“I’m embarrassed to say it but I talked to Iceland - not God - saying if I would die here at least it would be in this great place. It would just be shame that I wouldn’t be able to see any more of it. The worst thing is that I knew that the weather forecast was bad, and how stupid it would be if I would die now,” said Maylis Lasserre, a 24-year-old woman from Dax in France, in an interview with Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir for Iceland Review magazine last year, after having been rescued from a mountain ridge in the West Fjords where she had been lost for 38 hours. The portrait I took of her was chosen Photo of the Year 2013 on Saturday.
The picture was taken June 6, 2013 at 10:21 pm on Canon D1X, with Canon135mm 2.0L lens at 1/80 F2.0 ISO 125. The location: 66°50´30“ and 22°40´32W.
I am honored because here in Iceland we have many excellent photographers who take great images. The exhibition now on at Gerðarsafn museum in Kópavogur in the capital area showcases some of the best images from 2013.
And thank you Maylis for the time you gave us, just after this horrible experience.
Páll Stefánsson - firstname.lastname@example.org.