SMALLEST NATIONALPARK IN THE WORLD: Dalby Söderskog with it´s 36 ha,  is the smallest nationalpark in the world. In 2018 the nationalpark will celebrate 100 years as a nationalpark. Together with leading scientists Johan is working on a book that will highlight the increadible biodiversity of this small nationalpark.



EXHIBITION: The exhibition RINGMÄRKT is on display the whole summer and autumn at naturum Dalarna.



NEW ASSIGNMENT:  Together with some of Swedens foremost nature illustrators Johan has been assigned to work with information about protected areas in the county Östergötland.



INSTAGRAM TAKEOVER:  25 July - 5 august Johan will take over the Instagram feed for the Swedish Museum of Natural History.

Check out their feed here and Johans instagram feed here.


Photo: Johan Hammar


NEW FILM:  Johan is working on a new short film highlighting some of the finest nature areas in southern Sweden.


Photo: Johan Hammar


NATURE IN HEALTHCARE:  When the hospital in Kristianstad was building a new department för childrens emergency healthcare they wanted photos of animals and nature on the walls, close to the beds and even inprinted in the windows. Johan was choosen to do the work and now his photos can be seen by children at the hospital.


Photo: Johan Hammar


GREEN PLANNING:  Planning for green structures valuable for biodiversity and people is more and more importand as the exploitation of green areas is increasing in many cities. 

The municipality of Kristianstad has assigned Johan to take photos of valuable areas both for people and for biodiverity. The photos will be used to communicate the values of these areas in conjunction with the new green planning for the municipality.

Photo: Johan Hammar


NEW ASSIGNMENT:  Johan have been assigned to shoot a story about wetlands.


INSTAGRAM TAKEOVER:  This week Johan is taking over @rainforestalliance on Instagram. He will share some of his experiences in rainforests around the world.

The Rainforest Alliance is a non-governmental organization (NGO) working to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior.

You will find the link to Rainforest Alliance here and Johan here.


Photo: Johan Hammar


NEW EXHIBITION:  A new exhibition is on display at naturum 

Värmland February 27 to April 24.  The exhibition highlights the immense biodiversity that every little pond is hosting.

You can read more about naturum Värmland here.

Photo: Johan Hammar


BACK HOME: After a month photographing on Borneo, one of the worlds biodiversity hotspots.


INSTAGRAM TAKEOVER: The United Nations General Assembly at its 65th session declared the period 2011-2020 to be the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity. October 19-30 Johan will show his pictures on United Nations biodiversity Instagram feed @unbiodiversity


NEW ASSIGNMENT:  Johan and his team is producing a film for the Swedish Academy of Science.

Photo: Johan Hammar


INSTAGRAM TAKEOVER:  5-16 October Johan have the honour to take over the Swedish Museum of Natural History Instagram feed.

You can follow them at @naturhistoriska and @johan.hammar


Photo: Johan Hammar


NEW ASSIGNMENT:  Johan travel to the Swedish mountains to shoot film and photo for a new project.


Photo: Johan Hammar


NEW ASSIGNMENT:  Johan is assigned to take photos of three Nationalparks in southern Sweden.


Photo: Johan Hammar


EXHIBITION:  The exhibition "Ringmärkt" is on display at Naturum Kullaberg March-May.

Photo: Johan Hammar


SRI LANKA:  Back home after a trip to Sri Lanka documenting the islands fantastic biodiversity. Sri Lanka is one of the the worlds 25 biodiversity hotspots.


RIVER KÄVLINGEÅN:  The third largest river in Scania is Kävlingeån and here you can find lot of different outdoor activities. Johan has made a guide to some of these activities, for example watching eagles, bats, trouts, canoe, fishing and much more. You can read an interview with Johan about the guide here (in swedish).


SWEDISH PUBLISHING PRIZE:  A guide to 19 recreational areas in Scania, won first prize in the category visitors guide and Johan is the main photographer.

Photo: Johan Hammar


EXHIBITION:  Johans exhibition about ringing is now on display at Naturum Vattenriket. You can see the exhibition until november.

Photo: Johan Hammar


INSTAGRAM:  You can now follow Johan and his work on Instagram. Click on the link to see more pictures from Johan.



