Roy Mangersnes is a trained behaviouralist and professional wildlife photographer living in Sandnes, southwestern Norway. Roy is a former Nikon ambassador and is considered among the most influential nature photographers in Norway today. He has published several books, as well as won multiple international awards including BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2010 and 2011, European Wildlife Photographer of the Year (GDT) 2010, and 2009 and also Nature Best Awards 2012. Roy is working around the world and his images are being published in magazines and books all over. He is also an experienced speaker and has been presenting his work at several international photo festivals. Roy is also being used as a photography teacher on private expedition yachts.
Roy is currently a 500px Brand Ambassador. See 500px profile for details and profile.
Roy is one of the founding photographers of the Penguin World NGO, working to address conservation issues in our oceans, using penguins as ambassadors. As part of the photography team he will be doing assignments do document the magical world of penguins. Visit the Penguin World website to make a donation.
Being a conservationist by heart Roy has also been selected to be a photographer in some of the greatest conservation photography projects in the world, the Wild Wonders of China and Photographers Against Wildlife Crime. He did an assignment with the VD of the Wild Wonders of China, Staffan Widstrand, to Dehong in Yunnan in April/May 2017, and has been delivering images and stories to the upcoming book on wildlife crime.
Besides his carer as a photographer Roy is partner and professional photographic host in WildPhoto Travel. He will be doing assignments around the world to destinations ranging from the Arctic to the Antarctic, also visiting destinations in Africa and the Galapagos Island. The company office is in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, where WildPhoto also have opened the northernmost fine-art gallery in the world.
For me nature photography is not all about pleasing my own need to create. Of course being happy with a picture is very important, but very often there is a story behind it that needs to be told. What separates a good image from the rest is when this story is being told to the viewer. If I succeed in telling the story I will be happy. A really good image needs to tell a story, and at best create a response from the receiver. If the image is living through the receiver, and not forgotten, I have really taken a good picture. I am always aware of the message sent through my photography, and consider my camera a very powerful weapon if used correctly. One picture tells more than a thousand words.