The winners of The 2020 Kuusamo Nature Photo Competition have been published. The winner of the Hannu Hautala Prize is Jonathan Lhoir from France. He impressed the judges with a beautifully simplified shot called The Frog. The winner in Category B, Art of Nature, is Juhani Kosonen. Niko Sallinen was the winner in Category C, Children and Youngsters, and the winning shot in Category D, Ruka-Kuusamo Coordinates of Nature, was taken by Janne Liuski.
This year, the 25th year of the event, over 140 participants from several countries entered a total of some 1000 images to the nature photo competition. In addition, hundreds of photographers sent their images to the Instagram categories.
According to the Jury Chair, Ms. Jonna Kalliomäki, the quality of the competition entries was high, and many forms of expression were represented. The task of the jury was not easy, and the scores given to the entries were widely spread. However, the judges agreed unanimously on the order of the top images.
The winner in Category A, Hannu Hautala Prize, is The Frog by Jonathan Lhoir. “The printed image is skilfully simplified with a few fine, deliberate strokes, reflecting a fundamental motif. The scant colour scheme plays well together, and the appearance of the frog’s eyes fits in perfectly with the patterns formed by the plants. There is also a slight presence of humour in the image,” the jury writes in their statement.
The winner in Category B, Art of Nature, is Juhani Kosonen. “An overexposure of a woodpecker forest, with a very successful and ambiguously functioning combination of image files. This shot is rich with many interesting details that have fallen into place: the right wing of the woodpecker melting into the branches, the tawny cross-stripe of the tail, the forest in the background glimmering through the thick tree trunk, etc. When overexposure is used, skill and know-how is often not enough for a great outcome: there is usually a fair amount of serendipity involved," the judges remark.
The winning image of Category C Instagram, Children and Youngsters, was taken by Niko Sallinen. “The Mistaken Victim is an amusing name for an image with the composition and colouring spot-on beautifully managed. Apart from macro images, mosquitos are rarely seen in nature photographs, so top marks also for that,” the jury says.
In Category D Instagram, Ruka-Kuusamo Coordinates of Nature, the rewarded image was Janne Liuski’s The Husky Kingdom. “Photographer Janne Liuski (@janneliuskiphotography) has managed to capture the meagre midwinter light wonderfully. The orange sky of a freezing winter’s day, with the light haze present in the image, create a storybook-like atmosphere in the shot. The feeling is enhanced by the lonesome husky, gazing at the horizon. The jury was almost unanimous in its choice of this image as the best representative of the spirit and feeling of Ruka-Kuusamo,” the jury explains.
Kuusamo Nature Photo Competition 2020 Judges’ comments on the awarded entries