Nordic Nature Photo Contest 2012

One of my images was Successful at this years Nordic Nature Photo Contest! I've got an Highly Commended image in the category: Nordic Creative Nature Image of the Year.

Many Norwegians were awarded this year, but out of 10 categories, you could find Danes in 5 categories. However, there was only one, Danish category winner. All in all a good Danish impact on this year's prestigious Nordic nature photography competition, a result that we can be proud of, from a Danish viewpoint!

Congratulations to my Danish friends and colleagues.

Morten Hilmer * Nordic Tour Image of the Year (Highly Commended).
Jon Geriche Detlefsen * Travel Photo (Highly Commended).
Lars Holst Hansen * Nordic Mammal Image of the Year (Highly Commended).
Lars Parmo * Threatened Nordic Nature (Category Winner).

The price ceremony took place in Filmens hus in Oslo, Norway on Monday the 26th of March, gathering some of the best outdoor photographers of the Nordic countries.
About the competition
The vision behind the Natur&Foto Magazine is to promote Nordic nature photography and quality images of nature. The Natur&Foto Magazine has provided nature photographers with a showcase for their images and recently a new Nordic Nature Photo Competition saw the light of the day.

With its fantastic nature, unique light, magnificent wildlife and plant life, Nordic nature is in a class of its own and we want to promote this via the Nordic Nature Photo Contest, which is international and open to everyone. Except for the category Travel Photo, all images must be shot within in the last three years in one of the Nordic countries, Norway (Spitsbergen), Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Iceland, the Faroe Islands or Greenland.

Our aim with this contest is to increase the number of people fond of the fantastic nature surrounding us through photographs, exhibitions, books and the media.

Our motto is: “One protects the things one loves”

The Nordic Nature Photo Contest 2012 NNPC

Congratulations to all the NNPC 2012 awarded nature photographers!

Highly Commended image in the category: Nordic Creative Nature Image of the Year. 

Impression of Trees, Alstrup krat, Mariager, Denmark - March 2011

Nature photography is more than just capturing images of beautiful things. It is also about capturing the mood and atmosphere, it's about capturing the essence of a place, rather than a literal documentation.

Photography means "drawing with light" and throughout my career I have been inspired by the great Impressionistic painters. Making use of camera movement during exposure I can make an emotional response to portray the beauty I see in Nature.

I think my image of moss-covered beech trees have an organic and painterly look made possible by vibrating the camera slightly during the exposure, an effect created with camera motion only! No major post-processing has been applied beyond basic digital darkroom techniques such as levels, and curves and finally colour saturation adjustments.

This technique is not new to me, but even then the effect is still hard to predict and you have to make a lot of exposures until you get it right! This classic motif was easy to visualize, but I made about 20 images before I was completely satisfied.

(Pentax K7, DA 18-55mm 3,5-5,6 WR, iso 100, handheld)


  1. Et rigtig spændende billede som fortjener placeringen. Du skriver at du har bevæget kameraet. Op/ned?
    Ole Banke

  2. Yes, Nature photography is more than just capturing images of beautiful things. I am always looking out for photo contest

  3. Really great, it shows beauty, scale and power all in one.