June 2024 Photo Contest Winner: Bill Datema, St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Congratulations Bill! With over 60 photos to choose from, yours received the highest rating among members. You’ve not only brought honor to the St. Louis TCC Chapter, but you have won a year of free dues for yourself. Thanks to everybody who submitted their wonderful “Remote Island Life” theme photos for the June contest. They can still be seen and commented on by visiting https://pollunit.com/en/polls/tcc-2024-june »

The theme for our September 2024 contest is “Waiting.” Click for contest details »

Photo: Bill Datema

On a glorious November day in 2022, while most of my group wandered up the hill to view the enormous king penguin colony, I stood alone on a beach of pebbles at St. Andrews Bay, South Georgia. Of approximately 2.2 million breeding pairs worldwide, approximately 150,000 live at St. Andrews Bay, making the area home to one of the largest colonies on Earth. As I stood alone, large waddles of penguins trundled toward me and were completely unfazed by my presence. I spent the next hour enraptured by the scene of penguins, elephant seals, skuas, and other wildlife framed against the background of the alpine spine of the South Georgia archipelago.


Lana Skeet, Calgary, AB, Canada

Photo: Lana Skeet

Blissful, tropical and the feeling of being remote, Fernando do Noronha has it all! This stunning sunset view was enjoyed while sipping a Caipirinha at the Bar do Meio. Overlooking Morro do Pico (the unique mountain) and Praia do Meio (the sparsely populated beach below), pause for a moment and take in how remote this island feels on the northeast tip of Brazil. You must go here!

John James Banogon, Pearl River, New York

Photo: John James Banogon

In the Faroe Islands, spotlighted by the sun that was barely visible that day, these highland cattle appear to be watching over a salmon farm from a cliff. Fishing is the top industry in the Faroes. Drangarnir, one of the most photographed sea stacks, can be seen on the far right.

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