Penguins

Contest Info

  • Started: 4/12/2009 00:00
  • Ended: 4/16/2009 03:00
  • Level: apprentice
  • Entries: 11
  • 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
Penguins
Contest Directions: Photoshop this penguin image (click to download) any way you wish. Some examples are: dressing up these penguins, merging the penguins with other animals, using this penguin image in advertisements, movies, paintings, putting the penguins into some unusual environment. These are just some ideas.
Many thanks to Chris Chidsey and Stock Exchange for providing the source image.

Contest Info

    • Started: 4/12/2009 00:00
    • Ended: 4/16/2009 03:00
    • Level: apprentice
    • Entries: 11
    • 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
This gallery only contains our top 10 selections from its parent contest Penguins. All 11 contest pictures can be viewed here.
  • Penguins on Holiday

    Penguins on Holiday
  • Dressed Up Penguins Going to Movie

    Dressed Up Penguins Going to Movie
  • Swiss Cheese Penguins

    Swiss Cheese Penguins
  • Pineapple Penguins

    Pineapple Penguins
  • Penguin and His House

    Penguin and His House
  • Penguins on an Iceburg at Night

    Penguins on an Iceburg at Night
  • Flying Penguin

    Flying Penguin
  • Penguins in Lion Enclosure

    Penguins in Lion Enclosure
  • Penguin Family Outing

    Penguin Family Outing
  • Penguins on Ice

    Penguins on Ice
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This contest is fueled by the following news: Brazil started sending back the penguins, which sailed on knocked-off blocks of ice, to Antarctica. Even today, 150 penguins are being sent to their natural habitat. The scientific research vessel "Ari Rongel" of the Brazilian navy shall take the subsequent batch, consisting of 30 penguins, to Antarctica. Before the journey, all the penguins have undergone a veterinary check-up: so that the birds could undertake the journey without problems and so that the birds should have waterproof feathers and healthy lungs. For swimming, penguins can use salt water pools and fish fillets are given four times a day to the penguins. However, many penguins were not lucky enough to reach the natural habitat, which are the Patagonia and Strait of Magellan, that separates South America and Antarctica. Although penguins inhabited the tropical regions in ancient times, the Brazilian climate is extremely hot for penguins and many of them die even while waiting to be sent home. Not long ago, scores of penguins were found dead on a kilometer stretch of Sao Paulo beach. Altogether, more than 800 penguins were found dead in the current year on the São Paulo coast. Penguins were even found in the sub-equatorial waters of Bahia, north-eastern Brazilian state. Penguins reach tropical waters in the following manner: Straying from their groups, the offspring are picked up by the powerful Malvinas current and 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. Today, global warming is seen as main threat to the existence of penguins. Melting of Antarctic ice led to reduction in number of suitable nesting sites as well as reduction in food resources, available to penguins. At least four species of penguins are facing the risk of disappearing from Earth: Emperor penguin (largest penguin in the world), Gentoo, Adelie and Antarctic penguins. Five species of penguins inhabit the sub-Antarctic tips of continent & islands. Six species are found in moderate zone and three species in subtropical and relic penguins - in the tropics and Galapagos. But penguins have not reached the northern hemisphere. It is evident that the entire genus depends on cold, food-rich branches of Antarctic streams. The wings of penguins changed & transformed into flippers most likely because there were no predators like polar bears and Arctic foxes on the Antarctic continent. The food preying method lead to the fact that penguins became sea creatures with muscular, almost inarticulate wings, adapted for swimming with shorter legs and scaly covering. The backbone of penguins is massive, making it easier to dive to greater depths, then the bones of flying birds which are hollow. Penguins have salt excreting glands, thanks to which, the penguins can drink saline water in any quantity. Like all animals, penguins also have enemies. In the sea, the penguins have threats from killer whales, sea lions and leopard seals. The constant caution and ability to swim quickly are the only things which help penguins save their lives : in exceptional cases, penguins are capable of swimming at 50km/hr! Presently, man ceases to be a threat to penguins as it was earlier, when man had economic interests. After the heavy blood letting of the 19th century, penguin colonies were completely restored. However, scientists have ascertained that biocides have now reached Antarctic Sea. Oil, spilled in seas, kill hundreds of thousands of penguins. Air jets from propellers of heavy helicopters, used by polar explorers, break thousands of eggs, throw down the chicks and adult penguins from rocks and blocks of ice. In McMurdo strait, track-type tractors pass directly through the colony of emperor penguins. Vehicles, moving on the roads, disturb Magellanic penguins on the southern tip of South America and spectacled penguins in south of Africa. In the Falkland Islands, sheep herding is destroying the tussock bushes, the food of penguins. Generation after generation, penguins are following the same pattern. Statistics indicate that the penguins live up to 25-30 years and should be learning from their own experience. Moreover, observations indicate that the penguins can accumulate individual experience. For the first time, for instance, incubation in penguins often ends unsuccessfully. It sometimes happens that the inexperienced parents even drop-off the first egg when a second one is laid. Penguins are light and mobile in sea. On land - they are clumsy and confused, according to our point of view. The vision of penguins is adapted to waters and on land, they seem to be short-sighted and amusingly looking at things by tilting their heads from one side to another similar to an owl in daylight. It is interesting to know that, penguins, which are sea birds, are afraid of the sea. Penguins hesitantly go into waters after spending some time on land.
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