torsdag 16 september 2010

Astronomy Photographer of The Year 2010

The Winning Image "Surrounded by Space"

Each year, a highly prestigeful international photo-competition is arranged by the Royal Observatory Greenwich, UK. The competition: "Astronomy Photographer of The Year" is divided into three main categories, "Earth and Space", "Our Solar System" och "Deep Sky", where the best astronomy pictures and astrophotographers of the world compete about the title.

This year, more than 500 photographers from 25 different countries entered the competition. I was therefore very happy and honoured to receive information from the jury that one of my images "Surrounded by Space", showing a display of intense northern lights framed by birch branches in a northern forest with the constellation Cassiopeia in the center, was elected one of the winning images in the ceremony in London.

The other winning images can be seen in National Geographic News or in an audio slideshow produced by BBC:

fredag 3 september 2010

Arctic Waders in Troms

During the autumn large numbers of waders are passing through the area on their way south and can now be seen resting in the tidal zone around Tromsø.

Right now, big flocks of Dunlins (kärrsnäppa/myrsnipe), Curlew Sandpipers (spovsnäppa/tundrasnipe) and Little stints (småsnäppa/dvergsnipe) can be observed.

Curlew Sandpiper/Spovsnäppa/Tundrasnipe (Calidris ferruginea) together with Little Stints/Småsnäppa/Dvergsnipe (Calidris minuta)

Little Stint/Småsnäppa/Dvergsnipe (Calidris minuta)

Three Little Stints/småsnäppor/dvergsniper together at Kvaløya, Troms