Nature photography fellowship

Hasselblad Foundation stipend for nature photography 2020

Nature, landscape & environment



The Ash Project: Emanuel Cederqvist


The Hasselblad Foundation is pleased to announce that Emanuel Cederqvist has been awarded the 2020 stipend for nature photography.


The Ash Project is a collaboration between photographers Emanuel Cederqvist and Sean Gardiner who, in a modest and aesthetically appealing visual dialogue, document ash tree dieback in Europe. The condition is currently present in the entire range of ash habitats, from northern Sweden to southern Tuscany, and is caused by an invasive fungus that threatens the very existence of the species.


© Emanuel Cederqvist


Gardiner and Cederqvist use a site-specific, comparative and archival methodology and the project visualises the disease’s spread: Cederqvist photographs trees with early symptoms on Öland, Sweden, while Gardiner photographs trees in Dorset, England, where the disease is not yet visible. Their focus on this critical time for the ash, which also has significant mythological importance, further reflects major environmental issues including the loss of biodiversity.


© Sean Gardiner


In a unique way, Cederqvist and Gardiner maintain and update the tradition of environmentally engaged photography in the footsteps of photographers such as Robert Adams.


The jury deciding this year’s stipend winner was:

Tyrone Martinsson: Professor of Film, Photo, Literary Composition at HDK-Valand – University of Gothenburg

Cecilia Sandblom: photographer and conservator, Hasselblad Foundation

Louise Wolthers: researcher and curator, Hasselblad Foundation


The Hasselblad Foundation stipend for nature photography has been awarded every two years since 2008 and, keeping in mind Victor Hasselblad’s interest in nature, aims to encourage the development of nature photography in the Nordic region and support photographic examinations of nature, landscapes and the environment. The stipend amount is SEK 100,000.



Mia Rogersdotter Olofsson 2018 fellowship in nature photography


Mia Rogersdotter Olofsson has been awarded the Nature Photography Fellowship for 2018.

Mia Rogersdotter Olofsson’s project Luleälven: Om dammen brister (The Lule River: If the Dam Bursts) aims to be a portrait of the Lule River in the form of an investigation of a natural resource, a geographic area and a historical account of what the river valley looks like today. Mia Rogersdotter Olofsson wants to follow the river from its beginning in Sulitelma in Arjeplog to its catchment area in the Gulf of Bothnia and collect photographic material on foot and by boat. She will document the entire 461 km of the river, including Europe’s longest dry river bed of 17 km. Mia Rogersdotter Olofsson grew up in Luleå and already has a wealth of knowledge of the area. She is also a skilled photographer with a good eye for narratives in both natural and cultural landscapes.



Mia will do research and meet interest groups for the future survival of the river in Jokkmokk, and then proceed to photograph during the summer of 2018. The work will result in a book and/or an exhibition. The idea is to also present the project in different places along the river’s course.


“With this grant we want to support an interesting project and encourage a young photographer to continue her involvement in environmental issues and landscape photography”, says Louise Wolthers, head of research at the Hasselblad Foundation.


The Hasselblad Foundation’s Nature Photography Fellowship has been awarded annually since 2008. With Victor Hasselblad’s great interest in nature in mind, the purpose is to encourage the further development of nature photography in the Nordic region and to support photographic inquiries into nature, landscape and environmental issues. The fellowship comprises 100,000 Swedish kronor.



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.