The art work ”A Place to Reflect” is the Finnish Travel Poster of the year 2019! The artist behind the poster, Beth Chesser, is born in the UK but currently residing in Finland.
”To me, lakes possess a uniquely calm and reflective atmosphere and that is what I wanted to portray in my poster” Beth Chesser explains.
And here's how the poster was created:
”My poster was made by combining traditional art and digital techniques. The trees and moon are hand drawn, painted and cut out then scanned to Photoshop where I was able to manipulate their features and add the digital effects. I purposefully kept the amount of different objects in the poster to a minimum as I felt it was important to highlight the space within Saimaa and the peace that nature in general can provide us.”
Over 4400 people voted and it was a tight race, thank you to all who partcipated!
The poster ”Explore Lake Saimaa in Finland” by Chen Yu is the runner-up 2019!
Chen Yu presents himself:
I am originally from China and came to Finland for study in 2016.
As a nature lover, I heard the name of Saimaa Lake even before I came to Finland. I was always looking forward to visiting Saimaa Lake since I moved to Finland and I finally made it in 2017. I have been to the Saimaa lake three times in the year and visited the cities including Imatra, Savonlinna and Lappeenranta. All of the journeys were exciting and unforgettable.
The poster illustrates a lovely autumn scenery of Saimaa lake. It is inspired by the enjoyable journey that I had from Lappeenranta to Taipalsaari by cycling. Throughout the journey, I was impressed by the vast lake, the maze of islands, the colourful cottages, the waved layers of autumn trees and the peaceful life at the lake.
You can find Chen on Instagram here: @anotherbigriver
The poster ”Find your waterway" was voted the 3rd most popular poster in the MyFinlandPoster contest 2019.
The artist is Henna Gaus (Kansas, USA / Finland)
In the words of the artist:
Born in Finland, my childhood was formed in the nature surrounding Finland’s lakes. Although I currently reside in the Midwest of the United States, I still make sure to return to the lakeland each summer, so that my own children get to experience the stunning natural beauty of our homeland.
I find a lot of inspiration through nature and Scandinavian aesthetics, and the shape of Lake Saimaa itself served as the vision for my poster. The natural bays, sounds and capes formed over thousands of years make Lake Saimaa the crown jewel of Finland’s lake country. With endless nature and cultural activities, at Lake Saimaa you just need to Find Your Waterway…
The poster ”The beauty of Saimaa" was voted the 4th most popular poster in the MyFinlandPoster contest 2019.
The artist is Pekka Kurki (Finland)
The poster ”Pommi” was voted the 5th most popular poster in the MyFinlandPoster contest 2019.
The artist is Annika Mannström (Finland)
Anna Polkutie (Finland):
Ellen Portin (Finland/Sweden):
Yuta Ikeya (Japan):
Sanna Ahola (Finland):
Elina Kasesalu (Estonia):
Many of the these posters will be available in the Come to Finland web shop soon!
Amelia Hillebrants art work ”Home of the Northern Lights” has been voted Finnish travel poster of the year 2018.
– I created my Finland travel poster as an assignment for a class and wanted to recreate the feelings of majesty and awe that I found in the rich colors of the wintry landcape and northern lights.
Hillebrant is a student at Brigham Young University in Utah and she has served as a missionary in Finland.
– I fell in love immediately. The cities were beautiful, the scenery breathtaking, and the people so kind and honest.
and on Instagram (@ameliaruthart)
Emma Chudoba was voted the Runner up with the poster ”The Magic of Lapland”:
Emma is 23 yrs old and a graphic design student at the University of Lapland in Rovaniemi:
”When I started to work on my poster, I tried to think of the best way to capture the beauty of Lapland the way I see it. There are countless things I love about Lapland, but hiking in its vast wilderness and getting up to high places with spectacular views is something I could consider one of my favourite things. Lapland also tends to display colours in a way that can feel truly magical, and to me that was definitely something worth trying to capture in my poster.”
You can find Emma on Instagram (@emmachuuu)
We received over 5400 votes and the winner is Omar Escalante with the poster "Take Some FInland". It's such a masterpiece!
Omar is from Guatemala and came to Finland ten years ago as a singer (or rather, screamer as he says himself) in a heavy metal band. Well, the band split up but Omar stayed in Finland, luckily for us! Now he is a graphic designer.
He receives 1000 euros in cash. He also gets to invite a friend or relative from Guatemala (or anywhere else in the world) for a holiday to Finland, worth 2000 euros. Congratulations!!
The second prize goes to Jaco & Aline Hubregtse with this amazing poster (below). They live in Oulu in Finland, but are from Holland.
Seeing this poster the longing for Midsummer just intensifies... !
Three more posters were also chosen by the popular vote to participate in the exhibition. They are:
Above: 3rd place. Artist: Adrienn Széll
Above: 4th place. Artist: Mareike Mosch.
Above: 5th place. Artist: Albert Pinilla.
The names of the other five artists that reached the finals with five fantastic posters were:
Teija Hohl-Kellosalo, Rina Kusaga, Emma Pitkäjärvi, Nadine Tenhaken and Wensi Zhai.
We thank all artists for participating and making this a lovely experience. We look forward to the next contest in late 2017! Stay tuned for more information!