Nature photography fellowship

Hasselblad Foundation stipend for nature photography 2020

Nature, landscape & environment


Application deadline: 10 January 2020


Erna and Victor Hasselblad’s Foundation is now offering for the seventh time stipend 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.



The applicant must be a citizen of one of the Nordic countries, or a citizen of another country living permanently in the Nordic region. The stipend is intended for a  photographer in order to finance fully or partly an artistic or documentary project within nature photography and relating to biological diversity, landscapes and the environment.


Criteria and policy for assessments

The project must be restricted and well-defined within a time frame of 1-3 years from start to completion.

Applications with samples of work shall be received by the Hasselblad Foundation by 10 January 2020 at the latest.

No digital applications.


Stipend amount

One recipient will receive SEK 100,000. The recipient will take individual responsibility for tax arrangements.


During the project period a written situation report shall be submitted. A final report shall also be submitted when the project is concluded.


Stipend payments
The Foundation reserves the right to make payments in instalments related to specific conditions, such as submission of situation reports, etc.


Applications shall be submitted on the forms provided by the Foundation. Samples of work should be attached to support the application.

Download the application form. Application forms should be filled in fully and legibly and must be signed by the applicant.


Applications shall be addressed to the Hasselblad Foundation at the following address:

Hasselblad Foundation
Att: Nature Photography Fellowship
Ekmansgatan 8
412 56 Göteborg



No digital applications.


Samples of work
Samples of the applicant’s work may include publications and/or photographs. Select samples that you consider to be representative of your work.

Final deadline for applications to be received by the Hasselblad Foundation: 10 January 2020.


Nomination committee
A nomination committee appointed by the Foundation will assess applications and select the candidate.

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.