Nature photography fellowship

David Arnar Runólfsson 2016 fellowship in nature photography

The Hasselblad Foundation is pleased to announce that David Arnar Runólfsson has been awarded the Foundation’s 2016 fellowship in nature photography.


The general purpose of the stipend, recalling Victor Hasselblad’s interest in the subject, is to encourage nature photography in the Nordic region.


From the series Impact, Skaftafellsjökull, 2015 © David Arnar Runólfsson

From the series Impact, Skaftafellsjökull, 2015 © David Arnar Runólfsson

David Arnar Runólfsson applied with a project investigating the serious environmental impact of the Kárahnjúkar dam in Iceland. Through various methods of photographic documentation, archival research, and interviews with scientists and journalists, David Arnar Runólfsson will be conveying the irreversible effects on the environment and local ecosystems in a publication. Other dam projects around the world have similar effects, and as the artist states: “I believe it’s very important that we learn from this project and consider carefully before sacrificing more wilderness areas under water.”


David Arnar Runólfsson is currently finishing an MFA in photography at Valand Academy.


Members of the committee were Katarina Gårdfeldt, Dean at the Centre for Environment and Sustainability, GMV, at Chalmers and University of Gothenburg; Tyrone Martinsson, Senior Lecturer at Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg; Cecilia Sandblom, photographer at the Hasselblad Foundation, and Louise Wolthers, Research Manager at the Hasselblad Foundation.