Esther Horvath has been accompanying scientific expeditions to the polar regions since 2015. Yet a career in photography wasn’t her first choice: after completing her degree in Business, she spent several years working in Vienna, before finding her way to photography. Nevertheless, it had always been her true dream: “I always wanted to tell stories visually,” says Horvath. In 2012 the time had come: as she relates, she packed two suitcases and flew to New York, where she invested all of her savings into becoming a documentary photographer. Once she’d finished, she stayed in New York for a time, before joining the AWI in Bremerhaven in 2018. Her photos can frequently be seen in leading newspapers and magazines like the New York Times, National Geographic and Geo.
For the future, Horvath hopes to continue working together with researchers in the polar regions to raise awareness for climate change. She sees photography as a universal language, which she wants to use to bring together science and society.
In the context of the MOSAiC expedition, experts from 20 countries will research the Arctic for an entire year. To make this possible, from autumn 2019 to autumn 2020 the German research icebreaker Polarstern will drift through the Arctic Ocean, trapped in the ice. MOSAiC is being coordinated by the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI). To ensure that this unparalleled project is a success and yields as much valuable data as possible, more than 80 institutes have pooled their resources in a research consortium. The expedition budget is ca. 140 million euros.
For news straight from the Arctic, check out the MOSAiC channels on Twitter (@MOSAiCArctic) and Instagram (@mosaic_expedition) using the hashtags #MOSAiCexpedition, #Arctic and #icedrift.
For further information on the expedition, please visit: www.mosaic-expedition.org
In addition, you can use the MOSAiC Web App to track Polarstern’s drift route and follow developments on site, live: www.follow.mosaic-expedition.org