/ 2020 / Nature / Water

Braided Rivers

  • Prize
    Bronze in Nature/Water
  • Photographer
    Kristin Braga Wright

The glacial river, Þjórsá, is the longest river in Iceland, originating at Hofsjökull glacier and meandering 230km to the Atlantic Ocean. The aerial perspective provided by a small airplane, reveals the bright and varied colored sediment tracing the river’s signature as it flows towards the ocean. The patterns and colors are ever changing depending on the season and the weather. Photographs are the permanent reminder of a glacier’s ephemeral but incessant march to extinction.

Kristin was born and raised in Aspen, Colorado- the only child of a ski bum and a carpenter. After growing up surrounded by the Rocky Mountains, she escaped to the East Coast where she attended Connecticut College, receiving a BA in International Relations. She also attended the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies and has a certificate in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography from the International Center of Photography. In 2011, she attended the Eddie Adams Barnstorm XXIV workshop. When not driving around the remote roads of Iceland, Kristin can be found skiing in the mountains aroun