Cat Vinton’s curiosity for human nature and her adventurous spirit have led her to explore the landscapes, seascapes and people that have so far escaped the long reach of today’s world. Her travels have led to some rare and remarkable explorations, encounters and lifelong friendships. Cat's ambition is to create a visual legacy of our common humanity and disappearing ways of life, to remind us that we have a duty to protect our fragile planet. The Travel Photographer of the Year judges noted her talent when they awarded her their top prize in 2007, describing her portfolio (represented here) as 'beautiful in its simplicity'. She was recognised again by them with a Commendation in 2013.
Artist's Statement: "Sámpi is a vast open land, perched on the edge of the Arctic Circle, that encompasses parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland and the Kola Peninsula of Russia. In spring 2005 I lived with Sámi reindeer herders, the indigenous people of the Arctic, who live a nomadic subsistence roaming the Finnmark plateau. This is Norway’s 'big sky country': one of the last great and undisturbed wilderness areas in Europe, and they move their herds of reindeer across it with the seasons. Their culture is shaped by the landscape of the Arctic Ocean, the fjords and the tundra."