Lola Akinmade Akerstrom Biography and Profile

Nigerian-born Lola Akinmade Åkerström’s photography and travel writing are characterized by vibrancy and hope. Graduating with a Masters (MSc) degree in Information Systems from the University of Maryland with a minor in Geography, she specialized in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for 12+ years and her affinity for the geosciences and maps meant she was born to travel. Read more...
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Lola Akinmade Åkerström - Lola Akinmade Akerstrom

Nigerian-born Lola Akinmade Åkerstrom’s photography and travel writing are characterized by vibrancy and hope. Graduating with a Masters (MSc) degree in Information Systems from the University of Maryland with a minor in Geography, she specialized in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for 12+ years and her affinity for the geosciences and maps meant she was born to travel.

She is the 2018 Travel Photographer of the Year Bill Muster Award recipient.

Her work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, BBC, CNN, The Guardian, Travel + Leisure, Slate, Travel Channel, Lonely Planet, Fodor’s, National Geographic Channel, several in-flight magazines, New York Times online, amongst others.

Some of her articles and photography have been syndicated on MSNBC, Slate, Yahoo, New York Daily News, Chicago Sun Times, Huffington Post, and Time Warner.

Her photography is represented by National Geographic Creative.

She was in South Africa on a photography assignment for National Geographic Channel and was featured in a vignette called “Through The Lens” which airs on Nat Geo channel across the globe.

She worked as a field journalist on the web team during Eco-Challenge’s Expedition Race in Fiji and has volunteered as a photojournalist with the Swedish Red Cross and World Hope International, documenting their projects in countries such as Nicaragua, Sweden, and Cambodia, and C.H.I.E.F – an NGO based in Nigeria that promotes grassroots health development, HIV/AIDS awareness, and the empowerment of women.

She is also a founding member of the Nordic Travel Bloggers (NordicTB) collective which brings together the top professional travel influencers and digital storytellers in the Nordic countries of Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, and Iceland.

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She owns and runs Geotraveler Media – a multimedia and travel consulting firm providing a spectrum of travel media-related services from writing, photography, and art to web design, and social media.

She is the editor-in-chief of Slow Travel Stockholm – an editorial site which encourages travelers to explore Stockholm deeper and slowly, and was the photoblogger for Sweden’s official website.

She has been recognized with awards for her work.

She is also the cartoonist behind Office Supplies – The Comic © and an oil painter.

She is based in Stockholm, Sweden and available for assignments around the world.

