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Untouched landscapes: Antarctica is one of the last untouched wilderness regions on earth. Its landscapes are characterised by shimmering glaciers, majestic icebergs, endless expanses of ice and rugged coastlines. The unspoilt nature and the vastness of the landscapes convey a feeling of purity and grandeur.

Biodiversity: Although Antarctica is an extremely hostile place, it is home to an astonishing variety of animal life, including penguins, seals, whales, seabirds and various species of krill and fish. The opportunity to observe these fascinating animals in their natural environment adds to the beauty of Antarctica.

Having now had the great privilege of travelling to Antarctica twice, I am still deeply impressed by this "out of this world" grandeur. For me, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula have become the last great wildlife paradise on the planet. High alpine mountain ranges, huge, still living glaciers and the incredible wealth of life cast a spell over me. I rarely put my camera down when I see subjects, but the sight of thousands of penguins and seals makes me feel humble, small and grateful.