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Behind the Scenes: Photographer Paul Armstrong’s Iceland Video

Photo by Paul Armstrong

Photographer Paul Armstrong won Grand Prize in our Ultimate Story contest last month. His winning video ‘ISLANDIA – A Photographer’s Heaven‘ features stunning images of frozen landscapes and a gorgeous portrayal of the Northern Lights. Capturing the scenery didn’t come easy. Paul and his team battled some harsh conditions and of course, were at the mercy of mother nature. Read below to learn about his journey photographing Iceland.

“The purpose of the trip was to photograph the Northern Lights ( Auroras ) as well as the ice on the beach at Jökulsárlón Glacier lagoon. We selected January as the nights were long giving us the best possibility to photograph the auroras and the days were cool so the ice would stay a long time at the lagoon. Temperature range along the southern coast was surprising +3C to -3C or 27F – 37F letting us spend lots of time outdoors and not have to be bundled up in parkas.

We heard Iceland would be windy, but we had no idea of the strength of the wind. But with wind you get wave action and this made for some great shooting while waiting for the auroras. Mother nature plays a big role in photographing auroras and she granted us 3 nights where we had cloudless to partly cloudy skies. Mother nature did not allow us any sunrises or sunsets while we were at the lagoon, preventing us from photographing icebergs in the magic light.

photo by Paul Armstrong

Iceland is a fantastic place to photograph landscapes. The land changes every 10 minutes, around every bend in the road giving you options to photograph lava of all shapes and sizes, waterfalls, mosses, ice caves, icebergs, wildlife, Icelandic horses as well as hills and valleys.

I will be going back for a third time.”

– Paul Armstrong

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Enter your own video into our Ultimate Story contest, a new theme was just announced!

 

Ultimate Story Contest: Enter Your Best Wedding Videos

Get your cameras ready! We’re in search of the ultimate wedding story, told through the creative use of photos ,videos and audio. Enter your best wedding and engagement videos for a chance to win some awesome prizes from Panasonic Lumix, Profoto, Colormunki, Photodex and Resource Magazine.

All entries must be received by December 10th. The grand prize winner will be announced January 2, 2015.

Click here to learn more and enter! It’s totally free and open to contestents world-wide!

 

New Contest: Enter Your Best Travel, Adventure and Nature Videos

Get your cameras ready! We’re in search of the ultimate adventure story, told through the creative use of photos ,videos and audio. Enter your best travel, nature and landscape videos for a chance to win some fabulous prizes from Panasonic Lumix, Profoto, Colormunki, Photodex and Resource Magazine.

Whether you’ve captured a photo safari, trip of a lifetime, scenic landscapes or some backyard macros, we want to see your best visual stories. All entries must be received by September 10th. The grand prize winner will be announced September 20, 2014.

Click here to learn more and enter! It’s totally free and open to contestents world-wide!

 

Announcing The Ultimate Story Video Contest

Our industry is flooded with contests – always looking for the ultimate image. Well we’ve set out in search of the Ultimate Story – told through the creative use of still images, video and music.

The video below will fill you in more and then a click on the link and you can get all the details, prize information and meet the judges. This first contest in the series kicks off April 1. Final date for submissions is June 10 and the winner will be announced on June 20, 2014.

One Grand Prize Winner Gets These Awesome Prizes:

This is more than just another photography contest. This is about finding great storytellers, no matter what your story is about – weddings, vacations, outdoor/wildlife, family, children and pet photography, whatever your creative spirit decides to share.

Click here to enter and learn more >>