About Me


French award winning photographer | Traveller | Aurora Chaser | Arctic enthusiast

Photographer

Rayann Elzein


I am a French nature photographer and aurora chaser. I live in the Netherlands and travel worldwide for assignments or workshops.

I started taking photos 15 years ago, when as a hobby I wanted to bring back home some souvenirs of the concerts that I visited. Digital cameras barely existed at the time so I started with my father’s film camera! Over the years, the hobby of photography grew to a passion, and became a major part of my life.

The sky and space have also always fascinated me so travelling years ago to Finnish Lapland to observe and photograph the Northern Lights happened naturally. I vividly remember the first displays that I witnessed as they are still some of the best I have ever seen. I have seen the Aurora countless nights, but they never cease to amaze me year after year. I share now this natural beauty by leading Aurora chasing tours in Inari, Lapland.

The far north is beautiful and my travels to Greenland, Svalbard and Lapland taught me how fragile the Arctic is. More than anywhere else in the world, there are clear signs of climate change, which affects both the wildlife and the local populations. I have made it one of my goals to contribute raising awareness about the dangers of global warming through my photography.

Do you want to chase Aurora with me? Or do you have an assignment for me? Please contact me here.

Self-portrait, Inari, Finland


Awards


Prix de la Photographie Paris

* PX3 2017 – Bronze Winner – Category Sky
* PX3 2016 – Honorable Mention – Category Advertising/Self-Promotion 
* PX3 2016 – Honorable Mention – Category Nature/Seasons

International Photography Awards

* IPA 2016 – Honorable Mention – People : Self-Portrait Category
* IPA 2016 – Honorable Mention – Nature : Landscapes Category
* IPA 2016 – Honorable Mention – Nature : Landscapes Category
* IPA 2016 – Honorable Mention – Fine Art : Landscape Category
* IPA 2016 – Honorable Mention – Nature : Seasons Category
* IPA 2016 – Honorable Mention – Nature : Landscapes Category
* IPA 2016 – Honorable Mention – Nature : Landscapes Category

Moscow International Foto Awards

* MOSCOW 2016 – Honorable Mention – Fine Art / Landscape Category
* MOSCOW 2016 – Honorable Mention – Fine Art / Landscape Category
* MOSCOW 2016 – Honorable Mention – Fine Art / Landscape Category
* MOSCOW 2016 – Honorable Mention – Portfolio / Fine Art Category