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Hi there!. After a few weeks lost from civilization and my blog, I am back from Finland. My toes and fingers slowly thaw and come back to life!:)

Visiting the boreal forest had been a long dream of mine, and making it coincide with the coldest temperatures of the year really was a good idea.

I was looking for a great experience and I found a dream. I got lost in a magical world of snow, ice and frost. A world of silence. A world of waiting. I came back marked by the experience.

I will post a blog article soon about this trip, as way too many things are to be said…Surrealist place, surrealist experience, extremely tough conditions, lots of lessons learnt, lots of fond memories captured, lots of new plans and dreams sparked by this trip too…

One of the experiences was shooting and spending the day at -40C, when the wind blows and you get into the fresh snow till your knees even with the snowshoes. But the pain is quickly forgotten.

Cold covers every single tree with a thick coat of frost and snow, making them bow and bend. Wandering on that hill, I could only think of them as sleeping creatures, braving the winter, waiting for the spring to come back to life.

I was happy to have brought with me all the expedition gear…I was happy too that there was nobody else to see me looking like a Botero sculpture! Down is not sexy…

It is great to see you back!

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I am extremely glad to announce that 4 of my images have been awarded in the last edition of the renowned “Memorial Maria Luisa” Nature Photography Awards, in the categories “Mountain Landscape”, “Natural Landscapes” and “Plant World”. Founded 20 years ago, this contest has risen incredibly in popularity in the last decade, drawing every year more tens of thousands of images from the best professionals in the field of nature  photography of over 50 countries in the world…

You can see here the winning images for all the categories. Incredible photography!!!

This is a really good stroke indeed, which will keep me pushing my boundaries doing what I like the most: photographing the natural world and making others dream a bit with the results!!

Thanks for all your support, and great light to you ;-)

rafael

Finalist "Mountain Landscape"

 

Finalist "Natural Landscapes"

 

Finalist "Plant life"

 

Finalist "Mountain Landscape"

 

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I am really glad to announce that one of my images had been awarded a “Highly Commended” mention on the Naturescapes Images of the Year awards!

Each week the moderators and staff of NatureScapes.Net select one photo that particularly stands out in each of the image critique galleries. This photo becomes that gallery’s Image of the Week, and at year end one image is selected from these to be the gallery’s Image of the Year. Taking into account the number of great photographers who contribute every day to this forum I am quite honored to have one of my images amongst the winners this year!

You can see my winning image, its description and the rest of winning images here!

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