COVERSTORY:  Swedens largest nature and environmental magazine, Sveriges Natur, published a story about Johans photography and his work with biodiversity and conservation issues. And this was his 5th cover for the magazine!


Photo: Johan Hammar


NEW ASSIGNMENT:  The thick-shelled river mussel (Unio crassus) decreases dramatically all over Europe. The main reasons is water pollution and drainage of many rivers.

A conservation project aims to improve water quality and habitat with the long term goal to get the thick-shelled river mussel back in rivers where it has become extint. Johan will document, with both photos and film, the reintroduction of the mussel as well as the restoration of the river habitat.

You can read more about the project here.


NEW FILM:  Johan is producing a film about 15 recreational and natural areas on behalf of the City of Helsingborg.  The goal is to increase the knowledge about the nature in the municipality and inspire people to go out and discover these nature areas.

The newspaper Helsingborgs Dagblad made a short video (left) and an article about the project. You can read the article here (only in Swedish).

Photo: Johan Hammar


CONSERVATION PROJECT:  In 1954 the last breeding attempt of white stork were made in Sweden.  During 18th and 19th century about 5000 white storks were breeding in southern Sweden, but when the wetlands disappered the numbers of white storks also decreased and finally they were extint from Sweden.

Since many years a reintroductory program is trying to get back the white stork as a breeding bird in Sweden.

In the latest issue of Sveriges Natur, Swedens largest nature and environmental magazine, Johans pictures of the white stork is published together with a story about the reintroduction ot white stork.

Read more here about the reintroductory program.

Photo: Johan Hammar


ASSIGNMENT: Johan has been working in Malaysia capturing the immense biodiversity but also the threats to one of the worlds richest mangrove forests.


Photo: Johan Hammar


NEW ASSIGNMENT: During 2014 Johan is going to work on Kullaberg, one of the most visited nature reserve in southern Sweden.

Photo: Thomas Johnsson


LECTURES: During winter and spring, Johan will hold a series of lectures about the nature in southern Sweden. Johan has for years photographed and filmed the scenery and wildlife in southern Sweden, and is a committed and engaging speaker.

The lectures is a cooperation with Stiftelsen Skånska Landskap, Naturskyddföreningen och Studiefrämjandet.

Read more about the lecures here.


Photo: Johan Hammar


MINISTERIAL MEETING IN COPENHAGEN: October 3 the Ministers of the Environment of all the nine Baltic coastal states and the EU Commissioner will gather to discuss the status and the future of the Baltic Sea.

Johan will attend at the meeting having an exhibition showing some of his aerials of algae blooms in the Baltic sea this summer.

Read more about the meeting here.

Photo: Katja Fedrowitz


EXHIBITION: The exhibition RINGMÄRKT is on show at Naturum Getterön until november 24. Read more about the exhibition and one of Swedens best areas for birdwatching here.


NEW ASSIGNMENT:  Fyleån which was straightened and deepened in the late mid-1800s  is going to regain it´s meandering course. Johans is going to document the restoration, filming and photographing the work.


NATURE IN HEALTHCARE:  Johans pictures was used in a study about the impact of nature on patients and staff and whether nature photographs evoke associations that can invigorate the observer.

The result showed that nature photographs increased the feeling of wellbeing among patients and staff. The patients also reported that the images helped them to cope with symptoms and to banish upsetting thoughts.

Read more about the study here (in Swedish) and a summary here (English).


NEW ASSIGNMENT: Scania is the most diverse landscape in Sweden for amphibians. 12 species out of Swedens 13.  Johan was assigned to take aerials of some of the best spots for amphibians in Scania.

Photo: Lo Fischer


EXHIBITION: Johans exhibition RINGMÄRKT will be displayed at Abisko Naturum this summer.


NEW FILM: Landskrona town has a wide range of nature and recreational areas as well as some very interesting birds, animals and plants. Johan was assigned to make a film about nature in Landskrona vicinity. The film is distributed to all schools in the municipality together with a folder about nature areas easy to reach with children. The aim of the project is to inspire people to spend more time outside in nature.


AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY: The sandy soils in southern Sweden is one of northern Europe´s most biodiverse habitats.  But during the past  100 years, sand dunes and sand fields of coastal and inland areas, have been planted with conifers, mountain pine, cultivated or exploited, resulting in a big loss of biodiversity. The SandLIFE project aims to restore some of the most valuable remaining areas. You can read more about the project here.

Johan was assigned to take aerials of some of the areas.


NEW FILM: LIFEscape is an international initiative for the protection and management of valuable landscapes in Poland, Lithuania, Sweden and Denmark. 

Johan was assigned to make three short movies about the project. This is the second film about the Swedish project area - Klingavälsån.


ASSIGNMENT IN POLAND: Johan has been on an assignment in northeast Poland to film the landscape and nature in Elbląg High Plain Landscape Protection Park, on the coast of the Vistula Lagoon. The film is a part of the project LIFEscape wich is an international initiative for the protection and management of valuable landscapes in Poland, Lithuania, Sweden and Denmark. 

Read more about the project here.

Photo: Ann Weibull


NEW EXHIBITION: A new exhibition "Skånska Landskap" (Landscapes of Scania) will be on display at Fulltofta Naturcentrum during May. At the inauguration Johan will hold lectures and show pictures from Scanian wilderness.

The lecures will be held May 4 and 5, 13.00 at Fulltofta Naturcentrum. Read more here (only in Swedish)


GUIDEBOOK: A new guidebook about Natural and Cultural Experiences in Skåne and with Johan as the main photographer is out now. This guide gives you tips on how to take you to special places in the Skåne countryside by train and bus.

You can get your hands on the guide in every touristoffice in Skåne and at Skånetrafikens offices. Or you can download the guide as a  pdf here.


Photo: Malin Granlund-Feldt


EXHIBITION: The exhibition RINGMÄRKT is now on show at Tåkern Naturum.  You can see the exhibition here until 26 may.

Lake Tåkern is one of the most important bird-lakes in northern Europe. It is important for waterbirds throughout the year,  both for breeding and migratory birds. Naturum Tåkern is one of the latest Naturum in Sweden and is a very spectacular building, well worth visiting. You can find more information about Lake Tåkern and Naturum Tåkern here.



TALKS AND EXHIBITION: During Wilderness Fair in Stockholm 7-10 mars, Johan is having an exhibition. 15 photos from Scania, Sweden showing some of his work with the Scanian Landscape Foundation and  Skåneleden trail.

There will also be a giveaway and you can win a weekend in one of the nice cottages at Snogeholm or Fulltofta, whale watching at Kullaberg or one of Johans photos from the exhibition.

Visit us at booth B11:22. Welcome!



NEW ARTICLE: Pratensis is a company that sell wildflower seeds and plants with Swedish origin. More and more often municipalities and other similar institutions use seeds from Pratensis to increase biodiversity in for example roadsides.

A reportage about their work was published in Sveriges Natur 1/13, Swedens´s largest nature and environment magazine.



FILMASSIGNMENT: Landskrona Municipality is celebrating 600 years this year. Johan is making a movie about some of the nature areas in Landskrona.  The film will be launched during summer 2013 but here is a short trailer.



Does nature make people recover faster after a severe disease? Yes!

Does photos of nature make people recover faster after a severe disease?  Maybe!

As a part of a research project some of Johan´s landscape pictures are used to try to figure out this.



One of the most threatened birdspecies in Scandinavia is Lesser-Whitefronted goose (Fjällgås). Nordens Ark and Jägareförbundet is working together trying to increase the chances of the species survival. You can read more about the work here.

Johan was assigned to film and photograph the project.



The Scanian Landscape Foundation is responsible for some twenty recreation areas spread out over the whole of Skåne, where you can go hiking, fishing, swimming, riding or canoeing.

Johan was assigned to photograph landscape and outdoor activities in most of these areas.

You can find out more about the Scanian Landscape Foundation here.



LIFEscape is an international initiative for the protection and management of valuable landscapes in Poland, Lithuania, Sweden and Denmark. 

Johan was assigned to make three short movies about the project. This is the first one.



Until two years ago nobody thought whale-watching was possible in Sweden. But 2009 a survey showed that every hour harbour porpoise (tumlare) passed the point of Kullaberg and year after the company Kullabergsguiderna started their whale-watching safari. They see these small dolfinlike whales on 75% of their tours.

