2017-10-28 08:13:17 Posted by: Orsolya Haarberg

We are glad to announce that Erlend Haarberg was named the overall winner of the GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017 competition. The prize-giving ceremony took place in Lünen (Germany) on 27 October, where jury, award winners and a large audience came together to celebrate the event.

The winning image titled "Snow spat" is the result of a long term project that Erlend started more than 25 years ago in the upland birch forests of Norway. This work became an important part of his life over the years, therefore he is very pleased and deeply honoured that the international jury selected this particular image.

 

This image was also awarded:

- finalist at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017 competition (London, UK)

- overall winner of the Golden Turtle 2017 competition (Moscow, Russia)

- category 1st prize- and public award winner at Montphoto (Lloret de Mar, Spain)

About the photograph:

Mountain hares are nocturnal – even in the mating season, most activity happens under cover of darkness. Fights occur among the individuals, either for food or for the females, but it is seldom observed. This atmospheric image, of softly falling snow around the fighting hares in a perfect position, is a unique moment Erlend had been waiting long to capture.

Vauldalen, Norway, 2016

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2017-10-16 16:57:14 Posted by: Orsolya Haarberg

Last weekend we got the wonderful news that Erlend Haarberg won the Photographer of the Year award at the Golden Turtle international nature photography competition. What a pleasant surprise and great honour to be named overall winner in a competition with more than 10.000 entries and a jury that has been composed of some of the most respected professionals in the field of nature photography!

Nine images of Erlend have been awarded, five of them from the mountain area in Middle-Norway where where he has been working most actively in the last 30 years, with a special focus on mountain hares.

The prize-giving ceremony took place in Moscow on 13 October 2017.

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2017-07-05 18:43:01 Posted by: Orsolya Haarberg

In the last four years, we have been engaged with travelling in, and photographing the Swedish Laponia World Heritage Site. The whole journey started with a National Geographic magazine assignment back in 2013 which allowed us to explore Laponia’s varied ecosystems in all of the seasons. After eight weeks in this Nordic wilderness, we were hooked. Laponia is one of the last few areas in Scandinavia, where we could leave all the stresses and worries of our modern life behind, as in most places there is no mobile or internet connection. Surrounded by the wild scenes and sounds of nature we could find peace and quiet. This feeling kept us returning, year after year.

 

Having met John E. Utsi, a Sami writer who grew up in the vicinity of Laponia, we eventually made up our mind to share our images in a book, accompanied by John’s texts that give an insight into the Sami’s appreciation of this land. Together with John, we publish our Laponia book in four different languages, in September 2017. The last few months passed by quickly, busy with the translations and the design. We love the result, the layout gives space and the best appearance to the images in the book. Printing starts soon...

Today, we can finally offer the book "Laponia—Majestic Stillness" for pre-order here.

 

Please take a look and if you have already fallen in love with this place during your travels in the past or would just like to experience the serene scenes of Laponia through our images, we would be delighted if you ordered the book. Until 30th August we are offering it at a discounted price, and with free collection at nine different nature photo events in Europe throughout the autumn season.

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Since 2005, we have traveled together as a team, constantly being on the move to explore and photograph landscapes and wildlife, with special interest in the Nordic countries. Our projects capture different parts of the "Cap of the North", in a never-ending search for surprising scenes and the magic light that is so characteristic of this region. It is the desire to get back to our roots — to live with nature that inspires us to create the images that we do.

We are members of The Photo Society, a group of contributing photographers for National Geographic Magazine.


NEW BOOK LAPONIA – MAJESTIC STILLNESS can be purchased online in four different language editions here.

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