PHOTOS: Best Wild Animal Pictures of 2009 Announced

 PHOTOS: Best Wild Animal Pictures of 2009 Announced
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Winner: Wild Places
"Big Fjord, Little Auks"

A flock of little auks give a sense of scale to the glacial landscape of northeast Greenland, where freshly calved icebergs loom from the mist.

Danish biologist Carsten Egevang captured the Arctic scene during a summer survey of seabird colonies at Scoresby Sund, the world's longest fjord. This and other winning pictures were announced October 22, 2009, at London's Natural History Museum, which co-owns the Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest with BBC Wildlife Magazine.

Egevang was treated each day to the spectacle of millions of little auks flying between their nesting sites and feeding grounds out at sea. "At times, the air was full of their calls," he said in a statement. "It's a sound that, for me, truly captures the sense of the Arctic."
— Photograph courtesy Carsten Egevang, Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2009
 
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