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Photo of an elephant seal lying on smooth rocks, taken front on, from ground level.
Elephant seal on Macquarie Island. (Photo: Justin Chambers)
Justin Chambers wearing a yellow Antarctic jacket.

Justin Chambers has spent the past seven years working in Antarctica, wintering at Davis, Mawson and Macquarie Island. He also spent six months at Scott base and a summer at Casey. He has worked as a chef, deputy station leader, lay medical assistant, emergency responder and station photographer. He is ‘classically trained’ in restaurants and hotels internationally and has travelled the world working as a chef for rock ‘n’ roll greats including Madonna, Queen, Prince, Bon Jovi, Beyonce and Shania Twain.

Justin says:

Macquarie Island has an abundance of wildlife and an aesthetically diverse landscape. I would often sit for hours at a time with music playing through headphones and watch the animals go about their business. This particular elephant seal seemed content knowing he was not ready to be a Beach Master. But as a captive to his primal instincts, he would casually wait near a harem for an opportunity. I watched for over two hours in the 5 degree drizzle as he slowly moved up the beach. I took this photo when I was sure he would go no further, using a Canon 5D3 with 50 mm lens set at f1.4.