Awards

  • 2017 NATJA  Awards 
    Bronze
    “Nordic Vibe – Stockholm”, KLM Holland Herald – Category 103: Destination Travel, International MagazineFinalist
    “Nordic Vibe – Stockholm”, KLM Holland Herald – Category 120: Special Focus Travel Articles – Print: Lifestyle
    “How Sweden makes Outdoor Fun a Priority,” Outside Magazine – Category 142: Special Focus Travel Articles – Internet: Sports, Recreation, and Adventure
    “How Sweden makes Outdoor Fun a Priority,” Outside Magazine – Category 150: Special Focus Travel Articles – Internet: Cultural, Educational, Self-Improvement Travel”110 Everyday Photos of Bologna, Italy,” Geotraveler’s Niche – Category 176A: Photography: Photo Essay – Online Publication
  • 2017 Eastern Chapter Writing/Photo Awards – Society of American Travel Writers (SATW)
    Category 1 – Single Destination – PHOTOGRAPHY
    Second Place – Lola Akerstrom, for Stockholm
    First Place – Lola Akerstrom, for LagosCategory 4 – Food and Wine – PHOTOGRAPHY
    First Place – Lola Akerstrom, for From Sea to TableCategory 5 – Sport or Adventure – PHOTOGRAPHY
    First Place– Lola Akerstrom, for her photo of the Northern LightsCategory 7 – History – PHOTOGRAPY
    First Place – Lola Akerstrom, for Enchanting Odense
  • 2016 SATW Lowell Thomas Awards 
    Bronze – Best Travel Blog – Slow Travel Stockholm
  • 2016 SATW Eastern Chapter Awards 
    Several articles and photography awards
  • 2016 Solas Awards – Best in Travel Writing
    Honorable Mention – The Terracotta Life
  • 2015 NATJA – Category 127: 50+ Travel
    Gold – “The New Age of Adventure,” Women’s Adventure Magazine
  • 2015 NATJA – Category 125: Personality and Profiles
    Silver – “The New Age of Adventure,” Women’s Adventure Magazine
  • 2014 NATJA – Category 140: Local Lifestyle
    Bronze – “The Silence of the Swedes,” Roads & Kingdoms/Slate
  • 2014 Solas Awards – Best in Travel Writing
    Bronze Award – Travel & Shopping – Fake Birds
  • 2013 NATJA – Category 193: Travel Tips & Advice
    Silver – “5 Ways to Get More Mileage From Smart Phone Photos,” Mashable
  • 2013 NATJA – Category 140: Local Lifestyle
    Bronze – “The Silence of the Swedes,” Roads & Kingdoms/Slate
  • 2013 NATJA – Category 172: Landscape, Seascape
    Bronze – “10 Tips for Photographing Northern Lights,” Fodor’s
  • 2013 NATJA – Category 125: Personality and Profiles
    Finalist – “Insight-Ice Hotel/Arne Bergh,” Qatar Airways Oryx Inflight Magazine
  • 2013 NATJA – Category 149: Culinary Travel
    Finalist-  “Navigating Gothenburg’s Culinary Scene,” BBC Travel
  • 2013 Solas Awards – Best in Travel Writing
    Gold Award – Culture and Ideas – Decoding Lagom (Sweden)
    Bronze Award – Brown-eyed Girl Meets Blue-Eyed Boy
  • 2013 Regional Award Winner: Africa
    The Hot Mommas® Project (Press release)
  • 2012 NATJA – Category 173: Portrait, People
    Bronze – “Through the Lens: Kwazulu-natal, South Africa,” National Geographic Channel
  • 2012 NATJA – Category 149: Culinary Travel
    Silver – “10 Things to Know About Sweden’s Food Culture,” Sweden.se
    Bronze – “Sweden’s Stinky Tradition,” BBC Travel
  • 2012 NATJA – Category 132: Eco, Environmental or Special Purpose Travel
    Finalist – “Stockholm’s Green Groove,” Thai Airways’ Sawasdee In-Flight Magazine
  • 2012 NATJA – Category 176: Photo Essay
    Silver – “The Spirit of Lapland,” Wild Junket
  • 2012 Professional Journalism Scholarship Award
    International Food, Wine, & Travel Writers Associations
  • 2012 Solas Awards – Best in Travel Writing
    Silver Award – Travel and Food – Meat My Love (Global)
  • 2011 NATJA – Category 145: Personality and Profiles (Internet)
    Gold Award – “Slow Food From Sápmi” – Sweden.se
    North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA)
  • 2011 NATJA – Category 149: Culinary Travel (Internet)
    Gold Award – “Revamping classic Irish tea at Dublin’s Merrion Hotel” – Matador Network
    North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA)
  • 2011 Solas Awards – Best in Travel Writing
    Silver Award – Travel and Food – Sweet Pillows (Portugal)
  • 2011 Black Weblog Awards
    Judges’ Vote – Best International Blog – Geotraveler’s Niche
  • 2011 Lowell Thomas Award – Silver (Group Award)
    Online Travel Journalism Site – Matador Network
    Society of American Travel Writers (SATW)
  • 2010 NATJA – Category 140: Local Lifestyle (Internet)
    Silver Award – “Back to Sender” – Matador Network
    North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA)
  • 2010 NATJA – Category 120: Local Lifestyle (Print)
    Bronze Award – “Röckåbilly” – Hemispheres
    North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA)
  • 2010 Lowell Thomas Award – Silver (Group Award)
    Online Travel Journalism Site – Matador Network
    Society of American Travel Writers (SATW)
  • 2010 Solas Awards – Best in Travel Writing
    Gold Award – Travel and Shopping – Walkway to Nowhere (Nigeria)
  • 2009 Solas Awards – Best in Travel Writing
    Bronze Award – Travel and Shopping – Market Hopping Around Lagos (Nigeria)
    Honorable Mention – Our Engagement or Yours (Nigeria)
    Honorable Mention – Racing on Thin Ice (Sweden)
  • 2008 Narrative Travel Writing Contest — Runner-Up Winner
    Transitions Abroad – Market Hopping Around Lagos (Nigeria)

