Penguin

Contest Info

  • Started: 8/29/2009 13:00
  • Ended: 9/4/2009 17:00
  • Level: apprentice
  • Entries: 13
  • Jackpot:
  • FN Apprentice 1st Place $1.5
  • FN Apprentice 2nd Place $0.9
  • FN Apprentice 3rd Place $0.6
  • FN Apprentice 4th Place $0.3
Penguin
Contest Directions: Photoshop this penguin image (click to download) any way you wish. Some examples are: dressing us this penguin, merging it with other animals or objects, putting the penguin into some unusual environment, using this penguin image in advertisements, movies, paintings, etc. These are just some ideas.
You have 4 days to submit your entry. Submitting it early will give you plenty of time to read the critique comments and edit your image accordingly.
Many thanks to Trine de Florie and Stock Exchange for providing the source photo.

Contest Info

    • Started: 8/29/2009 13:00
    • Ended: 9/4/2009 17:00
    • Level: apprentice
    • Entries: 13
    • Jackpot:
    • FN Apprentice 1st Place $1.5
    • FN Apprentice 2nd Place $0.9
    • FN Apprentice 3rd Place $0.6
    • FN Apprentice 4th Place $0.3
13 pictures
  • Rocket Penguin Ready For Takeoff

    Rocket Penguin Ready For Takeoff
  • Real Penguin in Batman Movie

    Real Penguin in Batman Movie
  • Penguins Surfing in Antarctica

    Penguins Surfing in Antarctica
  • Child Watching Diver in Hidden Room

    Child Watching Diver in Hidden Room
  • Crazy Penguins on the Ice

    Crazy Penguins on the Ice
  • Penguin Ski Jump

    Penguin Ski Jump
  • Penguin Attacked by Octopus

    Penguin Attacked by Octopus
  • Penguin Hula School

    Penguin Hula School
  • Penguin on Graduation day

    Penguin on Graduation day
  • Framed Penguins

    Framed Penguins
13 image entries
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This contest is fueled by the following news: Adelie Penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae): Penguins are obtained this for their name due to the wife of JD d'Urville, the French Commander of the Antarctic Expedition, who wanted to immortalize the name of his loved wife. The height of this penguin species reaches up to 70 cms and weight - around 6 kg. Adelie have bluish-black "dress coats" and have visible snow-white rings around their eyes. From March till October, these penguins stay in the open sea and often - hundreds of kilometers away from land. Then, driven by the mating instinct, these penguins undertake long journeys to reach the Antarctic coast or close to the mainland - South Shetland, Sandwich and Orkeny islands. Young male penguins reach the meeting place not "empty handed" to meet the chose female penguin - on their way from almost bare Antarctic rocks, they collect the most beautiful, according to their opinion, pebbles, which are treated as treasure by the female penguins. After choosing the intended female, the male penguin makes a deep bow and places the gift before her. If the female penguin moves towards the gift - then "match making" is complete. After this, they together dig a small pit and cover it with small stones. After an interval of 3-4 days, the female lays two eggs. Brooding continues for 35 days. After brooding period, one of the parent takes care of the eggs in turns while the other finds food in sea. Spectacled Penguin (Spheniscus demersus): It is called a donkey due to its loud and unpleasant voice. Height - up to 70 cm, weight - 3 kg. Numbers reach up to 170 000 pairs. It is the only species found on the coasts of South Africa. Gentoo penguins (Pygoscelis papua): These birds are distinguished by a white stripe running vertically from eye to eye. While they never inhabited New Guinea, the name "Papuan" was zoologically given to them by the naturalist Forster, a colleague of Cook. Gentoo penguins grow up to a height of 75 cm, weight - 6.5 kg. They spend most of the life in water. They build nests on Antarctic and sub-Antarctic islands. The incubation of two chicks is done by both male and female penguins in turns in the nest, which immediately start leading independent lives after the moulting process. Penguins were found more frequently on the beaches of southern Brazil as well as in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro states. According to some reports, penguins were even found in the sub-equatorial waters of Bahia, in the north-eastern Brazilian state. Penguins reach tropical waters from Argentine's Patagonia, where they form large colonies. Straying from their groups, the offspring are picked up by the powerful Malvinas current that brings them to the Brazilian coasts. The record distance that penguins traverse, goes up to 5000 miles, hence most birds reach the beaches of Brazil in a hungry and weak state and many die too along the way. Experts recommend seeking professional help if penguins are found. "Many make attempts to take the penguins home or put them on ice, naively believing that this is exactly what is required" - explains Tiago Muniz, a veterinary doctor of the zoo of Niteroi (Rio de Janeiro). He also advises against feeding sea birds and giving them a bath in home conditions. If handled properly in specialized departments of zoos, penguins are return to their natural habitats after a few weeks of rehabilitation. In ancient times, penguins inhabited the tropics. Fossils of a gigantic penguin, which died around 36 million years back, were found in Peru. Presently, the existence of penguins is under threat due to the melting of Antarctic ice, which led to the reduction in number of suitable nesting sites as well as the reduction in food resources available to penguins. Ancient penguins lived in tropics: A research team from North Carolina State University, USA, discovered the fossils of a gigantic penguin, which inhabited the tropics about 36 million years ago, reports BBC News. The fossilized skeleton of the penguin was found on the territory of present-day Peru, in the Ica area on the southern coast of the country. The report, published in the U.S. journal "Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences" contains the details about the discovery of researchers. The penguin Icadyptes salasi with a height of 1.5 meters is not similar to its present-day representatives. Unlike them, it has a long elongated skull and a long spear-point bill. The well preserved skeleton of the animal was found along with fossils of at least four other species of penguins, which were not known to science and each of them clearly preferred the tropics over cold climates. Penguins exist in our times too, for instance, African or Galapagos, which preferred warmer waters than their counterparts in the southern seas and Antarctica. However, according to researchers, they appeared relatively recently with respect to the penguin, whose fossils were found in Peru. According to Dr. Julia Clarke, member of the team, there existed a hypothesis that penguins reached tropical latitudes relatively recently, after two ice ages in the history of the Earth. One of them was about 34 million years ago in the Eocene-Oligocene era and the other - much nearer to our time, 15 million years ago. Dr. Clarke states that now it is actually established that penguins appeared much earlier in tropical regions.