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25 of the Best Aurora Photos – Capture the Atlas’ Northern Lights Photographer of the Year List

Northern Lights Photographer Year Aleksey R Murmansk Russia
“For the Northern Lights” by Aleksey R. Location: Teriberka, Kolsky District of Murmansk Oblast, Russia

The Northern Lights are breathtaking, but photographing their splendor may be difficult. The Aurora Borealis flickers and dances across the sky in ways that are difficult to predict and even harder to capture with a still photograph. However, certain photographers have accomplished the task, and Capture the Atlas has compiled a list of the top 25 shots from those who succeeded. The list includes photos from Russia, Alaska, Iceland, and more, showcasing how great these cosmic phenomena look against varied backdrops.


The colorful variety of auroras depicted in the photos is also fascinating, as it demonstrates the wide range of auroras that exist. All colors are represented, from classic green, blue, and purple to yellow and pink. The lights can be seen in both the Northern and Southern hemispheres since you might believe that they are only observable in countries like Sweden or Norway. For instance, David Oldenhof’s stunning shot of a lake’s aurora reflecting is from Tasmania. The Northern Lights may be seen as Australia’s southernmost state from March to September.


Take a look at some of our favorite images from the collection, which have been hand-picked by Capture the Atlas’s Dan Zafra. Zafra is seeking photos from not just some of the world’s most renowned photographers but also new talents and untouched areas where the Northern Lights have never been seen before as a photographer himself.

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Northern Lights Photographer Year Agnieszka Mrowka Iceland
“Nature & Landscape photographer” by Agnieszka Mrowka. Location: Iceland
Northern Lights Photographer Year David Oldenhof Tasmania
Aurora Australis” by David Oldenhof. Location: Tasmania, Australia
Northern Lights Photographer Year Froydis Dalheim Senja Norway
The Northern Lights cathedral” by Frøydis Dalheim. Location: Senja, Northern Norway
Northern Lights Photographer Year Giulio Cobianchi Lofoten Islands Norway
“The aurora cave” by Giulio Cobianchi. Location: Lofoten Islands, Norway
Northern Lights Photographer Year Jeroen Van Nieuwenhove Iceland
“Volcanic Aurora Borealis” by Jeroen Van Nieuwenhove. Location: Geldingadalir, Iceland
Northern Lights Photographer Year Joshua Snow Yukon Canada
“When the stars align” by Joshua Snow. Location: Tombstone Territorial Park, Yukon, Canada
Northern Lights Photographer Year Larryn Rae Lake Tekapo New Zealand
“Tranquil” by Larryn Rae. Location: Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
Northern Lights Photographer Year Marc Adamus Alaska
“Forest of the Lights” by Marc Adamus. Location: Alaska, USA
Northern Lights Photographer Year Marybeth Kiczenski Wisconsin USA
“Aurora Sherbet in the Apostles” by Marybeth Kiczenski. Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin, USA
Northern Lights Photographer Year Olli Sorvari Finland
“Santa’s Cabin” by Olli Sorvari. Location: Levi, Finland
Northern Lights Photographer Year Sergey Korolev Kola peninsula Russia
“Polar-snow monsters” by Sergey Korolev. Location: Kola Peninsula, Russia
Northern Lights Photographer Year Stefan Liebermann Iceland
“Spectrum” by Stefan Liebermann. Location: Vestrahorn, Iceland
Northern Lights Photographer Year Stefano Astorri Swedish Lapland
“Norrsken over Vintergatan ” by Stefano Astorri. Location: Swedish Lapland
Northern Lights Photographer Year Virgil Reglioni Northern Norway
“Higher prediction” by Virgil Reglioni. Location: Northern Norway