Kuusamo is one of the most well-known nature photography location in Europe. We present Kuusamo as a paradise for nature photography. Kuusamo is the capital of nature photography in Europe whose ”mayor by virtue of his office” is internationally the most well-known Finnish nature photographer Hannu Hautala.
Kuusamo is situated in Finland between the Gulf of Bothnia and the White sea close to the Russian border. Kuusamo is well-known among nature photographers. The topography of the area is varying. Thanks to the lime contents of the soil the flora of the area includes such rarities as Calypso bulbosa, Lady’s slipper, Mountain avens, Alpine arnica and other plants needing lime.
Kuusamo’s specialities bird species for example of Owls are Hawk Owl, Great Grey Owl, Pygmy Owl and Tengmalm’s (Boreal) Owl. Also Black Grouse, Capercaillie, Hazel Grouse, Willow Grouse, Red-Flanked Bluetail, Rustic Bunting, Little Bunting, Waxwing, Smew and Black-throated diver are interesting species in Kuusamo.
Kuusamo Nature Photography (company owner Olli Lamminsalo) arranges nature photography tours specializing in birds and landscape. For the past 10 years, he has been leading bird and nature photography courses and developing a network of nature photography hides according to the needs of photographers. There are over 20 hides for different bird species (e.g. Golden Eagle, Black Grouse, Capercaillie, Osprey, Owls, Woodpeckers in use. He has almost 20 years’ experience of the fowl and bird guiding in Kuusamo area.
Paavo Hamunen has been a professional photographer over 30 years. He keeps nature photography courses, takes photos for picture agencies, newspapers and magazines, makes picture books etc. He photographs landscape, plants, close-ups, and birds. In 1997 he won the category In Praise of Plants in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition. He was awarded an honorary mention in the same category in 1999. He became second in the plant category of the GDT competition 2003.
We arrange Nature Photography tours and guided birds excursion for small groups all year round. Don´t hesitate to contact us: info@KuusamoNaturePhotography.fi