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Swedish EPA Names Serkan Gûnes Nature Photographer of the Year

08/06/2010 Hasselblad photographer Serkan Gûnes has been named Nature Photographer of the Year (2009) by The Environmental Protection Agency of Sweden. The agency honored Gûnes with their 19th annual scholarship, a cash prize of SEK 15,000, along with an invitation to exhibit his work at the Museum of Natural History.

Serkan Gûnes, 30, moved to Sweden 10 years ago from Istanbul. Starting his work as a nature photographer just eight years ago, he has made quite a name for himself. Gûnes is the first and only Swedish photographer to win the "Eric Hosking Award," an honor he received from BBC Wildlife Magazine and the Natural History Museum in London.

© Serkan Gûnes / Rimfrost Morgon, Trosaån, Södermanland, Sverige. December 2009.

"Serkan Gûnes has a master's ability to capture the beauty of the everyday landscape," said Maria Ågren, EPA Director General. "We eagerly look forward to autumn and the publication of his book Stockholm, Archipelago, Lake and Woods."  

In response to being named Nature Photographer of the Year, Gûnes replied, "It is an honor and a great pleasure to receive this award. It proves that you can achieve anything with willpower. Nature photography is not only my profession; it is my passion, part of my lifestyle. I hope I can inspire others to find the beauty in nature right in their own neighborhoods. I thank the Environmental Protection Agency and wish to say again, that this award is truly an honor."

For more on award winner Serkan Gûnes, click here to see his profile in the Hasselblad User Showcase. Or visit his website, www.serkangunes.com. Please also click here to visit his profile on the Hasselblad Owners' Club. 

Text by Alice B. Miller