Gallery: Audun Rikardsen

Arctic Urban Skiing

1° classified - Sport

Author: Audun Rikardsen (NO)

Location: Tromsø, Norway

Description: A friend skiing at night, descends a 10 meter high clifftop in Tromso, Norway. The challenge was quite demanding because the night was much darker than it appears in the photo. So much so, that it was impossible to see where one might land. The image is the result of a long exposure and the use of a specific flash pointed to capture the subject during action.


Sharing resources

1° classified - Wildlife

Author: Audun Rikardsen (NO)

Location: Tromsø, Norway

Description: During winter in northern Norway, large biomasses of herring have overwintered in fjords during 3-4 dark winter months in recent years. This has attracted hundreds of whales and fishing vessels. The killer whales have learned the sound of the boats when they haul their herring bag nets and get attracted to the boats in hopes of an easy meal of leftover herring. A single exposure where Audun has used a self-made underwater housing.


Heaven and earth

Honorable Mention - Nature

Author: Audun Rikardsen (NO)

Location: Tromsø, Norway

Description: Jellyfish under the Aurora Borealis off the coast of Northern Norway, close to Tromsø. Single exposure, focus and opening adjusted during the exposure.


Stars from two worlds

Honorable Mention - Nature

Author: Audun Rikardsen (NO)

Location: Tromsø, Norway

Description: Starfish feeding at night, under the sea, illuminated by the celestial stars and the dancing northern lights. This picture was taken as a double-exposure made in the camera.


Help me

Honorable Mention - Wildlife

Author: Audun Rikardsen (NO)

Location: Tromsø, Norway

Description: A humpback whale had entangled itself in the internet cable of the entire village where Audun lives. The whale was desperate and struggled for its life for over 24 hours. Eventually the whale was released with a team coordinated by the coast guard, fire-fighters, Audun and his friends. A life was saved, but three districts were without internet and phone for three weeks. This is a single exposure using a self-made underwater housing.


The polar winter feeding feast

3° classified

Author: Audun Rikardsen (NO)

Description: Since 2011, large biomasses of herring have spent the winter in fjords of Northern Norway for 3-4 dark months. This has attracted hundreds of whales and fishing vessels. Fishermen use the whales to localize the herring and the whales follow the fishing boats to get a "free meal" when the boats retrieve their fishing gear. This seemingly "win-win" situation also creates some negative interactions, including an increasing number of accidents where whales may become entangled in the fishing gear, sometimes with serious or potentially lethal injuries, and subsequent damage to the fishing gear. Some of these whales are fortunate and are saved by the coast guard and volunteers. 1 The silvery of the Arctic Ocean Atlantic herring arrive at the overwintering grounds outside Northern Norway in the last rays of sun before the polar night settles for two months. 2 Feeding killer whales Following the large shoals of herring arriving at the overwintering areas, lots of orca and humpback whales also arrive to feed on the surplus of easy accessible food, as seen here in the last rays of sun before the polar night settles. 3 Night feeding During the polar night in northern Norway where there is no sunlight for two months, the whales continue to feed throughout the day, even at night. 4 Preparing for a free dinner Following the herring, large numbers of fishing boats also arrive in the fjords where many whales have learned that they have the possibility of getting a “free meal” eating the leftovers lost by the fishermen. 5 Fighting for the food Some whales have become so trusting that sometimes they can be a problem for the fisherman, and sometimes they actively try to steal fish from the fishing gear, which in some cases can destroy both the fishing gear and the herring caches as well as creating danger for themselves. 6 Eating leftovers Around the fishing boats the orcas pick the herring one by one. They can even become so trusting that the fishermen can nearly feed them out of their hands. 7 Whale frost steam During the dark polar winter the air temperatures often drop many degrees below 0 °C and you can see the whales' breath emanating from their mouths while they feed in the fjords. 8 Please help me Unfortunately, because of the high density of whales and fishing vessels, some whales may get entangled in fishing equipment or other objects found in the fjords, creating a life threatening situation for the whales. The Norwegian Coastguard and several local volunteers try their best, and often succeed, in saving the whales that are spotted. 9 Arctic whale farewell dance February, and the humpback whales are leaving the Northern Norwegian fjords and are migrating south to tropical waters to mate and give birth. At the end of the feeding season, many whales start to sing and become more playful, probably preparing for the romance to come in the south…