UNEO GRID Arendal Photo Library, Peter ProkoschUNEO GRID Arendal Photo Library, Peter ProkoschThe Grand Prize of the photography competition in cooperation with our sponsors is a photography trip to Ilulissat, Greenland in the beginning of September 2015. Ilulissat Icefjord is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with unique scenery and natural beauty – a photographers' dream!

  • Return tickets from Reykjavík Iceland to Ilulissat provided by the Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network 
  • Return tickets from a location of your choosing to and from Reykjavík as long as their value does not exeed $2000 provided by Alcoa as part of their overall sponsorship of the Arctic Biodiversity Congress
  • Hotel Arctic the world's most northerly four star hotel will provide accomodations for up to six nights
  • World of Greenland will provide a boat trip and accomodations for up to two nights at Eqip Sermia, also called "the calving glacier",
  • Ilulissat Water Taxi will provide a boat trip designed for photographers in the world heritage site illulissat Icefjord





The prize is only available to participants over the age of 18. The prizes are fixed and not in any manor exchangable. The winner is requested prior to accepting the prize to sign a waver of responsibility acknowledging that he bears the sole responsibility of his travels. The prize is limited to the items mentioned above and all additional possible costs are the responsibility of the prize winner. 


The winner from each of the categories (business and science, Arctic biodiversity, landscape, Arctic peoples and two categories of young photographers) will win a high quality winter parka suitable for photography in the high north courtesy of Cintamani, makers of high quality outdoor clothing. The parkas are called Eyþór (male) and Eydís (female).


Cintamani an Arctic project since 1989

In 1989 Cintamani started making the first prototypes of clothing aimed at protecting Icelanders from the severe Arctic winters.

In the mid-nineties a production unit was started in Akureyri, in the north of Iceland. Around this time the project got its name, Cintamani. The word Cintamani originates from ancient Sanskrit and means "the jewel of good wishes".

Cintamani quickly earned the trust of core users and outdoor enthusiasts alike and in 1997, the first Icelanders to climb Mt. Everest, Björn Ólafsson, Einar K. Stefánsson and Hallgrímur Magnússon were wearing Cintamani clothes. Haraldur Örn Ólafsson, Ingþór Bjarnason and Ólafur Örn Haraldsson also wore Cintamani on their 1997-98 expedition to the South Pole and later to their hazardous expedition to the North Pole.










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