Ed Stockard's photo of penguins near Palmer Station, Antarctica is today's Photo Of The Day. Stockard sent this image to the Flocks, Herds & Schools Assignment. "[This photo was] taken leaving Neko Harbor in the Antarctic Peninsula area," Stockard says. "We were leaving a shore stop and I headed to the top of the cruise ship deck and noticed we were overtaking a small group of Gentoo penguins. As we passed be closely I was able to see both breaching and below surface birds... magical!"
For more about penguins and the top 5 places in the world where you can go to photograph them, see the the article, Penguin Planet by Kevin Schafer.
Stockard used a Canon EOS 20D and a 70-200mm lens.
I choose the OP Photo Of The Day from the various OP galleries including Assignments, Your Favorite Places and all of the OP Contests. Also, for each issue of the magazine I go through the Assignments galleries and choose a few to be featured in The Best Of Assignments in print and I select a weekly winner to be featured on the OP home page. To get your photos into the running all you have to do is submit them.