In her work, Orsolya looks for the unusual in everyday nature. She seeks the detail or the unexpected moment of light that adds atmosphere, drama or magic to a landscape.
She has won prizes in competitions worldwide, including the prestigious Natural History Museum Wildlife Photographer of the Year, where she also served in the jury in 2009 and 2016. She has twice been awarded the title Hungarian Nature Photographer of the Year.
Orsolya met her husband, Erlend Haarberg, in 2004. They have been working together as freelance nature photographers in the last decade, specializing in photographing landscapes and wildlife in the Nordic countries. They work in the field on assignments and personal projects more than six months a year.
The Haarbergs are the authors of three books: Lapland – the Alaska of Europe, Iceland – land of contrasts, and Iceland in all its splendor.
Their work has been widely published in Europe, including GEO and BBC Wildlife Magazine. Their first story for National Geographic Magazine entitled Iceland's resilient beauty (May 2012) shows a glimpse of their work achieved during a ten months stay in Iceland. In November 2013 they reached a milestone with their ongoing project in the Norwegian coast when NGM published their story, Follow the water—journey to the heart of Norway. Their third NGM story about the largest wilderness area in Europe, the Laponia World Heritage Site, was published in October 2015.
In the past years they have been focusing on projects where they can use their skills exploring remote areas, and staying for long periods in tents even in the coldest Scandinavian winter temperatures.
``When you make your way deep into the mountains, you need to be in good shape and prepared for all incidentals that may happen. For me, it is a very good way to calm my mind—it brings me to a kind of meditative state that is difficult to achieve at home during busy working days.``
At the moment, Orsolya and Erlend is working on long-term projects in Swedish Laponia and the Carpathians in Romania.
She has twice been nominated Hungarian Nature Photographer of the Year.