BLACK & WHITE PHOTO OF THE YEAR 2019 Award
Photo © Romain Tornay
First sunshine just after the snow storm. Iceland, February 2019.
Romain Tornay SWITZERLAND
Romain Tornay was born in 1975 in Valais, in the heart of the Swiss mountains. Traveling the peaks from his childhood, he marveled at this alpine nature and his search for aestheticism led him logically to photography about fifteen years ago. This attraction for the great outdoors then leads him to discover the Far North. Thanks to more than thirty trips to the Nordic countries in all seasons, he has built a solid photographic heritage of northern Europe. At first, photography was the way to illustrate the adventure: always in autonomy, sometimes alone, he traveled hundreds of kilometers in Greenland, Iceland, Svalbard, Lapland, on foot, on skis, dogsledding or sailing. Today father of two children, it is rather the adventure that adapts to photography.
If he is interested in a wide range of photographic genres, it is above all the search for the perfect moment and scene that nature could offer him that motivates his work.
Also, Romain Tornay studied biology at the University of Geneva and specialized in environmental sciences at the Polytechnic University of Lausanne. He now teaches biology and photography at Geneva High School.
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