“It took me 10 years to shoot my award-winning landscape photo”

‘Like Heaven, The Long Wait Paid Off’ by Luka Vunduk, photographed in Alpe di Siusi, Italy, in 2022
‘Like Heaven, The Long Wait Paid Off’ by Luka Vunduk, photographed in Alpe di Siusi, Italy, in 2022 (Image credit: Luka Vunduk)

Born in Slovenia, Luka Vunduk’s passion for photography has taken him around the world exploring and capturing stunning scenes from the coastline of Saudi Arabia to the Grand Canyon in the USA. 

But it was his image of a place much closer to home that saw Luka take the gold medal and €1,000 ($1,070/£860) in prize money at the Canarian Photo Awards 2023, a contest held in Lanzarote that focuses on nature, ecology and sustainability.

Luka Vunduk with camera
Luka Vunduk

Vunduk’s passion for photography developed at a young age, alongside a deep appreciation for nature, and 35 years later, he remains as curious as ever. His desire to explore beautiful places in the world and to capture the profound experiences they evoke has taken Vunduk all over the globe on photographic expeditions. Locations he has trained his lens on include Patagonia, Saudi Arabia and Oman’s desert coastlines, cloud forests in Sri Lanka, Norwegian fjords, canyons in the American West and the Italian Dolomites.

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