Photo: Tommy Rustad

Photo: Tommy Rustad


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

Every year we invite around 20 guest photographers to our festival. The lectures are filled with first class storytelling and Nordic Light always strives to present the best photographers, the best stories and the best exhibitions. 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

We might be small in size, but we are big on quality! Nordic Light have had the pleasure of having photographers such as Anton Corbijn, Albert Watson, James Nachtwey, William Klein, Mary Ellen Mark/Martin Bell, Mona Kuhn, Greg Gorman and Sarah Moon visiting. All are attracted by our intimate festival located on the wild cost of Norway. At our festival you can meet the stars of the photography world face-to-face at exhibitions, lectures or even in the festival pub. Nordic Light is all 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.

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

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. Add to this the generous, no-nonsense and cheerful nature of Kristiansund’s people and you have an unbeatable combination. With many helping hands, the festival became a reality in 2006, and has been arranged yearly since.