Won the 1st price for the best photograph

Kristján Maack and Gunnlaugur Snær Ólafsson, the editor for Morgunblaðið's …

Kristján Maack and Gunnlaugur Snær Ólafsson, the editor for Morgunblaðið's 200 mile section. mbl.is/Hákon Pálsson

"We were fishing in Hali fishing grounds, far up north in the midst of cold winter," says the photographer Kristján Maack who won the 1st price in the competition of the best photograph held by 200 miles and Morgunblaðið. His photograph was on the front page of a special edition in celebration of the Fisherman's Day in Iceland last Saturday.

More pictures from the competition can be seen if you scroll down.

Caught a great moment

When Maack is asked how he got this great moment he says he had been walking around the whole ship photographing. "I got this particular view when I was standing in the bridge of the ship where the trawl wires are controlled and you look back into the stern of the boat. The ship was bouncing up and down so there is always a clash when the ship is moving."

He says he saw the sea come rushing in but then there was no fisherman there. "But then one needed to go there with cables. I just waiting on the bridge in the warm next to the captain and was filming. They were yanking the trawl when it was coming in and then a big wave came crashing into the stern and he was running away from it.

The fishermen need to move fast with the weather and the sea," Maack adds. He caught the whole sequence until the wave landed on the fisherman.

The winning photograph. This is a strong photograph that captures …

The winning photograph. This is a strong photograph that captures a dramatic moment that shows the difficult circumstances that Icelandic fishermen have to navigate every day. Ljósmynd/Kristján Maack

"I was so happy that you can see in the picture that the fisherman was fully in his security outfit," he explains and points to the wire that is fastened to the fisherman and the security helmet, the outfit and everything that goes with the security outfit.

"I have gone on many fishing trips, filming for a week and focusing on life on board. It is always great fun and very photogenic."

200 photographs from 100 readers of Morgunblaðið

This year as in the years before Morgunblaðið published a special edition of the Fisherman's Day magazine, but this year the search for the front page photograph was within the group of readers of Morgunblaðið. The competition had the criteria of beautiful pictures, outstanding, spectacular photographs of the sea or fishing in the sea.

Almost 200 photographs were sent to Morgunblaðið from almost 100 readers. The jury admits that it was quite a feat choosing the best photograph because so many outstanding photographs were sent in.

Here are the photographs of the winners and some of the photographs that got special attention from the jury:

2. Jón Stein­ar Sæ­munds­son:

There is a lot of drama in this outstanding photograph …

There is a lot of drama in this outstanding photograph that got the second place in the competition. Ljósmynd/Jón Steinar Sæmundsson

3. Björn Stein­bekk

3. place: The sea is like glass in Eyjafjörður when …

3. place: The sea is like glass in Eyjafjörður when Björg EA sails to shore. Ljósmynd/Björn Steinbekk

Among the top six:

Óðinn Eymundsson:

Beautiful motif in this photograph.

Beautiful motif in this photograph. Ljósmynd/Óðinn Eymundsson

Thom­as Þór Bran­son:

Great photograph that both captures the beauty and the hard …

Great photograph that both captures the beauty and the hard work. Ljósmynd/Thómas Þór Branson

Björg­úlf­ur Kr. Bóas­son:

An original take that completely works.

An original take that completely works. Ljósmynd/Björgúlfur Kr. Bóasson

Other photographs

The best surf: Dúi Landmark

Colourful and impressive photograph that shows mother nature and its …

Colourful and impressive photograph that shows mother nature and its outstanding beauty. Ljósmynd/Dúi Landmark

The most beautiful sunset: Gun­gör Gunn­ar Tamzok

The strong colours in the east give the photograph its …

The strong colours in the east give the photograph its power. Ljósmynd/Gungör Gunnar Tamzok

The most impressive photograph: Hlyn­ur Ágústs­son

The moment when the fisherman has put on all the …

The moment when the fisherman has put on all the security gear and is ready to face a new day at work. Ljósmynd/Hlynur Ágústsson

The happiest fish in the world: Pét­ur Rún­ar Guðmunds­son

Everyone who looks at this photographs are certain that this …

Everyone who looks at this photographs are certain that this cod is smiling. Maybe it was aware of the photographer taking its picture? Ljósmynd/Pétur Rúnar Guðmundsson

The deepest photograph: Þóra Guðna­dótt­ir

One of the most original take in the competition. It …

One of the most original take in the competition. It gives the viewer a different perspective into a different world. Ljósmynd/Þóra Guðnadóttir

The best mirror: Elísa­bet Ólafs­dótt­ir

A lot of photographers look for still seas but they …

A lot of photographers look for still seas but they don't get more like mirrors than this. Ljósmynd/Elísabet Ólafsdóttir

The best photograph of a harbour: Jón Þórðar­son

Many photographs from harbours were sent into the competition and …

Many photographs from harbours were sent into the competition and they all had their special kind of beauty. Still, ther was just something magical about this one. Ljósmynd/Jón Þórðarson

The "sharpest" photograph: Páll Kristjáns­son

A few things are sharper than the swordfish as can …

A few things are sharper than the swordfish as can be seen in this photograph. Ljósmynd/Páll Kristjánsson

The best one from the Westman Islands: Ingi Gunn­ar Gylfa­son

Photographers from the Westman Islands have always sent in many …

Photographers from the Westman Islands have always sent in many photographs to the competition. This year this one was one of the best ones according to the jury. Ljósmynd/Ingi Gunnar Gylfason

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