Growing up in a small fishing community in northern Norway, Audun Rikardsen has a lifelong fascination with the Arctic’s rough landscape, culture, and wildlife—both above and below the ocean’s surface. He uses photography to share his fascination with and stories from the Arctic coastline through the revelations of often new and unusual perspectives, for which he develops his own systems to achieve. Since Audun started photographing in 2009, his images have won a number of awards.
grand prize winner
Black Grouse Showing Off
Audun Rikardsen | Tromsø, Norway
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Pier Mane sees underwater photography as an art form to raise awareness about the incredible creatures that reside in our oceans. A self-taught photographer who is passionate about marine ecosystems, he strives to show the importance of those environments and the animals who inhabit them. Through his photos he hopes to convey how essential it is for humans to play a role in their survival to ensure that they will remain for future generations to come.
Clouds of Salt
Chiara Salvadori is a photojournalist with a focus on outdoor photography and travel. She’s a collaborator of Getty Images and her images have been seen in to publications such as Lonely Planet, Condé Nast, Travelbook, Travel + Leisure and National Geographic. She aims to use the power of imagery to document the essence of far away places and human stories, big and small.
A photojournalist and studio photographer for the past twelve years, Arman Sarlangue has been passionate about visual arts since childhood. His work can be seen in publications in France, Egypt, and Crete. He enjoys the discovery of new places and experiences in nature photography—even if he’s completely alone in the wild—but mostly values the ability to share these remote and wonderful places through his images.
Brown bear. Underwater view.
Mike Korostelev is a passionate underwater and wildlife photographer based in Moscow. He was honored as Nature Photographer of the Year in 2017.
Dr. Piotr Naskrecki is an entomologist, conservation biologist, author, and photographer, based at the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University. He currently directs the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Laboratory at Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique where he trains a new cadre of Mozambican biologists and conservationists, and helps rebuild the park, which suffered during the recent civil war in that country. His scientific interests focus on the evolution of communication and sound production in insects and other animals, and the phylogenetic reconstruction of insect relationships.
The Human Touch
Living in Botswana for over a decade has given James Gifford a unique insight into African wildlife behavior. Over that time his images have been published in numerous magazines and books, and his has won and been commended in several photo competitions. He hopes that his images can in a small way open people's eyes to both the beauty and fragility of the natural world and impress upon them the urgency and importance of conservation to maintain the bounty of wildlife which is still left on our planet. His latest book, Savute: Botswana's Wildlife Kingdom, which was the product of two years spent in the field, was published in 2017.
Peter Mather is a photojournalist based in Whitehorse, Yukon. His photography focuses on long form stories about the wildlife, conservation and people of the North. He is a member of the International League of Conservation Photographers and is represented by National Geographic Image Collection and Minden Pictures.