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Blog post from Tuesday, 30 September, 2014

This week we commemorate two milestones over on Flickr Commons.

First, September 30 is our sixth birthday on the Commons – we’ve been uploading selected images from our photographic collections to Flickr Commons since 2008. Now, we have almost 2 500 images, arranged into 100 thematic albums.

Second, we’ve recently passed 20 million views of our images on Flickr Commons! That’s a lot!

Thank you to everyone who has viewed, used, commented on and enjoyed our photographs. We love them, and it looks like you do too!

To celebrate, we’ll be sharing six of our most popular images from the Commons in a six day countdown to our September 30 birthday.


Ice cased Adelie penguins after a blizzard at Cape Denison / photograph by Frank Hurley

These quirky penguins are the stars of our most popular image on Flickr Commons, with almost half a million views.

At first it was thought that the penguins had been through a blizzard, but now it is clear that the dishevelled individual is actually a moulting juvenile. The original title for the image has been kept, despite it being a little misleading.

This photo was taken by Australian photographer and explorer, Frank Hurley, on the First Australasian Antarctic Expedition (1911-1914).

Adelie Penguins get their name from the location where they were first seen – Adelie Land in Antarctica (which was named by French explorer Jules Dumont d’Urville after his wife Adele).

Frank Hurley named one of his twin daughters Adelie. Adelie Hurley became a press photographer, well-known for her work for the Women’s Weekly.