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Meet the Spring on Åland – Photo Workshop 27-29 May 2022


Join us on Åland in May for an exciting nature photography weekend. At the end of May the Åland Islands are a paradise for both plant and bird photographers. A mild climate, lime-rich soils, and grazed coastal meadows give a rich and varied flora which is unequalled anywhere else in Finland. Several species of orchids bloom abundantly at this time of year and the meadows and woods are carpeted with wildflowers. In addition, the Åland archipelago is a paradise for migratory birds to breed. At the end of May the landscape is a myriad of fresh greens, the days are long, the nights are light and the weather is usually good.


The course will start at 16.00 on Friday and finish at 13.00 on Sunday.                                              


On this photography workshop with internationally celebrated nature photographer Andy Horner, we will go through techniques for photographing flowering plants both close-up and as a part of the landscape. We will also cover the basics of photographing wild birds. And of course, we will spend a lot of time in the field.


You will need to bring along a digital camera with wide angle and telephoto lenses (or zoom) and a close-up lens if you have one; spare batteries and your own laptop.


This workshop is a cooperation between Northern Light Photography/Andy Horner and Åland Expeditions & Events.

Price: 645 euro including course program, meals, shared double room at Stalldalen and transport from/to Mariehamn harbour. Ferry tickets to Åland not included in the price.


Reservations to Last reservation date is 15.4. 2022. Reservations are binding.

During the course we will cover the following:


Techniques for photographing flowering plants, angles, perspective, focal length, depth of field and backgrounds; different lighting conditions and set-ups; close-up techniques with macro equipment; flowering plants as part of the landscape.


The best places to find wild birds and ethical techniques for getting close to them; capturing birds in flight, different perspectives and lighting; birds as part of the landscape. During the field sessions participants will work on specific photo tasks and there will be feedback sessions.



Day 1 Friday 27.5

14.30 Transfer from harbour in Mariehamn

15.00 Arrive Stalldalen pensionat. Welcome drink, presentation and check-in

16.00 Introduction to the basics of plant photography – what to photograph and how.

18.00 Dinner

19.00 Excursion to Prästgårdsnäset or Ramsholmen nature reserves. Photo task.

Ca 22.00 Return to Stalldalen.

Day 2 Saturday 28.5

8.00 Breakfast

9.00 Whole day excursion to the Båtskären archipelago south of Mariehamn, a paradise for seabirds, where voluntary efforts are being made to protect the breeding eider colony there. We have a packed lunch with us

17.00 Return to Stalldalen

18.00 Dinner at Stallhagen Brewery

19.00-20.30 Techniques for bird photography. Rest of the evening free to work on own photos from yesterday evening and today, or to explore the beautiful lakeshore surroundings of Stalldalen.

Day 3 Sunday 29.5

6.00 Excursion to wetlands south of Mariehamn for bird photography

8.30 Breakfast

9.00 Time to work on own photos

10.00 Feedback on photo tasks

12.00 Lunch

13.00 Transfer to Mariehamn

Please note, times and program may be changed at short notice due to weather conditions.

Andy Horner – Bio


Andy Horner, born in the north of England, is an internationally respected nature photographer and photography teacher based in the Finnish Åland Islands.


Andy lectures widely in the Nordic countries and has led photo courses and photosafaris on five continents. He has published ten photo books and an annual photo calendar and his work has been exhibited widely in all the Nordic and Baltic countries. Andy´s work has won prizes in the Finnish ”Vuoden luontokuva” competition and in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year.


You can follow Andy Horner´s work on Instagram @andhorner.

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