The porpoise have suffered hard from chemical pollutions and by accidental death in gillnets. In the Baltic Sea they are almost extint but on the westcoast of Sweden there is still a healthy population. Hopefully these whale-watching safaris can help to raise the awareness about one of the worlds smallest whales.

In the latest issue of Turist, 3/12 Johans pictures from the whale-watching was published.



The Österlenleden trail, part of Skåneleden trail is 189 km with start and finish in Ystad.  The trail takes you around south-eastern Skåne with it´s fishing villages, long, white sandy beaches and humid beech woodlands await you.

Johan was assigned to photograph the trail, the surrounding landscape and outdoor activities.

You can read more about the Skåneleden trail here.



Eutrophication is a big problem, not only in the Baltic Sea and in shallow bays on the west coast of Sweden. Many lakes also suffer from eutrophication causing algea blooms and potentially toxic algaes.

Algae Be Gone is a project with partners in Denmark and Sweden with the overall aim to develop cost efficient methods for restoring eutrophic lakes in the region.

Johan was assigned to film and photograph the project, from the air, ground and underwater.



Sweden´s television (SVT) and the program, Sverige, had a  reportage about Johans exhibition RINGMÄRKT at Ottenby, Öland.



The exhibition RINGMÄRKT is at Ottenby Öland where a lot of the pictures are taken. Ottenby birdstation started already 1946 and is one of the oldest in Sweden. It´s also one of the best places to watch birds in the country.


2012-03-01, Scandinavias largest photocommunity had an article about my exhibition RINGMÄRKT.  You can read the article here (only in Swedish).


2012-01-01 - 2012-03-15

The exhibition RINGMÄRKT is now at Natural History Museum in Gothenburg. It was here the history of ringing started in Sweden.

Back in 1911 a lecture was held about ringing and during summer conservator Gustav Kilén was sent to Kiruna. He ringed 76 Rough-legged buzzards of which 15 were found again. A very successful result. Today more than 12 million birds have been ringed in Sweden and we know a lot more about where and how the birds migrate.

Ringing is now an important environmenal monitoring tool and  can help us explaining why some species are decreasing.

The exhibition is sponsored by Focus Nordic, and printed on Ilford paper.




Öresundleden trail, a part of Skåneleden trail is 55 km, ranging from Grå läge in the north to Järavallen in the south.  On this trail you can experience the wonderful and in part very dramatic costline.

Johan was assigned to photograph the trail, both the surrounding landscape and outdoor activities.

You can read more about Skåneleden trail here.



Here is a short video about Red Kite and the work behind my pictures.



Every year about 500 million bird migrate past Falsterbo in southern Sweden. Some ot them are caught in mistnest

and get a ring. More then 1 million birds have been ringed at Falsterbo birdobseravtory.

The magazine Skåne had a 6 page article about ringing in Falsterbo, with my pictures.


2011-05-28 - 2011-08-28

My exhibition RINGMÄRKT was hanging at Naturum Karlstad during the summer months. The first birds were ringed 100 years ago and the exhibition tells the story about ringing and some interesting facts about bird migration.

The exhibition is sponsored by Focus Nordic, and printed on Ilford paper.




Sveriges Natur, Swedens largest nature and environmental magazine, were having two different stories with my pictures. The cover story with some of my pictures of foxes and one about environments created by humans that can host many rare species.  Golf courses, motorcross tracks, areas with military tanks are all areas that in some places have replaces the natural disturbanses that many species need for their survival.


© Johan Hammar

2011-04-21 - 2011-05-26

The exhibition RINGMÄRKT is now hanging at Scandinavian Photos gallery in Malmö. 


The 26 may, Johan is going to be in the shop together with Swarovski and Focus Nordic, the sponsors of the exhibition.


Read more about the exhibition here (in Swedish).

The exhibition is sponsored by Focus Nordic, and printed on Ilford paper.



© Johan Hammar


Naturmorgon, a natureprogram in Swedish national radio, broadcast from Falsterbo and Johan was interviewed on the occation of his exhibition Ringmärkt. 

You can find a link to the program here.



