Naturalist Guide / Contributing Photographer
Eirik Grønningsæter (1977) Eirik has been a professional wildlife photographer and nature guide since 2007. For his images, famous for capturing the essence of habitat and the behaviour of the animal he is photographing, he has been awarded in competitions like BBC Wildlife Photographer of the year and European wildlife photographer of the year (GDT) as well as been published in prestigious magazines such as National Geographic. He has held several exhibitions, and published one book. In between his photography and guiding, he works as a field biologist doing fieldwork for various scientific projects. His main interest is birds, but he has also worked with animals such as whales, large predators and bats in different parts of the world.
He has become in love with the polar environment, and has worked in Svalbard every season since 2001. He visited the Antarctic for the first time in 2008. Through his work as a field biologist and photographer, he has gained extensive polar bear experience – with most of the meetings being on foot. His wide range of knowledge within animal behaviour ensures that an expedition with Eirik is always something more than”just” a photography trip. Eirik is highly sought after guide and photographer in polar expeditions.