About the festival


During a couple of days in the springtime, on the rugged west coast of Norway, world renowned photography legends, aspiring photographers, students and others interested in photography, art and culture gather in the small and charming coastal city of Kristiansund. The festival program presents lectures, exhibitions, gallery talks, book signings, workshops, portfolio reviews, breakfast movies and more.

Every year we invite around 20 guest photographers to lecture and/or exhibit at our festival. The lectures are filled with first class storytelling, not with technical details. Nordic Light should be synonymous with the best photographers, the best stories and the best pictures. Artistic Director of the festival is the Norwegian photographer Morten Krogvold, who plays a central role in making our festival internationally acclaimed.

I really loved every second! Morten Krogvold’s passion is intoxicating and everyone’s commitment is world class
— Mona Kuhn, guest photographer in 2017

Meet the legends

We might be small in size, but we cope with that by being big on quality. Nordic Light have had the pleasure of having master photographers such as Anton Corbijn, Albert Watson, James Nachtwey, William Klein, Mary Ellen Mark/Martin Bell, Mona Kuhn, Greg Gorman and Sarah Moon.

Our intimate and amazing location facilitates unique meetings between the legendary photographers and the festival visitors. At our festival you can meet the stars of the photography world face-to-face at exhibitions, lectures or even in the festival pub. But Nordic Light is not only attractive to people in the photography business or people interested in photography.  Nordic Light is pretty much about the eye opening meetings between people: between artists and audience, between amateurs and professionals. It’s about sharing stories and experiences. And all of this surrounded by the beautiful blue light of the Atlantic Ocean.

The idea of all the lectures by different photographers is great! I don’t know any other festival that does this to the extent you do.
— Guest photographer in 2017

The story behind

The Nordic Light International Festival of Photography started out as a crazy idea among friends back in 2004. Wouldn't Kristiansund be the perfect location for a photo festival? Kristiansund, beautifully situated on the north-west coast of Norway, where the fjords meet the open sea. A town built on four islands, surrounded by majestic mountains and the mighty Atlantic Ocean. The salty tang of the air that hits you the moment you arrive. Add to this the generous, no-nonsense and cheerful nature of Kristiansund’s people and you have an unbeatable combination.

Why do I have to leave this paradise?
— Lucien Clergue, guest photographer in 2011

With many helping hands, the festival became a reality in 2006, and has been arranged yearly since. A lot has happened through these years ... We now have our own "Nordic Light House", which is the festival hub with café/pub, festival office and three galleries. From being the organizer of the festival, we have grown to be a year-round-organization with exhibitions and different projects going on. 

Our unique location and our high quality program have given us a reputation as a, although small in size, photographic event to notice. Be a part of the adventure.