January 30-February 5, 2012 - GRID-Arendal's Lawrence Hislop is attending a University of Lapland and UArctic workshop to explore collaboration on Arctic Nature Photography. The meetings started in Kuusamo at the Oulanka Research Station, University of Oulu where Riku Paavola, Director of the Research Station introduced the station’s photography related activities.
After Kuusamo, the group convened at the University of Lapland, where they met with Rector Mauri Ylä-Kotola, Dean of the Faculty of Art and Design who also leads the UArctic Thematic Network on Arctic Art and Design, and researchers at the Arctic Centre. The workshop continues in extremely cold temperatures in Pyhätunturi in northern Finland, hosted by Outi Snellman, lead of UArctic’s International Secretariat. Professor Juha Suonpää, recently appointed Professor of Nature Photography at the University of Lapland and Lawrence Hislop, head of UNEP’s polar programme, lead discussions on cooperation within the area of nature photography in the context of UArctic with a group of prominent photographers, researchers and educators from a broad range of backgrounds.