Kuusamo XXIII Nature Photo Festival

6-9 SEP 2018

Kuusamon Nature Photo festival is a nature photography event that is well known in Finland nationwide. Organized every year since 1996, the festival has solidified its position as one of the most important events in the field of nature photography.

The festival takes place in the Culture and Congress Centre Kuusamo Hall, where the 500-seat Oulanka Hall offers an excellent setting for the presentations. At the time of the festival in September, the nature around displays its blazing autumn colors. In addition to the festival, visitors and other tourists can enjoy great experiences in the area, ranging from autumn colors to the northern lights. The event is organized by Kuusamo Culture Services. The artistic director of the event is Lassi Rautiainen. In 2018, Kuusamo Nature Photo Festival also celebrates the 150th anniversary of Kuusamo Town.  

Kuusamo XXIII Nature Photo

27 spectacular nature-themed multimedia presentations 

  • Includes photographers from Finland, Australia, Norway and Russia

7 nature photography exhibitions 

  • The main exhibition presents the work of Russian nature photographers

Nature photography competition 

  • 1 MAY - 31 JUN 2018
  • Five categories
    • Natural
    • Art of Nature
    • Children and Youngsters
    • Hannu Hautala – My Kuusamo 150 Years
    • Instagram  #luonnonkoordinaatit
  • The competition has become more and more popular every year, also among international photographers.
  • In 2017, about 1500 photographs were entered into the competition.


  • Themes: basic rules of composition, preliminary visualization, the role of photography as a medium of communication 
  • Portrait photography, nature and landscape photography, macro photography, sports photography

Nature films 



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