Meeting at Kyiv School of Photography

On December 11, 2019, Nikon Ambassador Viktor Lyagushkin met his fans at the Kiev School of Photography. The photographer told the audience about the progress of the project Until The Ice Melts, including the world’s first exhibition under the ice, showed videos and photographs taken during the project.
The pre-holiday situation in the city set Viktor in a cheerful mood, so the lecturer decided to appear in front of the audience, leaving the telephone box in the corner of the photo studio, as famous Doctor Who.

Presentation of the Calendar 2020

On November 15, there was a presentation of our Сalendar 2020 with photographs by Viktor Lyagushkin in the cafe “Our Circle”. It sounds very formal, but in fact it was a very chamber, almost family event.

Viktor told the guests about underwater animals that inhabit the White Sea, paid special attention to those whose photos were included in the Calendar. Bogdana Vashchenko spoke about climate change in the Russian Arctic and the impact of the change on the lives of animals and people.

Until The Ice Melts in Arkhangelsk

Виктор Лягушкин и нобелевский лауреат Алексей Кокорин на открытии выставки

Nikon Ambassador Viktor Lyagushkin and Nobel Laureate Alexei Kokorin at the opening of the exhibition

November 9, 2019 in the building of the Pomorsk Philharmonic in Arkhangelsk, the opening of the exhibition of photographs by Viktor Lyagushkin “Until The Ice Melts” took place in the form of a public talk where visitors could listen to Viktor’s stories about underwater photography, to ask climate scientist and Nobel laureate Alexei Kokorin, and attend a lecture by ecological journalist Bogdana Vashchenko “Climate change and people: what will happen to us?”

In total, 22 works from the White Sea cycle are presented at the exhibition, showing how marine life lives under ice. The exhibition runs until January 20, 2020.

Documentary “Until The Ice Melts” Nikon School

Nikon Ambassador Viktor Lyagushkin talks about the world’s first under ice photo exhibition “Until the Ice Melts”, which had been exhibited under the ice of the White Sea in February-April 2019. How the idea had been born, what difficulties had to be encountered in the process of its implementation, the author says.

Photography: Bogdana Vashchenko

One Dolphin, Two Dolphins… Feature story in NatGeo Georgia


My feature story for National Geographic Georgia, illustrated with Viktor Lyagushkin’s photography, about the Black Sea dolphins and dedicated scientists. During the work on the material I was deeply impressed with Professor Natia Kopaliani from Elias University in Tbilisi, who heads the program for studying and counting marine mammals of the Black Sea. There are only seven people in her group, but they manage with a huge amount of work: this includes counting dolphins and analysis of tissues of dead sea mammals for dangerous viruses and genetic analysis, assessing the diet of dolphins based on fish otoliths found in their stomachs, a lot of samples and so on. And finally, accurate and literate work with the obtained data, which then builds the most interesting scientific publications.
The work of the group made such an impression on me that I changed my original idea to ​​devote an article to Black Sea dwellers only, shifting the emphasis to the work of scientists.

Until The Ice Melts in HEINZ 14

The story about the world’s first under the ice exhibition, Until The Ice Melts, can be read in the German online magazine HEINZ for May 2019. It tells about the exhibition of photographs by Nikon ambassador Viktor Lyagushkin, which was exhibited under the ice of Kandalaksha Bay of the White Sea from February 19 to 5 April 2019 on the basis of the Diving Centre and Lodge “Arctic Circle”.

The issue is available in English and German.

Viktor Lyagushkin: Until The Ice Melts


 World’s first

under ice photo exhibition

February 17, 2019 – April 5, 2019

isle of Big Krestovy, Nilmoguba Bay, White Sea

Admission free

The world’s first exhibition of photographs under the ice is opened to visitors 19th of February 2019 beyond the Arctic Circle in the White Sea. Martians and space ships, Eywa the Wood and alien brain, aquanaut traveling across the sea on balloon – this is how photographer Viktor Lyagushkin showed the underwater world of the White Sea in his photographs. A wide-angle macro shot taken with a fisheye lens is a new photographic technique invented by Viktor. The invention allowed the author to do something that no one had managed before him: to show the tiny inhabitants of the underwater Arctic in their natural environment.

The exhibition “Until The Ice Melts” is part of a large project by Viktor Lyagushkin on documenting the animals of the White Sea.

Viktor Lyagushkin is a world-renowned photographer, winner of countless contests, Nikon Ambassador, National Geographic photographer. For almost 10 years, admirers of Viktor’s talent are surprised with his projects, such as the “Orda Cave. Awareness”, dedicated to the longest gypsum cave in the world, located in the Urals,  “Princess of Whales”, where a naked woman swam under the ice with beluga whales and others.

The world changes before our very eyes, the Arctic ice is melting, the climate is changing, species are disappearing. My goal is to show people this wonderful world under the ice so that humanity understands what we will lose in the near future if we do not turn our attention to this problem.    Viktor Lyagushkin 

The exhibition will last until the beginning of the ice melting.

Divers and freedivers who wish to visit the exhibition  please contact to the Arctic Circle Diving Centre and Lodge: //www.en.pkrug.ru booking@dive.ru  +7 (499) 110-90-80 or +7 (495) 925-77-99

Sponsors and Organizers 

The general sponsor of the exhibition – Nikon,

The organizers of the exhibition – Dive Centre “Arctic Circle”, PHOTOTEAM.PRO

Technical Support:

SUBAL Underwater Housings

Fourth Element

Scubalamp Underwater Photography Equipment 

You are welcome with any questions:
www.en.pkrug.ru
booking@dive.ru
+7 (499)110-90-80
+7 (495)925-77-99