Above the moment
/ Aero-art by Stas Bartnikas


Stas Bartnikas

Awards —

More than 130 awards, including:
/ International Photo Awards 2016 (1-2-3 places)
/ International Photo Awards 2016 - One shot competition Climate change (3-d place) 
/ Moscow International Photo Awards 2017, 1 Gold and 3 Silver awards, 2 Honorable mentions
/ Siena International Photo Awards 2017, Honorable mention in Nature category
/ ND-Awards 2017, Bronze and 3 Honorable mentions in Nature category
/ PX3 Awards 2017, 2 Silver and 2 Honorable mentions
/Tokyo International photo Awards 2017, 1 Silver and 4 Honorable mentions
/Moscow International Photo Awards 2018, Gold and Silver awards
/ Frequently featured at Photo of the Day and Daily Dozen at natgeo.com 


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Stas Bartnikas, 46,  aerial photographer based in Moscow. Graduated from Moscow State University with a degree in journalism. Worked as a correspondent in one of the largest newspapers in the country. After the collapse of Soviet Union he pursued career in the development of various business projects in advertising and sales.

...To me this isn’t only a photo, it’s a work of art. It’s painterly quality plus the graphic nature of the landscape takes this beyond the ordinary aerial. Yes, it’s right place right time, but it’s technically great because it’s absolutely sharp and crisp. Hope to see more of your photos!
— Jeanne Modderman, National Geographic photo producer

Photography is a serious part of life that combines his love of travelling with a passion for aviation. Past few years, he’s been actively engaged in aerial photography while flying in light aircraft and helicopters in different parts of the world. During this time he visited over 20 countries.

Stas is convinced that Mother Nature is the most sophisticated painter and he sees it as his mission to capture its beauty in its perfect form. He calls his style of photography “aero-art”. 

His shots were published in magazines across Russia and Europe such as Sunday Times Travel magazine, Maxim, GEO, Vanity Fair, Bild, View, L’Officiel Voyage and were featured in National Geographic’s Photo of the Day and Daily Dozen rubrics number of times. He also won multiple awards at the prestigious contests, such as IPA, TIFA, MIFA, PX3, Siena International Photo Awards. His pictures are also part of some privately owned collections.

His favourite place to fly and photograph is Iceland. Stas believes that Iceland is one of the most photogenic countries when looked from above: combination of ice, snow, volcanic formations, glacial rivers, beaches and ocean makes for absolutely surreal and stunning sight.  Regular travellers are able to see only so much of this amazing place. 

Aerial photography allows us to see places that are inaccessible on foot, shows very different perspective and enables capturing the beauty of our Earth in its full glory and uniqueness. Stas thinks that beautiful images portraying our planet invoke deep feelings of love, admiration and respect towards the nature. And he believes that people tend to protect what they love.