling lights of the skyline and ocean,” he wrote on Instagram.
Originally posted in March, Baumgaertner had written that a volunteer approached him and told him that the white penguin was an elderly lady who had lost her partner, and apparently, so did the younger male penguin on the left.
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“Since then they meet regularly comforting each other and standing together for hours watching the dancing lights of the nearby city. I spend 3 full nights with this penguin colony until I was able to get this picture,” he wrote on his Instagram.
The photo that made Baumgaertner win in the Community Choice Award category of the Oceanographic Magazine honors has thence been making rounds on all social media platforms – not because of the sheer cuteness, but because of its dewy-eyed backstory.