As photographers, we’re slaves to and obsessed with light. The way it flows; the way it morphs a scene from ordinary to extraordinary. These special moments are curated from my travels all over the world and they depict various moments in natural light that have stuck with me.

Lola Akinmade’s photography and travel stories are often characterized by vitality and hope. With a Masters degree in Information Systems from the University of Maryland and a minor in geography. Lola specialized in geographical information systems for 12+ years and her affinity for geosciences and maps meant that she was born to travel.

Her work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, BBC, CNN, The Guardian, Travel and Leisure, Slate, Travel Channel, Lonely Planet, Forbes, Fodor’s, AFAR, National Geographic Channel, Adventure Magazine, several in-flight magazines and The New York Times, among others. Several of her articles and images have also been syndicated on MSNBC, Slate, Yahoo, New York Daily News, Chicago Sun Times, Huffington Post, and Time Warner, just to name a few.

In addition to contributing to several travel books, Lola is the author of the following books: Rätt Norrut, winner of the 2018 Lowell Thomas Award for best travel book,  and the bestseller Lagom: The Swedish Secret of Living Well, so far in 18 language editions. Most recently, she received the Bill Muster Award for Travel Photographer of the Year 2018 as well as having the honour of being named as one of The Most Influential People of African Descent within media and culture in 2018.

Born in Nigeria. Studied in the USA. Based in Sweden.

National Geographic video portrait
The Parlor video portrait for The Affordable Art Fair
Lola Akinmade Åkerström on Artsy