Photography Awards & Mentions

  • 2018 Bill Muster Travel Photographer of the Year
  • 2017 Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY) – Finalist (Two images)
  • 2016 Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY) – Finalist  (Three images)
  • 2016 Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year – Shortlisted (Two images)
  • 2016 PDN World in Focus Competition – Winner – Professional: Outdoor Scenes
  • 2015 Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY) – Finalist – “Colors of the World” Category
  • 2015 Bill Muster Photo Competition – Four (4) Awards
    Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) – Gold – People, Bronze – People, Bronze – Action, Bronze – Portrait
  • 2015 Årets InstagraminspiratörTravellink.
  • 2015 FlipKey – 10 Travel Photographers to Inspire You
  • 2015 Sensational Travel Photos of 2015 – Holidaylettings/TripAdvsior
  • 2014 Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year – Shortlisted
  • 2013 Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY) – Finalist, Vanishing and Emerging Cultures.
  • 2012 Nigerian Blog Awards – Nominee for Best Travel Blog
  • 2012 Editor’s Weekly Pick – National Geographic Traveler’s  Contest – Travel Portrait
  • 2012 Photography Masters Cup – One (1) nomination – Portrait Category
  • 2012 Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year – Two (2) Shortlists
  • 2011 Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY) – Finalist – “Spirit of Adventure” Category
  • 2011 Photography Masters Cup – Two (2) nominations – Food and Portrait
  • 2011 Editor’s Favorite Pick – National Geographic Traveler’s World In Focus – Four (4) Photos
  • 2011 ISLANDS Magazine– Honorable Mention for photo “Aeolian Islands”.
  • 2011 PLANET Magazine– Three (3) Photos – Honorable Mention
  • 2011 Nigerian Photography Awards– Two (2) catgeories – Honorable Mention
  • 2010 Editor’s Favorite Pick< – National Geographic’s Your Shot – On The Go
  • 2010 Photography Masters Cup – Nominee in People Category
  • 2009 Honorable Mention – <Explorers’ Corner Photo Contest
  • 2009 International Photography Awards – 2 Honorable Mentions< – Deeper Perspective, Travel/Tourism
  • 29th Annual Spring Photography Contest – Finalist< – Publication in Best of Photography 2009 Book – Photographer’s Forum Magazine
  • 2009 July – Featured on Front Page – <National Geographic Adventure’s Readers Photo Challenge
  • 2009 Winner – Moments of Togetherness< – Pikeo
  • 2009 May- Fresh M.I.L.K Competition< – Selected from 35,000 entries – Publication in Friendship, Family, Love & Laughter in November 2009
  • 2009 April – Smithsonian Magazine Online< – Photo of the Day
  • 2009 Photography Masters Cup< – Nominee in People Category
  • 2009 February- Week 4 Daily Dozen< – National GeographicMagazine
  • 2009 Peterman’s Eye Travel Contest< – Honorable Mention
  • 2009 December – Been There Finalist< – The Guardian UK
  • 2009 February – Been There Finalist< – The Guardian UK
  • 2009 January – Been There Finalist< – The Guardian UK
  • 2008 Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY) <– Shortlisted Finalist – Life Category
  • 2008 November – Week 2 Selection< – National Geographic Books
  • 2008 August – Week 2 Selection< – National Geographic Online
  • 2008 November – Been There Finalist< – The Guardian UK
  • 2008 August – Been There Finalist< – The Guardian UK
  • 2008 Remarkable Photo Contest Winner< – Perceptive Travel
  • 2008 International Photography Awards – 5 Honorable Mentions
  • 2008 One City, Many Destinations – Honorable Mention<
  • 2008 CITY Magazine – Travel Photography Competition
  • 28th Annual Spring Photography Contest – Finalist – <Publication in Best of Photography 2008 Book – Photographer’s Forum Magazine
  • 2008 Photo of the Day – Woman in Ccaccaccollo, Peru – <Gadling
  • 2008 Photo of the Day – Hawkers – <Gadling
  • 2008 July Friday Photo – <WEND Magazine
  • 2008 Photo of the Day – Busker on a Windy Day< – Gadling
  • 2008 Photo of the Day – Smiling Alpaca – <Gadling
  • 2008 Global Eye: Seattle
  • 2008 Photo of the Day – Monkey Drinking Fanta – <Gadling
  • 2008 Away Network – <Your Daily Escape
  • 2007 Honorable Mention – <Px3’s Human Condition Competition
  • 2007 Finalist – <November Contest: Perspective – Circuit City
  • 2007 November Daily Dozen Pick – <National Geographic Magazine
  • 2007 Finalist – <Socio-Economic Development Contest – Development Gateway Foundation
  • 2007 Finalist – <Animal Antics Contest – Gap Adventures
  • 2007 Finalist – <June Contest: Motion – Circuit City
  • 2006 Honorable Mention – <International Photography Awards – IPA

– Lola Akinmade Åkerström Biography and Profile (Lola Akinmade Åkerström)

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