This year’s general meeting of the Council of Border Municipalities in the North will be held in Kirkenes in connection with Kirkenes Conference on the 13th of February 2020.
Last year’s general meeting was held in Kola town, Russia, in connection with Russian-Finnish cross-border co-operation days, and in 2018 in Karasjok, Norway.
The results of the Council’s photo competition “Northern Nature” are now clear. The jury, consisting of professionals in photography, people with artistic eye and decision-makers from member municipalities, have selected the winners. The winner is Jorma Hevonkoski, who was rewarded by Rune Rafaelsen, Chair of the Council’s Board, in the international tourism seminar Spirit of Inari on the 1st of November 2018. He received a 400 € gift card to Rajala Pro Shop.
Jorma Hevonkoski from Ivalo, Finland, has taken his winning picture “Lakselva in the night” in Norway a couple of years ago in the end of November, when the Sun can only been seen as a reflection in the horizon.
Tarja Länsman from Utsjoki took the second place. Her picture was taken on the top of a fjeld called Oađašangielas in Paistunturi reindeer herding district in Utsjoki, Finland, facing Rástegáissa in Norway, showing the tops of the fjelds in both countries. Tarja writes: “When winter turns into spring and the Sun starts to give warmth to the fjeld tops in Finland and Norway, I feel like waking up after a long, dark polar night period.” Tarja was rewarded with a 250 € gift card to Rajala Pro Shop.
The third place was shared by two participants from Sor-Varanger Municipality in Norway. They were both rewarded with a 75 € gift card to Rajala Pro Shop.
Marianne Määttä from Bjørnevatn has taken a picture of tranquil evening by Lake Store Sametti in Pasvik region.
Daniel Tvedt from Kirkenes has also taken his picture in Pasvik. One autumn night he wanted to test his camera at sunset by marshland Skrøytnes. As soon as he set his camera on tripod, the sky exploded into aurora colours. And as you can see in the picture, the sky seemed to be divided into two sections. Daniel placed his camera so that the pine in the middle became a divider.
We congratulate the winners and thank all the participants warmly. You can look at all the pictures sent to the competition here We will add the photographers’ names and descriptions of pictures there gradually.
We thank all 68 contestants who have participated in our photo competition. Here are all the pictures we received, to be judged by the jury online. We have numbered them in the order in which they have arrived. Information about photographers, or places where pictures have been taken, are not public yet.
As soon as the jury has done its work, we will let you know the results.