Kuusamo is one of the best known locations in Europe for nature photography – a paradise for nature photographers, Europe’s capital of nature photography. Its ”mayor by virtue of his office” is Hannu Hautala, our grand old man and a world-class pioneer of nature and wildlife photography.
Kuusamo is in the northeast Finland, close to the Russian border, with the Gulf of Bothnia in the west and the White Sea in the east. Kuusamo has a widely varying topography, and considering its high northern latitude, an exceptionally high biological diversity. Thanks to the lime in the soil the flora of the area includes such rarities as Calypso bulbosa, Lady’s slipper, Mountain avens, Alpine arnica to name a few.
Kuusamo specialities include owl species such as the Hawk Owl, Great Grey Owl, Pygmy Owl and Tengmalm’s (Boreal) Owl. Other interesting birds in Kuusamo are the Black Grouse, Capercaillie, Hazel Grouse, Willow Grouse, Red-Flanked Bluetail, Rustic Bunting, Little Bunting, Waxwing, Smew and Black-throated Diver.
Kuusamo Nature Photography arranges nature photography tours specializing in birds and landscape. For the past 10 years, the owner Olli Lamminsalo has offered bird and nature photography courses and workshops. With an extensive network of photo hides – over 20 hides for different bird species, such as the Golden Eagle, Black Grouse, Capercaillie, Osprey, Owls, Woodpeckers – he takes the needs and wishes of wildlife photographers seriously. Olli has almost 20 years of experience in bird guiding in and around Kuusamo.
Paavo Hamunen has been a professional photographer for over 30 years. He gives nature photography courses and workshops, takes photos for picture agencies, newspapers and magazines, makes books. Paavo photographs landscape, plants, macro, and birds. In 1997 he won the category In Praise of Plants in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. He got an Highly Commended in the same category in 1999, and reached second place in the plant category of the GDT competition in 2003.
Together we arrange nature and wildlife photography tours and guided birds excursions for small groups all year round. To contact us, write to info@KuusamoNaturePhotography.fi