Top Nordic nature photos chosen

Norwegian Jostein Hellevik takes the top prize with photo of hunting osprey

Jostein Hellevik

Photo: Jostein Hellevik / courtesy of Natur & Foto
The year’s first-place photo in the birds category is this shot by overall winner Jostein Hellevik.

Natur & Foto
Drøbak, Norway

Jostein Hellevik from Dalen in Norway was named Nordic Nature Photographer of the Year earlier this year during a ceremony in Oslo Concert Hall. Knut Erik Alnæs from Norway was named the Young Nordic Nature Photographer of the Year.

The magazine Natur & Foto sponsors the competition, which was arranged for the seventh time this year with 4,800 participating pictures from 375 photographers from the Nordic countries and other European countries. This is the largest nature photography competition in the Nordic region.

Last year there were Swedish overall winners, but this year the champion is again Norwegian. Jostein Hellevik is known for his work with nature photo shells, but has now proved to be a talented wildlife photographer too. He won with his picture of an osprey making off with a fish, taken in Telemark.

Knut Erik Alnæs won the title Young Nordic Nature Photographer of the Year two years ago. Last year he was No. 2, but this year he is back on top of the podium.

There are also only two non-Norwegian category winners; the winner of the mammal class is Swedish and the Photo Journey winner is from Israel.

The contest’s main sponsor this time is Nikon, offering a main prize of a Nikon D850, worth around $5,000 USD. Otherwise, the prize table is sponsored by many different players in the market. The total value of prizes was almost $20,000.

The pictures are judged by a diverse jury with photographer Pål Hermansen as leader.

Full list of winners:
• Nordic Bird Photo: Jostein Hellevik
• Nordic Mammal Photo: Per Karlsson

This article originally appeared in the April 6, 2018, issue of The Norwegian American. To subscribe, visit SUBSCRIBE or call us at (206) 784-4617.

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