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Overall Winner of NNPC 2011

[29th March, 2011] I am both glad, humble and of course proud, to announce that my photograph of Brown bear in early morning mist (image #1 below) taken in Kuhmo in Finland for about one year ago, has been awarded the Overall Winner of the Nordic Nature Photo Contest 2011!
 
This image was also awarded as the main prize winner of the category Nordic Mammal Image of the year. 
 
In addition I am flattered to announce that I had two highly commended images in this contest as well: An image of Wagtail and brown bear (image #2 below) was commended in the Nordic Bird Image category, and in the Threatened Nordic Nature category my image Wolf stare (image #3 below) was commended. These two photographs I have also taken in Kuhmo in Finland, near the Russian border. Thanks to Lassi Rautiainen for giving the possibilities for wild brown bear and wolf photography in the Finnish wilderness. 
 
The price ceremony was held at Natural History Museum at Tøyen in Oslo on 29th March, and at the same evening in the museums’ botanical garden an outdoor exhibition of all the award-winning photographers' images were opened. The exhibition will remain open for two months. The yearbook with the award-winning images was also launched on this day.
 
The Nordic Nature Photo Contest is organized by Natur&Foto Magazine. The contest is international and open to both professionals and amateurs. There are ten different categories, and 4,500 images were submitted. In addition to awarding the overall winner, The Nordic Nature Photographer of the Year, NNPC also awarding The Young Nordic Nature Photographer of the Year. This award was given to Halvor Klareng (17). For more information about NNPC and to see all the award-winning photographs, visit Natur&Foto at www.naturogfoto.no.
 
 
Brown bear in early morning mist. Overall Winner of the Nordic Nature Photo Contest 2011.
Nikon D3, Nikkor 70-200/2.8 VR, 1/400 sec at f/6.3. -2/3 EV, ISO 200.
Photo: Arnfinn Johansen
 
 

Wagtail and brown bear. Highly commended image in the Nordic Bird Image category.
Nikon D3s, Nikkor 600/4 VR, 1/640 sec at f/5.6. ISO 3200.
Photo: Arnfinn Johansen.
 
 
Wolf stare. Highly commended image in the Threatened Nordic Nature category.
Nikon D3s, Nikkor 600/4 VR, 1/640 sec at f/5.6. ISO 4000.
Photo: Arnfinn Johansen.
 


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Allan Oman | allanoman.photoshelter.com
28/09-2012
Congratulations on yet another wonderful set of images Arnfinn! Your work is really fabulous! Best of luck with your future work. Allan
Seppo Lahtinen
24/06-2011
Hello Arnfinn!Really great and touching pictures. Your systematic and demanding way in taking photos brings us these uncredible pictures.And succes for You!Nice summer to You!
nomaan syed
27/05-2011
hii sir !!!!!! the tiger which u have photographed in kanha.. the big 6 to 7 year old male.. i known as munna... besides.. it is now the second biggest tiger of kanha... the tigress of meadows has raised all of its 3 cubs to adulthood.. all of them are quite large.. another tiger, known as nakkata is now being proclaimed as the biggest tiger of kanha.. there is also a very large tiger at indri in kanha.. he female tigress if ndri loks just like a male.. with a very large head and larger than normal body... wish u do reply.. :)
djiihaa | www.djiihaa.com
28/04-2011
Fantastiske bilder, gratulerer med velfortjent premie :)
Gunn-Marit Brenden
20/04-2011
Gratulerer Arnfinn! Helt utrolig fine bilder! :-)
Wenche
17/04-2011
Dette var jo helt fantastisk. Gratulerer. Det var veldig fortjent:)
Morten
10/04-2011
Vinnerbildet ditt er legendarisk bra. Alt stemmer. Gratulerer - uten tvil vel fortjent!
Bjørn Johan Stenersen
05/04-2011
Utrolig bra. Det er sjelden jeg blir stum, - men det vet du jo.
Svein Roger Dahlen | www.srdahlen-naturfoto.blogspot.com
02/04-2011
Gratulerer med et fantastisk bilde! Skal til samme sted i Finland i september og regner å få med det samme bildet i fotosekken hjem...
Heidi Fauske | www.catchmedia.no
01/04-2011
Fantstiske bilder, Arnfinn! Grattis fra Catch :)
Erik Stuedal
31/03-2011
Hei Arnfinn Gratulerer med velfortjent seier
Trond Ølstad
30/03-2011
Hei Arnfinn. Utrolig fortjent og utrolig flott å se deg på tv, dette var tøft. Keep up the good work. Trond
Tom Dyring | www.tomdyring.com
30/03-2011
Føyer meg inn i rekken av hengivne gratulanter !!! Tom
Tommy Sivertsen
30/03-2011
Hei Arnfinn, Så deg på TV, gratulerer masse :) Fikk linken til siden din ifra Maja, det er lenge siden nå gitt. Tommy
Bjørn H Stuedal | www.stuedal.no
30/03-2011
Gratulerer - og vel fortjent!
Nina Lauritsen | www.niinafoto.blogg.no
30/03-2011
Gratulerer så mye! Bildene dine er helt fantastiske! :) Du er nå et av mine forbilder!
ole martin dahle | www.norway-nature.com
30/03-2011
Utrolig samling av høykvalitetsbilder Arnfinn. Gratulerer så mye og fortsett i samme bane!!
Jussi Väliaho | www.ultimataiga.fi
30/03-2011
Great!!! Greetings from Kuhmo.
Øystein Søbye | www.norsknatur.blogspot.com
30/03-2011
Gratulerer med et fantastisk flott bilde! Personlig er jeg enda et hakk mer begeistret for bildet av bjørn og meis.
Jørgen Magnus
30/03-2011
Hei Arnfinn. Fantastiske bilder og veldig inspirerende å se. Gratulerer så masse:) Mvh Jørgen
Snorre
30/03-2011
Grattis! Du gjorde det også bedre enn forventet foran kamera på TV, trodde du passet best bak kameraet :-)
Terje Sylte | www.terjesylte.blogspot.com
30/03-2011
Gratulere så meget med velfortjent tittel :) Knallbilde som vinner men så har du mye bra også :)
Trym Norman Sannes | http://trymfoto.blogspot.com/
30/03-2011
Utrolig flotte bilder! En opplevelse å bla igjennom arkivet ditt! Gratulerer med velfortjent seier!