Icelander Orvar Thorgiersson won a Merit Award in the World in Focus competition for this image. He snapped his image just five minutes from his home. “I find this lava-rock cove and old house very interesting,” he says. “It was the first time I shot it covered with snow. I like the contrast of the chilled surroundings with the warmth coming from the house windows.” An engineer, Thorgiersson says photography gives him a creative outlet.
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