Nordic Light International Festival of Photography


Nordic Light International Festival of Photography is a one week international gathering that celebrates photography as an art. The festival’s philosophy is to bring photography out to the people, to define what is a good photography, but also to give the photography strength as a mean of communication. 

Mother and Cild, Photo Julia Fullerton
Mother and Child, Photo Julia Fullerton

Other arts have always been a source of inspiration and knowledge for photography and in combination with world events, philosophy and cultural expressions, photography has become what it is today.

Nordic Light International Festival of Photography is a one week international gathering that celebrates photography as an art. festival the locals, international photographers, students, amateurs and pupils gather in what has become a melting point of photographic and cultural events. For those interested in photography, professional photographers are available for portfolio reviewing.

Photo: Roger Brendhagen
Photo: Roger Brendhagen

What they all have in common is the desire to explore the moment. In this act different types of photographers may increase their knowledge and understanding of photography as art. In addition cultural impulses as exhibitions, workshops, presentations, portfolio reading, breakfast cinema, Face to Face, literature and music are important cultural contributions to the photographers development.

The main goal of the Nordic Light International Festival of Photography’s is to create the most important meeting place for photography in Europe. A second aim is to contribute to a stronger engagement and higher understanding of a good photography. Nordic Light wants to be a spokesman of the photography’s purpose as a positive and creative activity. This may be avaible by continuously arranging workshops, conferences, exhibitions and seminars the whole year through.

Nordic Light  wants to take advantage of the competence, experience and knowledge obtained during its existence to become better and better. The organization is financed by national, municipal and local subsidies as well as private investors who all want to contribute to a vital cultural life with great variety.

Nordic Light International Festival of Photography – A photographic springtime sensation

Since its beginnings in 2006, Nordic Light has achieved incredible success. The unique visits increased from 12,000 in 2006 to a staggering 70,000 in 2012. The main reason for this is the festival’s collection of top ranking photographers; the unique possibility to meet the stars of the photographic world face-to-face at exhibitions, lectures or even down the pub. However, we also have to pay homage to this amazing location. Kristiansund is beautifully situated on the north-west coast of Norway where fjord meets open sea. The town is built on four islands and is surrounded by majestic mountains and the mighty Atlantic Ocean. The salty tang of the air hits you the moment you arrive here. Add to this the generous, no-nonsense, cheerful nature of Kristiansund’s people and you have an unbeatable combination.

Photo: Sarah Cooper
Photo: Sarah Cooper

Through the years the Festival has had the pleasure of welcoming a star speckled gallery of national and international artists. The festival has become a magnet for anyone interested in photography and anyone interested in seeing the world though others’ eyes.

From festival to centre

The festival has become a popular gathering for photographers and anyone interested in photography, and an arena for showing the diversity of photographic expression.

Nordic Light took a new step in the summer of 2010, and has now established what aims to be Northern Europe’s centre of excellence for photography, Nordic Light International Centre of Photography (NLICP). Through several workshops and exhibitions during the year, Nordic Light is making Kristiansund and Nordmøre into a photographic arena.

This year’s festival: May 6 – 10