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The internationally awarded nature photographer Stefan Christmann spent two polar winters as close to the emperor penguins of Antarctica as no one ever before. In over 120 emotional and intimate images, he shows the deep bonds that penguins build with one another: their common fight against the cold, the loving upbringing of their chicks, always in contrast to the harsh and merciless icy desert of Antarctica.

In personal narrations on over 200 pages, Christmann tells stories from the everyday life of the animals. Stories of life and survival, of birth, love and companionship at the end of the world.

“Penguin (A Story of Survival)” tells the incredible story of a charismatic bird that cannot fly and walks funny, but has still managed to create a home in one of the most hostile habitats on planet Earth.

Naturepl is proud to have been involved in this book's creation: from pitching the idea at the Frankfurt Book Fair to helping with the text just before it went to print.

Published by teNeues Media, Nov 2020.
Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri), two males, one brooding young chick, the other incubating hatching egg. Atka Bay, Antarctica. August. Series 4/4.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri), two males, one brooding young chick, the other incubating hatching egg. Atka Bay, Antarctica. August. Series 4/4.
Emperor penguins (Aptenodytes fosteri) in courtship, Antarctica. Bookplate.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Emperor penguins (Aptenodytes fosteri) in courtship, Antarctica. Bookplate.
Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) pair re-affirming their bond, Atka Bay, Antarctica. October. Bookplate.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) pair re-affirming their bond, Atka Bay, Antarctica. October. Bookplate.
Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri), two males, one with hatching egg, the other with young chick. Atka Bay, Antarctica. August. Winner of the Bird Category of the GDT Nature Photographer of the Ye...  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri), two males, one with hatching egg, the other with young chick. Atka Bay, Antarctica. August. Winner of the Bird Category of the GDT Nature Photographer of the Ye...
Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) egg hatching on father's feet. Atka Bay, Antarctica. August. Winner of the Portfolio category of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards 2019.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) egg hatching on father's feet. Atka Bay, Antarctica. August. Winner of the Portfolio category of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards 2019.
Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) chick looking upwards to parents beak. Atka Bay, Antarctica. August. Winner of the Portfolio category of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards 2019.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) chick looking upwards to parents beak. Atka Bay, Antarctica. August. Winner of the Portfolio category of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards 2019.
Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) colony huddled together under the Southern Lights, Aurora australis, Atka Bay, Antarctica. September.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) colony huddled together under the Southern Lights, Aurora australis, Atka Bay, Antarctica. September.
Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) colony, males huddling whilst incubating eggs. Atka Bay, Antarctica. July. Winner of the Portfolio category of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards 2019.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) colony, males huddling whilst incubating eggs. Atka Bay, Antarctica. July. Winner of the Portfolio category of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards 2019.
Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) colony with with creche of huddling chicks, Atka Bay, Queen Maud Land, Antarctica. October.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) colony with with creche of huddling chicks, Atka Bay, Queen Maud Land, Antarctica. October.
Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) chicks in snow, Atka Bay, Queen Maud Land, Antarctica. October.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) chicks in snow, Atka Bay, Queen Maud Land, Antarctica. October.
Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) on sea ice at sunrise. Atka Bay, Antarctica. May 2017.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) on sea ice at sunrise. Atka Bay, Antarctica. May 2017.
Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) walking across crack in sea ice during return to breeding colony. Atka Bay, Antarctica. April.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) walking across crack in sea ice during return to breeding colony. Atka Bay, Antarctica. April.
Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) group clambering up slope during journey to bring back food for young. Atka Bay, Antarctica. September.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) group clambering up slope during journey to bring back food for young. Atka Bay, Antarctica. September.
Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri), two chicks aged six to eight weeks brooding on parents' feet, one vocalising. Atka Bay, Antarctica. September.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri), two chicks aged six to eight weeks brooding on parents' feet, one vocalising. Atka Bay, Antarctica. September.
Emperor penguins (Aptenodytes fosteri) standing in snow drift, Atka Bay, Antarctica. October. Bookplate.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Emperor penguins (Aptenodytes fosteri) standing in snow drift, Atka Bay, Antarctica. October. Bookplate.
Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) and chicks dead and frozen in ice after a snowstorm, Atka Bay, Antarctica. November. Bookplate.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) and chicks dead and frozen in ice after a snowstorm, Atka Bay, Antarctica. November. Bookplate.
Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) dead newly-hatched chick, Atka Bay, Antarctica. August. Bookplate.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) dead newly-hatched chick, Atka Bay, Antarctica. August. Bookplate.
Silhouette of two Emperor penguins (Aptenodytes forsteri) walking during polar night, Atka Bay, Antarctica. August. Bookplate.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Silhouette of two Emperor penguins (Aptenodytes forsteri) walking during polar night, Atka Bay, Antarctica. August. Bookplate.
Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) father with his newly-hatched chick which is begging for food, Atka Bay, Antarctica. August. Bookplate.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) father with his newly-hatched chick which is begging for food, Atka Bay, Antarctica. August. Bookplate.
Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) father checking on the egg on his feet while on the edge of the huddle, Atka Bay, Antarctica. July. Bookplate.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) father checking on the egg on his feet while on the edge of the huddle, Atka Bay, Antarctica. July. Bookplate.
Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) pair courting, Atka Bay, Antarctica. Bookplate.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) pair courting, Atka Bay, Antarctica. Bookplate.
Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) pair courting, Atka Bay, Antarctica. Bookplate.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) pair courting, Atka Bay, Antarctica. Bookplate.
Sastrugi formed by snow drifts over the ice, Atka Bay, Antarctica. November. Bookplate.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Sastrugi formed by snow drifts over the ice, Atka Bay, Antarctica. November. Bookplate.
Aurora australis display over the ice, Atka Bay, Antarctica. March. Bookplate.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Aurora australis display over the ice, Atka Bay, Antarctica. March. Bookplate.
Snowdrift moving across the icy ground at sunset, Atka Bay, Antarctica. September. Bookplate.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Snowdrift moving across the icy ground at sunset, Atka Bay, Antarctica. September. Bookplate.
Flat expanse of ice and a cloudy sky, Atka Bay, Antarctica. August 2012. Bookplate.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Flat expanse of ice and a cloudy sky, Atka Bay, Antarctica. August 2012. Bookplate.
Ekstrom Ice Shelf, at dusk, Antarctica. Bookplate.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Ekstrom Ice Shelf, at dusk, Antarctica. Bookplate.
Ekstrom Ice Shelf, at dusk, Antarctica. June 2012. Bookplate.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Ekstrom Ice Shelf, at dusk, Antarctica. June 2012. Bookplate.
View of Atka Bay freezing. Pressure ridges visible where ice sheets collide as they freeze. Antarctica. March 2012. Bookplate.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / View of Atka Bay freezing. Pressure ridges visible where ice sheets collide as they freeze. Antarctica. March 2012. Bookplate.
Drifts of snow around glacier, Atka Bay, Queen Maud Land, Antarctica. October 2017.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Drifts of snow around glacier, Atka Bay, Queen Maud Land, Antarctica. October 2017.
Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) tracks in snow, Atka Bay, Queen Maud Land, Antarctica. October.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) tracks in snow, Atka Bay, Queen Maud Land, Antarctica. October.
Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) group walking on glacier, Atka Bay, Queen Maud Land, Antarctica. October.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) group walking on glacier, Atka Bay, Queen Maud Land, Antarctica. October.
Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) dead chick in snow, Atka Bay, Queen Maud Land, Antarctica. October.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) dead chick in snow, Atka Bay, Queen Maud Land, Antarctica. October.
Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) colony with chicks, Atka Bay, Queen Maud Land, Antarctica. October.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) colony with chicks, Atka Bay, Queen Maud Land, Antarctica. October.
Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) colony with chicks, Atka Bay, Queen Maud Land, Antarctica. October.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) colony with chicks, Atka Bay, Queen Maud Land, Antarctica. October.
Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) males in breeding colony silhouetted against sky during polar night. Atka Bay, Antarctica. July.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) males in breeding colony silhouetted against sky during polar night. Atka Bay, Antarctica. July.
Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) colony, males incubating eggs, huddling under clear sky during polar night. Atka Bay, Antarctica. July 2017.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) colony, males incubating eggs, huddling under clear sky during polar night. Atka Bay, Antarctica. July 2017.
Formations in sea ice at full moon, during polar night. Atka Bay, Antarctica. July 2017.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Formations in sea ice at full moon, during polar night. Atka Bay, Antarctica. July 2017.
Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) chick aged a few days begging. Atka Bay, Antarctica. August.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) chick aged a few days begging. Atka Bay, Antarctica. August.
Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) footprints on sea ice. Atka Bay, Antarctica. August.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) footprints on sea ice. Atka Bay, Antarctica. August.
Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) standing in front of huddling breeding colony. Atka Bay, Antarctica. August 2017.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) standing in front of huddling breeding colony. Atka Bay, Antarctica. August 2017.
Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) tracks in snow, during polar night. Atka Bay, Antarctica. June.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) tracks in snow, during polar night. Atka Bay, Antarctica. June.
Iceberg amongst sea ice, at first light, at the end of polar night. Atka Bay, Antarctica. July 2017.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Iceberg amongst sea ice, at first light, at the end of polar night. Atka Bay, Antarctica. July 2017.
Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) pair mating on sea ice. Atka Bay, Antarctica. May. Sequence 1/4.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) pair mating on sea ice. Atka Bay, Antarctica. May. Sequence 1/4.
Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri), many standing in breeding colony. Atka Bay, Antarctica. May 2017.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri), many standing in breeding colony. Atka Bay, Antarctica. May 2017.
Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) pair mating on sea ice. Atka Bay, Antarctica. May. Winner of the Portfolio category of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards 2019.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) pair mating on sea ice. Atka Bay, Antarctica. May. Winner of the Portfolio category of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards 2019.
Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) female laying egg. Atka Bay, Antarctica. June. Sequence 2/5.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) female laying egg. Atka Bay, Antarctica. June. Sequence 2/5.
Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri), recently laid egg incubating on feet. Atka Bay, Antarctica. June. Highly commened in the Polar Passion category of  Nature’s Best Photography Competition.  -  Stefan Christmann
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Stefan Christmann / Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri), recently laid egg incubating on feet. Atka Bay, Antarctica. June. Highly commened in the Polar Passion category of Nature’s Best Photography Competition.
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