Photo competition - WINNER

The winning entry!

The winning entry! Photo: Sigurður William Brynjarsson

Sig­urður William Brynj­ars­son is the winner of Ice­land Monitor’s midnig­ht-sun photo com­pe­titi­on, with the photograph shown abo­ve.

The photograph was taken in the lava fields outsi­de Hafn­ar­fjörður with the sun sett­ing over Reykja­vik.

Sig­urður is originally from Patreksfjörður in the West Fjords region of Iceland and now lives in Hafnarfjörður in Greater Reykjavik. He also has roots in the United States.

The enigmatic cyclist in the photo is Sig­urður’s brother-in-law. Sigurður had promised to take a photograph of him on his bike under the Northern Lights, but the pair did not get round to it until the midnight sun made its appearance!

“I can no longer really say that photography is just a hobby,” says Sig­urður. “I work in cooperation with tour operators taking tourists on photography tours. I help them with their camera equipment to enable them to get the perfect shot.”

Sigurður receiving his prize.

Sigurður receiving his prize. Photo: Kristinn Ingvarsson

As advertised, Sig­urður’s prize is a helicopter trip to the top of Mount Esja, a famous Reykjavik sight, courtesy of Helo.

Herdís Anna Þorvaldsdóttir, Accountable Manager at Helo, joined the victorious Sig­urður at Iceland Monitor today and described the experience awaiting our winner.

“Our helicopter is the newest in Iceland,” says Herdís. “And its special windows and seat arrangement offer incomparable views for passengers.”

Sig­urður’s prize trip is described as offering “a unique and fascinating perspective on Reykjavík”. Our winner is certainly very excited about his first trip in a helicopter and hopes to take the opportunity to – you guessed it – take some more photographs!

The short list

Over 100 photos were received by budding photographers vying for the special prize. A short list of twelve was selected by Iceland Monitor journalists, from which Morgunblaðið photographers chose the overall winner.

The other eleven magnificent photographs on the short list can be seen below (in no particular order).

Photo: Finnur Andrésson

Photo: Finnur Andrésson

Photo: David Cook

Photo: David Cook

Photo: Jessica Bowe

Photo: Jessica Bowe

Photo: Guðni Þór Sigurðsson

Photo: Guðni Þór Sigurðsson

Photo: Kerstin Feigl

Photo: Kerstin Feigl

Photo: Renate Kienbacher

Photo: Renate Kienbacher

Photo: Lilja Guðmundsdóttir

Photo: Lilja Guðmundsdóttir

Photo: Hekla Jósepsdóttir

Photo: Hekla Jósepsdóttir

Photo: Birgir Örn Sigurðsson

Photo: Birgir Örn Sigurðsson

Photo: Almar Þorleifsson

Photo: Almar Þorleifsson

Photo: Aron Víðisson

Photo: Aron Víðisson

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