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Erlend Haarberg and Orsolya Haarberg

Erlend Haarberg and Orsolya Haarberg are a Norwegian/Hungarian couple. They have been working together as freelance nature photographers since 2004. They live in the woods close to Trondheim in Norway, and they specialize in landscape and wildlife photography in the Nordic countries in Europe.

Erlend (born in 1966) wanted to be a professional nature photographer ever since he bought his first camera at the age of 15. One of his early projects was photographing mountain hares in the Norwegian mountains, which gave him unique images of this rarely seen species in the beginning of the 90’s. He literally spent years with a couple of individuals of ptarmigan, hare, roe deer, red deer, reindeer and moose. He spent most of his time alone in the wild until he met Orsolya.

Orsolya (born in 1977) graduated as a landscape architect. Later studied in the framework of a PhD programme, researching the feeding behaviour of Eurasian beavers. This path of her life ended when she met Erlend in Norway in 2004, and she gave way to her hobby, nature photography, she was passionate about since her early 20’s. Orsolya is primarily a landscape photographer but also does wildlife photography, with a special interest in capturing birds and mammals in the surrounding wild landscape.

For Erlend and Orsolya, nature photography is a lifestyle. They live in nature for long periods, either in their tent, caravan, or mountain cabin, following the rhythm and feeling every beat of the changing seasons. In doing so, they witness scenes in nature that only a few others are fortunate enough to experience.

Their images have gained awards in several international photo contests including the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year, GDT European WPY, Nature’s Best Photography Awards, Golden Turtle etc.. In Norway, Erlend won the title “Nature Photographer of the Year” six times between 1986 and 2000. In Hungary, Orsolya was awarded the title of “The Nature Photographer of the Year” in 2009 and 2011.

Together they have published 3 books: Lapland – the Alaska of Europe (published by National Geographic Hungary in English and Hungarian, and by National Geographic Germany in German); Iceland – land of contrasts (published by NG Hungary in English and Hungarian); Iceland in all its splendour (FORLAGID Publishing House; English, German and Icelandic editions).

So far they completed one article for National Geographic Magazine, titled Iceland’s resilient beauty in May 2012.