Nature photography fellowship

Hasselblad Foundation Nature Photography Stipend 2022

Nature, Landscape & Environment


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 to finance, fully or partly, an artistic or documentary project within nature photography and which is related to biological diversity, and human interaction with the environment and climate.


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.

Significance will be given to projects focusing on the environment, creativity, and possibilities for influencing human behaviour.


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 each year by 1 October at the latest and without prior request. 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.


Application form 2022


Application form 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:



Ekmansgatan 8

412 56 Göteborg


Applications must be received by the Hasselblad Foundation by 1 February 2022 at the latest. Incomplete applications will not be considered and additional documents will not be accepted after the entry deadline.


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.

The following instructions apply for each sample:

•          Publications (books, articles, catalogues): Enter the publication’s title, author and publication date on page 3 of the application form

•          Photographs: Please submit a maximum of 15 high-resolution photographs . The titles and dates for each photograph should be detailed on page 3 of the application form.



All application documents including samples (publications, images) will be kept by the Foundation or be destroyed as decided by the Foundation when the selection process is completed. No materials will therefore be returned to applicants.

Final deadline for applications to be received by the Hasselblad Foundation: 1 February 2022


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


The Foundation will distribute a press release announcing the winners and publish the news on its website,




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.