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Capture of the Day: Valentina Brancaforte

I love sharing this image today, on Earth Day, of a wolf taken by Italian photographer Valentina Brancaforte during her winter 2017 trip to Norway’s Lofoten archipelago Polar Park Arctic Wildlife Center during a workshop with photographer and instructor Luca Bracali. The beautiful photo was also featured by National Geographic: http://www.nationalgeographic.it/wallpaper/2017/02/02/foto/la_mia_foto_il_meglio_di_gennaio-3407098/2/ I was lucky enough to meet Valentina during a stop in Rome in March. Thank you for your friendship, congratulations on your successes and much appreciation…

Experience of a Lifetime: Sea Eagles in Lofoten Archipelago!

Gunnar Skjeseth deftly maneuvers his 11-meter high performance RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) through the rough swells out of the harbor at Svolvær, Norway and slows at a series of rock outcroppings just offshore across the bay. He looks up towards the rocky ledges and whistles. Nothing. He whistles again, then throws a herring to the gulls. When the gulls start screaming, he said, the eagles pay even better attention. I went out recently in a…

Perched on the Wild Edge of the World

In Norway’s historic Lofoten Archipelago village of Nusfjord, strips of codfish strung on poles near the harbor flap in the arctic wind like prayer flags. Here in the islands, cod caught during the run from the arctic’s Barents Sea to Lofoten spawning areas in late winter is still cold-air cured for “stockfish” in the old way, on long wooden racks out in the open, as it’s been done for more than a thousand years. And…

Looking for a true adventure? Look no further.

Renowned Italian photographer, journalist and explorer Luca Bracali has announced his 2017 workshop schedule, with locations including India, Norway, Namibia and Iceland, among others. I met Luca in Italy while attending the 2016 Siena International Photography Awards (SIPA) Contest event and the Siena Art Photo Travel Festival and quickly learned that not only is he a talented photographer, but extremely passionate and dedicated to his true calling — shedding light on environmental issues around the…