Much of the early Antarctic exploration was in order to research penguins and Darwin's evolutionary theories. Emperor penguins like the one pictured are one of the few species of animals able to thrive in the harsh environment.
Adam Pretty. Tyler Clary of the United States competes in the Men’s 200-meter Backstroke final at the World Aquatics Championships, in Shanghai, China, on 29 July 2011. World Press Photo, 2012: Sports, 2nd prize stories.
On hope and human dignity.Micah Albert, USA, Redux Images,1st Prize Contemporary Issues Single.Taken on 03 April 2012 in Nairobi,Kenya.Pausing in the rain,a woman working as a trash picker at the 30-acre dump,which literally spills into households of one million people living in nearby slums, wishes she had more time to look at the books she comes across.She even likes the industrial parts catalogs.“It gives me something else to do in the day besides picking [trash],”she said.
Start believing that you’re ready for the next step. – You are ready! Think about it. You have everything you need right now to take the next small, realistic step forward. So embrace the opportunities that come your way, and accept the challenges – they’re gifts that will help you to grow. [photo via acidcow.com]