The magazine Turist, published a story about Ottenby birdstation and birdwatching on southern Öland, with my pictures.

Ottenby is the oldest ringingstation in Sweden, established 1946.  Every year about 20 000 bird are bering ringed and since the start over 1 000 000 birds have got a ring around their leg.



2011-03-18 - 2011-04-15

The exhibition about ringing have moved to Hässleholm and is going to open 18 march in connection with the opening of the largest nature photo festival i southern Sweden, Skånsk Naturfotofestval. You find the link to Skånsk Naturfotofestival here.


The exhibition is sponsored by Focus Nordic, and printed on Ilford paper.




The magazine Skåne, published a 6 page story, about the northern parts of Scania in Sweden and the facinating Black grouse lek.



2011-03-10 - 2011-03-13

During the Wilderness Fair in Stockholm, Johan is having an exhibition about ringing. This year it is 100 year since the first bird was ringed in Sweden and Johan has been working on a project about ringing at Ottenby and Falsterbo birdstations. Here and here you will find a selection of his images.  It is also possible to buy prints of birdportraits and feather details. Contact Johan for more information.




The magazine Skåne, were having 6 page story about the success story of Red Kite.




One of the main photographic magazines in Sweden, Kamera & Bild, were having an 8 pages long article about my work and one of my pictures of Red Kite were on the cover. You can find a pdf version of the article here.(only in Swedish).




The Red Kite, Milvus milvus, was almost extint from Sweden and only 30 pairs remained in 1960. Today, thanks to nature conservation efforts, the Red Kite we have more then 1300 breeding pairs. 

Sveriges Natur, the largest nature and environmental magazine in Sweden, were having a coverstory with my pictures about the successful work to save the Red Kite.


You can find a short video about the Red Kite here.


The largest nature and environmental magazine in Sweden, Sveriges Natur, is once again having one of my pictures as a cover wich always feels like an honour. It´s also the coverstory with close-up portraits if birds. The pictures are made at Ottenby and Falsterbo ringingstations in a small photo studio.




The largest nature and environmental magazine in Sweden, Sveriges Natur, is having an article about Kävlingeå-projektet with my pictures. Kävlingeå-projektet started 1995 and is one of the largest and most long term wetland restoration project in Sweden.  

For the opening picture, to the left, I rented a skylift and went up 14 meters to get an overview of the new meanders of Klingavälsån, a tributary to Kävlinge river.





For fun I made this short video about black grouse lekking one of the most exciting nature experiences during spring. I hope you enjoy! 





The photographic work about restoration of wetlands in southern Sweden have resulted in a book about the restorationproject - Kävlingeå projektet. You can also visit the homepage of the project here, were you will find a short film and slideshows.  Ekologgruppen have been the consultant during all the years and you can find there homepage here.



© Johan Hammar


In autumn, when the waterlevel rises in streams and rivers, one of the most spectacular and fascinating nature enjoyment occurs, the trout migration. From the sea, the trout migrate up through rivers and small streams to reach their spawning grounds. Its extremely fascinating to follow their migration and I´m looking forward to photograph the spawning later this autumn that, here in southern Sweden, occur in extremely small streams. 





Magazine KUPÉ is having a story about visiting Sarek, Abisko and Muddus natinalparks during the most colorful season - the autumn.




© Johan Hammar


During spring and summer I´ve been working documenting the restoration of wetlands in southern Sweden. About 80-90 % of the former wetlands have disappered the last 200 years in southern Sweden resulting in a strong decrease in biodiversity and lessened the ability of the environment to reduce pollutants from the water through natural processes.


The documentation has involved film and photography and it will result in a new homepage for the project, a book and an exhibition. The first hanging of the exhibition was at an EU meeting about wetlands and cleaner seas.





In their latest issue, WWF Sweden, publish a story with my pictures about the 100 th anniversary of the first European National Parks.


You find a link to WWF here and you can also read the story on their website. You find the link here (a pdf, only in Swedish).





In the latest issue of Sweden´s largest environmenal and nature magazine, Sveriges Natur, I have a cover and a 6 pages photostory about Swedish National Parks. You find the link to the Swedish Society for Nature Protection here.


Also check my short presentationvideo about my work with the story about Swedish National Parks here.