Arnfinn Johansen is a semi-professional wildlife photographer based in Lillehammer, in the centre of southern Norway. He is a member of the Norwegian Nature Photographers Association (NN), an exclusive association of professional nature photographers in Norway who share a focus on nature and environmental issues, while upholding the highest ethical standards.
Arnfinn’s work has been recognised in many international competitions, including European Wildlife Photographer of the Year (GDT), Asferico, Glanzlichter, Por el Planeta, Oasis, Global Arctic Awards, Memorial Maria Luisa (MML), Nordic Nature Photo Contest (NNPC), Nature's Best Windland Smith Rice International Awards, Black & White Spider Awards, Sony World Photography Awards, among others.
By profession, Arnfinn is an economist with over 20 years’ experience in management. He has sat on the boards of various companies within the information technology industry. In 2008, he co-founded Styrmand AS, an IT consulting company based in Lillehammer and Oslo. Today, he is the company’s CFO and Chairman of the Board.
There is a good synergy between Arnfinn’s day job in IT and his passion for nature photography. One provides an energetic schedule and challenging workload in an inspiring and expanding company. The other offers opportunities to travel, a chance to get outdoors into nature, and time to reflect and think. Importantly, both roles provide energy and invigoration to the other.
Through his photography, Arnfinn seeks to convey the magic of nature, communicate its many moods and reveal its stories and secrets. His images are about more than just excellent composition and technical ability, they offer the viewer an intimate view of nature and a moment of reflection.
Some of Arnfinn’s most powerful shots show his subjects in their natural environment, combining clean composition with the space and beauty of the landscape. He always looks for stories behind the images that need to be told, inspire respect for nature and remind us to be humble. When all of these elements come together in a single photograph, Arnfinn knows he has succeeded.