1st Place winner
DESCRIPTIONThe road is winding from the shadow area, through the incredible low hills leading to the coastline. The backlight offers vibrant contrast and relief into the frame. The more we look toward the right side, the more depth comes to our eyes.
Always looking for the dramatic light, the perfect moment. These moody times provide the strongest emotion elevators ever. I adore this kind of weather which sometimes can be so hard on you.
At the beginning of the day, my hopes of catching this type of light were really down as visibility was quite limited.
Starting my hike from the roadside, I poped my snowboard on my back and started hiking up these amazing hills covered with snow, until I could be high enough to look behind me and have more depth insight.
I get stuck in a whiteout after 20 minutes, and think:
"Why am I doing that ?".
One minute later, the sky opens up, and dramatic light casts in, and I think :
"ah that is why..."
My camera is always in my backpack and some days I am really wondering why should I take it with me. These are the days that usually provide the best shooting opportunities.
AUTHORVirgil is from a small French town between Lyon and the Swiss border. From an early age, he always had a set of creative skills that has seen him through a vast array of mediums from cartoon illustration, electronic music production, and finally, photography.
In June 2011, with nothing more than a bag on his back, Virgil set out to explore the world and discover his passion for the great outdoors and photography.
Throughout this time, he has lived in 7 different countries: Australia, New Zealand, Czech Republic, Greece, Finland, Iceland, Norway, including Svalbard, the end of the world, and visited more than 37 others across five continents.
Virgil concentrates mainly on Arctic Landscape and Night Photography. It allows him to express his inner self and invite others to share in the spectacular and unyielding power of mother nature.
''Patience and creativity are all you need.''
Virgil is self-taught and believes in self-guided learning along with mutual knowledge sharing. His unending passion for photography and the outdoors pushes him to improve constantly, making photography part of his everyday life.
NorthernLights are a unique feature of his photography style and lead him to build robust and constructive compositions around them.
The photos you find in his gallery are the result of thousands of hours spent outside in snowstorms, strong winds, temperature extremes, long drives, great hikes, early mornings, late evenings, and a tremendous amount of time spent waiting on nature for that precise, extraordinary moment.
Virgil is always oriented on understanding his surroundings, finding the best angles for his compositions, and finding the right orientation to sublime the light in relation to his chosen subjects.