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Line Ørnes Søndergaard



Oslo, Norway



Line Ørnes Søndergaard was born in 1986 and is a visual storyteller from Oslo, Norway. Her background is in documentary-film and television before she turned to photography, completing her BA in photojournalism at Oslo Metropolitan University in 2014.

Apart from her personal long-term projects, she is an established editorial photographer in Scandinavia, including regularly commissioned portraits and reportage features. She has won several awards at the Norwegian Picture of The Year and received international recognition from NPPA, POYI, PDN and CPOY.

Her first large project, Time to Rest, dealt with the psychological aspect of belonging to a stigmatised group in an industry in decline. The sleeping long-haul truck drivers in the Norwegian landscape became a transmedial project that received international attention and was awarded in POYI.

In 2016, she was selected and included in World Press Photo’s Joop Swart Masterclass. In 2017, she was chosen to be part of the Norwegian Journal of Photography, a program supporting eight independent photographers in Norway.

Søndergaard’s work deals with social and political issues, often using intimate encounters as the framework for her projects.

Line is mentored by Linda Bournane Engelberth.


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