In Hannu's Footsteps - The Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre
In Hannu's Foot steps - The Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre

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Hannu Hautala to hold an exhibition in Barcelona, Spain

Hannu Hautala's photography exhibition has finished its tour in Germany, and is opening in Barcelona, Spain later this year. Every two years the Manlleu Camera Club (Barcelona) holds a tribute to some photographer to introduce his/her work to the Spanish population, and to enrich the visual culture of the photographic community. This year the tribute goes to Hannu Hautala, as one of the pioneers in nature photography in Europe. This year, they've created a brand new contest called "Aditum". For more information:



Lassi Rautiainen holds an exhibition in the Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre

Brand new exhibitions by Hannu Hautala also on display

This fall, Hannu Hautala's exhibitions present a variety of interesting subjects. The Classics include five photographs that show different shades of the colour red. The theme exhibition is called Visitors in Kuusamo, presenting a selection or birds that are rare in Kuusamo but have been spotted here nevertheless. The Rocking Chair series is all about the season of autumn and its colours and landscapes.

Lassi Rautiainen in the Hall of the Siberian Jay

From Kuhmo to Kuusamo

I have been taking photos in Kuusamo since 1978 and I started bear photography in Kuhmo in 1987, having previously photographed brown bears in my home municipality of Suomussalmi way back in 1978.

My work as a wildlife photographer has changed direction several times purely by chance.  Nowadays some 600 clients a year from 30 different countries come to Kuikka, our base camp in Kuhmo, to photograph brown bears, wolves, wolverines, golden eagles, owls, other wild birds, and landscapes. We organise similar photo safaris in Kuusamo concentrating on eagles, owls, winter bird residents, the Aurora borealis, or landscapes.

Russian Karelia is also a frequent destination of ours.

No longer solely a nature photographer, I am also a safari leader, guide, trainer and photo hide photography consultant.

I took my first wildlife photos in 1974 and my first bear pictures in 1979. My long career in the sector has not dampened my enthusiasm for photographing predators and other wild subjects – there is just no room for common sense where passions are concerned!

Lassi Rautiainen