The story behind the artwork
Cold at surface / Killer whale blowing in – 18 grader C. Best overall Picture in European Wildlife photographer of the year (GDT)2016. Awarded in “Wildlife photographer of the year 2016” and “The Arctic photographer of the year (2017)”.
Free Minor Africa (FMA) is a non-profit, non-governmental initiative whose objective is to reinsert back into society minors who have had trouble with the law in Sierra Leone. FMA is based in Barcelona, Spain and in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
In its first phase, FMA is focused on youths that have been imprisoned in Pademba prison. These minors want to return to normal society; some dream of studying, others want to find work even if their opportunities are scarce in one of the world’s poorest nations. The majority come from broken families that left their home or are orphans.
This is the story that SeaLegacy tells. This is the story that sparks a global conversation, and the story that inspires people to act. We believe that producing powerful media and art that gives people hope is imperative. Hope is empowerment. Hope is a solution. Hope is a game changer.
We are a collective of some of the most experienced and renowned photographers, filmmakers and storytellers working on behalf of our oceans.
Audun Rikardsen was born in 1968, (originally from Steigen in Nordland). Now living in Tromsø, Northern Norway. He has been a nature photographer since 2010. He grew up in Steigen, a small fishing community in Northern Norway and have always been fascinated by the Arctic’s rough landscape, culture, and wildlife, both above and below the ocean’s surface. I work as a full time professor in biology at the University of Tromsø. Most of my pictures are taken locally or during job-related field work. Photography is combined with my other interests where I utilize knowledge about biology and the coastal area. For me, nature photography is about having fun, remembering special moments, and sharing my fascination of the Arctic coastline’s wildlife and culture, often from new and unusual perspectives. (Read more…).