Association of Polar Early Career Scientists


Thank you for all the great submissions to the APECS Antarctica Day Photo Contest 2017 Antarctica Alive! After all the votes are in, we are happy to announce the two winners in each category:


Category: Antarctic teamwork in the field 

1st Prize: Maria Monteiro, University of Waikato, New Zealand

December 2016, Lake Vanda in Wright Valley, McMurdo Dry Valleys - Sampling soil and microbial mats at Lake Vanda, Wright Valley

MariaMonteiro 2


2nd Prize: Roseline C. Thakur, National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research, Goa, India

The pic was taken by me from the bridge of Ivan Papanin which was embarked at the ice shelf of East Antarctica which is around 100km from the second Indian station Maitri. The pic was taken during the summer (March) of 2014.

Description:Arduous teamwork of Indian Scientists and Logistic personnel on the ice shelf of east Antarctica to unload the cargo on the ice shelf and transport the necessary ration, fuel and scientific equipment to the permanent Indian base, Maitri, in vehicle convoys. The excellent coordination and hard work of the team ensures the sustenance of the Station and ensures the smooth functioning of the scientific activities throughout the harsh winter of this frozen continent.

Roseline Thakur 1


"Antarctic fauna" category: 

1st Prize: Stefano Ambroso, Institut de Ciencies del Mar Barcelona, Spain

Photo was taken the 3rd of January 2014 During Polarstern Expedition ANTXXIX/9 in the Weddell Sea

Description: Lobodon carcinophagus Crabeater Seal looking intensely the photographer!

Stefano Ambroso


2nd Prize: Angela Klemmedson, University of San Diego, United States

Neko Harbor, Western Antarctic Peninsula (December 2015)

Description: Gentoo penguins (Pygoscelis papua) basking in the glory of icebergs

Angela Klemmedson



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