On the occasion of the first ‘Vacay Travel Photography Expo’ at Scape - The Treetop, on Saturday, 13 May, Finnish multi-awarded photographer Martti Rikkonen brought a glimpse of the Northern Lights with his magnificent pictures to Singapore.
It was Singapore’s first travel photography event that brought together travel and photography enthusiasts to hone their ‘picture perfect’ skills. The event attendees experienced diverse activities ranging from informative open talks, educational and practical workshops, a photo exhibition corner, a lucky draw, a photo competition, and sales of camera gears and accessories by Cathay Photo.
The Ambassador of Finland, H.E Paula Parviainen opened the event and introduced Mr Martti Rikkonen. Next on was a brilliant performance by the ‘All Finns Choir’, directed by Päivi Aalto. The choir sang two Finnish folk songs, “Sininen ja Valkoinen” and “Oi kaunis kesäilta”. It was their first official, public gig and the public appreciated the excellent performance.
The exhibition of Mr Martti Rikkonen showcased about 20 masterpieces of the Northern Lights, all pictures taken in the great outdoors of Lapland, in Northern Finland. During his presentation in the afternoon, he revealed to the audience that a very sensitive sensor of the camera is essential and that eclipse days or full moon days are very good to immortalize Aurora on pictures. According to Mr Rikkonen, the best time to capture the Northern Lights is from September to November, but chances to get a good shot are high from the end of August to the beginning of April.
If you are interested in any of Mr Rikkonen’s work, please contact Ms Tarja Parkkinen from the Finnish Embassy at firstname.lastname@example.org
Guests admiring Mr Rikkonen’s work
Guests enjoying Finnish treats
The ‘All Finns Choir’ preforming
Mr Rikkonen talking to the guests
The Ambassador of Finland, Ms Paula Parviainen, discussing with the guests
Finnish “sima” served at the Expo
Participants at the Expo
Mr Rikkonen explaining his work to Teo Woan Yee Joelle, Senior Correspondent, SPH.