A love of the Arctic led Norwegian marine biologist and Canon Ambassador Audun Rikardsen to blaze a trail that combined both his passions.
It's fair to say there aren't many photographers like Audun. Not only is he a professional wildlife photographer, but he is also a science professor at UiT, The Arctic University of Norway. He possesses talent, knowledge and resources that have allowed him to capture spectacular scenes above and below the water and, just as often, in-between the two with equipment adapted for split-level photography.
Audun's close-up yet wide-angle images typically feature whales, caribou, eagles and other birds, as well as many species of fish and invertebrates. Expect to see an Arctic creature basking in the icy seas below the low-lit backdrop of snow-clad landscapes, or enigmatic night skies illuminated by the Northern Lights. "I often get ideas for 'impossible' pictures that have not been taken before," he explains.