An Icy Retreat

PhotographerJim Steinberg
PrizeHonorable Mention
CompanyJim Steinberg Photography
City/CountrySteamboat Springs, United States
Photo Date29 June, 2016
Technical InfoNikon D810, 24º, 1/50sec @ f22
Entry Description

Hoffellsjökull is an outlet glacier flowing from the Vatnajökull ice cap in southeast Iceland, Vatnajökull National Park. As recently as 1940 the Hoffellsjökull glacier reached the moraine ridge where the photographer is located, providing ice for the local village of Höfn. Lorries used to drive right to the spot the photograph is made to carve and take ice for the local community. Due to climate change it has retreated considerably, forming a deep lake in the depression left behind, and will continue to deepen as the climate continues to warm. Meanwhile life sprouts up in the wake of the Hoffellsjökull's retreat.

About Photographer

A travel and nature photographer for almost 40 years Jim has logged more than 2 million miles covering the world to create captivating award winning images. His work has been seen in more than 60 magazines worldwide and with over 3000 calendar images, 50+ articles and 5 books his work is prolific. Among his many awards are the World Environmental Photography Award, ForeWord National Book Award for best travel book of the year, and the Colorado Book Award for best pictorial book of the year. Additionally, his work has been honored by the Calendar Marketing Association for the past 10 years. His Colorado Scenic Byways; Taking the Other Road was selected as the Governor’s gift for the 2008 Democratic National Convention as well as the official gift of the State of Colorado. As a teacher, Jim was the first Director of the National Geographic Workshops and today is still an instructor for the Friends Arizona Highways, as well as teaching through his own company, Jim Steinberg Photography. He shoots for Photo Researchers as well as Animals/Animals-Earth Scenes. When not on the road he calls Steamboat Springs, Colorado home where his studio and gallery are located. His work may be seen at, and he may be contacted via e-mail at or by phone at 888.879.3718.