The winners of the Arctic Council Photography Contest will be displayed in Kiruna 14 and 15 May. During March the Arctic Council Secretariat invited enthusiastic hobby photographers who live, work or visit the Arctic to share their photos that illustrate all aspects of life in the different regions of the Arctic. The photos are also displayed 14 May in a slideshow on the Arctic Council homepage.

The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in each category will be displayed in hard copy in Kiruna both at Folkets Hus (Community Center) 14 May during the Arctic Council side events and at Stadshuset (City Hall) 15 May during the meeting. In addition, all of the submitted photos will be displayed in a slideshow on a computer screen near the photo exhibition. The photos will also be displayed on the Arctic Council homepage.

31 people sent in submissions to the contest and 117 pictures were sent in total spread over the 4 categories. The Secretariat is very grateful to everyone who contributed and shared their pictures and experiences with the Arctic Council. Below are the winners of the photography competition:

 

Arctic Peoples:

1st place: "The last shaman of Wrangler Island" by Anastasiya Ilina features Georgiy Kaurgin, a hereditary reindeer breeder who is of Chukchi of Indian origin. Anastasiya Ilina is an oceanographer and employee of the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute in St. Petersburg, Russia. She was participating in a 45-day expedition arranged by Northern (Arctic) Federal University (NArFU) to Wrangler Island when she took the photo.

  • Ekaterina Chistikova - The last shaman of Wrangler Island
  • Ekaterina Chistikova - The last shaman of Wrangler Island
    Ekaterina Chistikova - The last shaman of Wrangler Island

    2nd place: “Modern and traditional technology” by Raymond Molony.

  • Raymond Molony - Modern and traditional technology
  • Raymond Molony - Modern and traditional technology
    Raymond Molony - Modern and traditional technology

    3rd place: “Yamal Tundra playing” by Alice Besacier-Picard.

  • A Besacier Picard - Yamal tundra playing
  • A Besacier Picard - Yamal tundra playing
    A Besacier Picard - Yamal tundra playing

    Landscapes:

    1st place: “Rorbuer in Reine” by Mia Bennett was taken on the Island Reine in the Lofoten archipelago in Norway. The photo depicts several rorbuer (Norwegian fishing huts which have been converted into small cabins) during a storm in January 2013. Mia Bennett is currently pursuing an M.Phil. in Polar Studies at the University of Cambridge as a Gates Scholar, where she is researching Asian interest in the circumpolar north. She is also an Arctic Blogger for the Foreign Policy Association.

  • Mia Bennett - Rorbuer in Reine, Norway
  • Mia Bennett - Rorbuer in Reine, Norway
    Mia Bennett - Rorbuer in Reine, Norway

    2nd place: “The Pan-STARRS Comet and Aurora Borealis” by Tommy Larsen.

  • Tommy Larsen - The Pan-STARRS comet and Aurora Borealis
  • Tommy Larsen - The Pan-STARRS comet and Aurora Borealis
    Tommy Larsen - The Pan-STARRS comet and Aurora Borealis

    3rd place: “Ice floating” by Kristin Nymark Heggland.

  • Kristin Nymark Heggland - Ice floating, Longyeardbyen, Svalbard
  • Kristin Nymark Heggland - Ice floating, Longyeardbyen, Svalbard
    Kristin Nymark Heggland - Ice floating, Longyeardbyen, Svalbard

    People in action:

    1st place:  “Arctic Beach” by Nils Arne Johnsen was taken on Sommarøya near Tromsø, Norway during Easter this year. The outdoor temperature was -5 C and the sea temperature perhaps 4 degrees above freezing when the 5 year old Idunn Johnsen suddenly decided to take an Easter swim. Adapting to the arctic conditions, she had to wear her fur cap. Nils Arne Johnsen was born and raised in Finnmark and is now living in Tromsø. In his photos he wants to show examples of the Arctic giving residents climatic challenges in everyday life.

  • Nils Arne Johnsen - Arctic Beach
  • Nils Arne Johnsen - Arctic Beach
    Nils Arne Johnsen - Arctic Beach

    2nd place: “Sailboat and ice flake” by Sergey Murzaev.

  • Sergey Murzaev - Sailboat and Ice flake
  • Sergey Murzaev - Sailboat and Ice flake
    Sergey Murzaev - Sailboat and Ice flake

    3rd place: “Lithuanians drying cod in Lofoten” by Mia Bennett.

  • Mia Bennett - Lituanians drying cod in Lofoten
  • Mia Bennett - Lituanians drying cod in Lofoten
    Mia Bennett - Lituanians drying cod in Lofoten

    Plants and animals:

    1st place: “Fox versus Goose” by Sergey Gorshkov is a wildlife photo that with perfect timing captures the lively interactions between predator and prey. Sergey Gorshkov is the founding member of the Russian Union of wildlife photographers. He has received many awards for his works over the years. He is the holder of two “Photographer of the year in Russia” awards, and he has also won the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition three times. His works are printed in magazines around the world.

  • Sergey Gorshkov - Fox vs Goose
  • Sergey Gorshkov - Fox vs Goose
    Sergey Gorshkov - Fox vs Goose

    2nd place: “Mountain climbing Polar bear” by Christopher Wolff.

  • Christopher Wolff - Mountainclimbing Polar Bear
  • Christopher Wolff - Mountainclimbing Polar Bear
    Christopher Wolff - Mountainclimbing Polar Bear

    3rd place: “The Majestic Eagle” by Harald Enge.

  • Harald Enge - The Majestic Eagle
  • Harald Enge - The Majestic Eagle
    Harald Enge - The Majestic Eagle

    More submissions to the contest:

    See all of the submitted photos...

     

    Photo caption: The 1st place winner in the category Arctic People "The last shaman of Wrangler Island" by Anastasiya Ilina