Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities

Norwegian seascapes contest

The sea represents different values to different people. The project Managing Ethical Norwegian Seascape Activities is capturing what the sea means to Norwegians.

A coastal landscape with houses, small islands and a mountain range on the horizon
Norwegian seascape depicting the coastal community of Lovund in the Vega Archipelago.
Mimi E. Lam

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The project, funded by the Research Council of Norway, aims to integrate the diverse sea-based values and identities of Norwegian citizens and stakeholders into future sustainable and equitable management of Norway's oceans.

Be part of the national conversation! Express your unique sea-related values and identity using a photo with caption and short accompanying text (e.g., poem or prose) that captures what the sea means to you. Write text for a photo that you have taken or take a photo to illustrate a piece of your writing and share your sea inspirations with us and your fellow Norwegians!

Judges will select the most evocative and compelling submissions of diverse Norwegian seascapes and their values.

The top 3 winning entrants will receive Hurtigruten gift cards: (1) 10,000 kr; (2) 5000 kr; and (3) 2000 kr. The top 10 entries will be enlarged and framed for public exhibitions in Vega on 1 – 2 Sept. 2024 and at the UiB Museum 28 – 29 Sept. 2024. The top 100 will be featured in a coffee table book and winning entrants will receive a copy of the book.

Submission requirements

Convey with an original photo and text what the sea means to you. Write your text to accompany your depicted Norwegian seascape. Describe the feelings and values that your seascape evokes in you.

  • Photo: JPG format, minimum 300 dpi resolution (higher resolution may be requested)
  • Caption: 10 words maximum (in bokmal or Nynorsk AND English)
  • Prose: 100 words maximum (in bokmal, Nynorsk OR English) in any format, e.g., prose or poetry.

With your entry, you retain your copyright, but the MENSA project may use your submission for research and dissemination purposes.

Maximum 3 entries.

Please answer the additional question:

Name the 3 most important values that you connect with the sea.


Entrants must be a Norwegian citizen or permanent resident. Open to all ages. Depending on submissions, separate categories may be created for professional photographers and writers, youth, etc.

To enter the contest, use this participation link.

Deadline: 15 September 2024

Please note that taking part in this contest entails participation in the MENSA research project, funded by the Research Council of Norway (#303663). Thus we need your consent. If you want to participate in the contest, please read the participation information form on the MENSA website and indicate your consent by clicking in the accompanying box.

If you have any questions, please contact MENSA project leader Dr Mimi E. Lam (mimi.lam[at]uib.no, +47 484 04 622).