2017-10-28 08:13:17 Posted by: Orsolya Haarberg

We are glad to announce that Erlend Haarberg was named the overall winner of the GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017 competition. The prize-giving ceremony took place in Lünen (Germany) on 27 October, where jury, award winners and a large audience came together to celebrate the event.

The winning image titled "Snow spat" is the result of a long term project that Erlend started more than 25 years ago in the upland birch forests of Norway. This work became an important part of his life over the years, therefore he is very pleased and deeply honoured that the international jury selected this particular image.

 

This image was also awarded:

- finalist at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017 competition (London, UK)

- overall winner of the Golden Turtle 2017 competition (Moscow, Russia)

- category 1st prize- and public award winner at Montphoto (Lloret de Mar, Spain)

About the photograph:

Mountain hares are nocturnal – even in the mating season, most activity happens under cover of darkness. Fights occur among the individuals, either for food or for the females, but it is seldom observed. This atmospheric image, of softly falling snow around the fighting hares in a perfect position, is a unique moment Erlend had been waiting long to capture.

Vauldalen, Norway, 2016

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Since 2005, we have traveled together as a team, constantly being on the move to explore and photograph landscapes and wildlife, with special interest in the Nordic countries. Our projects capture different parts of the "Cap of the North", in a never-ending search for surprising scenes and the magic light that is so characteristic of this region. It is the desire to get back to our roots — to live with nature that inspires us to create the images that we do.

We are members of The Photo Society, a group of contributing photographers for National Geographic Magazine.


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