Up Close With King Penguins and Elephant Seals

Just above Antarctica, off the island of South Georgia, lies a breeding hot spot for elephant seals and king penguins known as Gold Harbour. Filmmaker Richard Sidey captures incredible raw footage and the natural sound of this wild bounty for part of his series, Speechless. “[W]ith the absence of narrative, the viewer is left to create their own narrative and their own experience, without being told what to think ... It gives everyone the possibility of seeing these places for what they are without the restrictions of cost and the environmental impact,” he says.

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