Photography in the Arctic can be a precarious venture; when you're shooting on ice, in snow and during strong winds, you need something strong and sturdy to ensure that your camera stays safe and your photos are sharp. My Gitzo tripod has survived through the harshest conditions, allowing me to focus on what really matters out there in the wild nature.
Iurie Belegurschi is a renowned landscape photographer based in Iceland and the founder of Iceland Photo Tours. But that isn’t where his story began. Iurie was born in Moldova, and developed an interest in photography from an early age after his uncle converted the family bathroom into a darkroom. From there he has memories of taking an old Russian camera into school. And though he hadn’t yet mastered the art a good photograph, he knew straight away that his new passion for taking photos was going to be around for many years to come.
After studying Hospitality and Tourism at university, Iurie moved to Iceland in 2006. There he was suddenly exposed to one of the world’s finest photography destinations. Drawn in by the incredible light and landscapes all around, he began travelling the country, camera in hand, in search of inspiration and honing his skills. It wasn’t long before Iurie’s work was receiving critical acclaim. As well as continually winning awards in international photography competitions, his images have been published and put on display in a number of leading publications and exhibitions. In 2012 Iurie founded Iceland Photo Tours, with the ambition of sharing the many wonders Iceland has to offer with passionate photographers from around the world. He has since built a team of professional photo guides offering tours and expertise to some of Iceland’s most famous sights, including the northern lights and the seasonal ice caves.