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 a poem or prose 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 100 most evocative and compelling submissions for inclusion in a coffee table book showcasing diverse Norwegian seascapes and their unique values.

Winning entrants will receive a copy of the book and the top 3 also will receive special recognition and Hurtigurten gift cards in these denominations: 10,000 kr (1st prize); 5000 kr (2nd prize); and 2000 kr (3rd prize).

Submission requirements

Convey with an original photo and prose what the sea means to you. Write your text to accompany your depicted Norwegian seascape.

  • Photo: JPG format, minimum 300 dpi resolution
  • 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 are asked to give the project permission to use your submission for research and dissemination purposes.

Maximum 3 entries.

Please also answer the following 3 questions: 

  • What feelings does your depicted seascape evoke in you?
  • What values do you associate with your depicted seascape?
  • Name the 3 most important values to you related to the sea.

To enter the contest, use this participation link.

Rolling Deadline: Submissions accepted until top 100 photos with text have been selected.

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, sign, and upload the consent form below with your entry.

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