XXV Nature Photo Festival
12 September 2020
Join us on a virtual photographic journey into the great Finnish nature
The 2020 Kuusamo Nature Photo Festival presents the winning images of the annual nature photo competition in a three-hour virtual broadcast, free of charge. Interesting photographers and influential persons will share their thoughts about their work and their relationship with nature.
The programme is hosted by Kimmo Ohtonen, a nature photographer and journalist, who is enthusiastic about the opportunities of a virtual broadcast. “A big screen does justice to these wonderful nature photographs. For some viewers Kuusamo is entirely out of reach, but this time everyone can enjoy this event and the magnificent nature of Kuusamo.”
The Jury Chair, Ms Jonna Kalliomäki, will describe the standard of this year’s entries and the selection process of the winning images. Photojournalist Meeri Koutaniemi will present the images shown in her September exhibition in Kuusamo. The social media stars Eeva Mäkinen and Konsta Punkka will talk about their methods and the secrets of their success. Photographer Lassi Rautiainen will lead the viewers to the wilderness to photograph large carnivores. The Finnish nature photography pioneer Hannu Hautala will look back on the 25-year journey of Kuusamo Nature Photo event.
Nature Photo Competition
1 May–10 July 2020
Kuusamo Nature Photo Competition is an eagerly expected and highly esteemed competition. It gives both professional and amateur photographers an opportunity to become recognized, display their work, and share experiences acquired during their photographic excursions.
The photo competition is open to everyone. As always, the competition comprises four categories. A maximum of five (5) entries can be submitted to each category. In all categories, only basic image editing is allowed: cropping, sharpening, adjusting of tonal values, moderate partial adjustments of the image, removal of sensor dust, noise reduction, etc. The image can be colour-toned or converted into black-and-white. Combining panoramic images, HDR, and focus stacking is permitted in landscape images. The format of the photograph is free. Trick photos or otherwise manipulated images are not eligible for entry!
Participation in the competition is done via Instagram by tagging the uploaded photographs and videos with hashtags #coordinatesofnature and #kuusamonaturephoto20. The competition is open 1 May–26 August 2020.