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Finnish Nature Photographers Association awards nature photo of 2016

Finland's nature photograph of the year was a picture taken by Juha-Pekka Paananen of a game bird perched over a scenic vista in Lapland.

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Finland's nature photograph of 2016 was a picture taken by Juha-Pekka Paananen of a game bird perched over a scenic vista in Lapland. Image: Juha-Pekka Paananen

The contest, organised by the Finnish Nature Photographers Association, selected Paananen's shot of a rock ptarmigan, taken at Saana fell in Enontekiö, Lapland. His title of his photo translates roughly as "Ptarmigan at the End of the World".

The contest jury said the photograph was skilfully executed and also commented in particular about the soft light which contrasts with the barren landscape.

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The Boater by Ilkka Niskanen, was the winner in the contest's Nature and Man category. Image: Ilkka Niskanen

This year marks the 36th time the Nature Photographers Association has organised the contest. There are eight categories of the competition, with a winner and runner-up in each category.

More than 900 photographers submitted over 13,000 photos to the competition, some of which will be on display at exhibitions around the country.

A collection of all the winning photographs can be viewed at the Nature Photographers Association's website.

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