Split level image of giant kelp in a sea cave on the Auckland Islands.

    Photo Credit: Justin Gilligan

    Royal penguins on the shore of Sandy Bay, Macquarie Island.

    Photo Credit: Justin Gilligan

    King penguins in a deep blue Southern Ocean off Macquarie Island.

    Photo Credit: Justin Gilligan

    Split-level portrait image of an iceberg in East Antarctica.

    Photo Credit: Justin Gilligan

    A lone emperor penguin contrast a snow drift in East Antarctica.

    Photo Credit: Justin Gilligan

    Iceberg in East Antarctica.

    Photo Credit: Justin Gilligan

    Adelie penguin on ice on the shore of the Balleny Islands.

    Photo Credit: Justin Gilligan

    Young weddell seal portrait from the shore of the Balleny Islands.

    Photo Credit: Justin Gilligan

    Chinstrap penguin striding among the ice on the shore of the Balleny Islands.

    Photo Credit: Justin Gilligan

    Worn tracks between the coast and the Adelie penguin colony on the Balleny Islands.

    Photo Credit: Justin Gilligan

    Cape Adare is the site of the largest Adelie penguin rookery in the world.

    Photo Credit: Justin Gilligan

In pictures: exploring East Antarctica

By Justin Gilligan | December 31, 2018

The 2017 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year, Justin Gilligan, turns his creative eye to the unique icy world of beauty and contrast that he found at the end of the Earth on an expedition to East Antarctica with Heritage Expeditions.