Tobias Nicolai

Port expansion in Aarhus for Information

Denmarks largest port wants to be bigger. But the 1000 extra container vessels and hundreds of thousands of trucks are not found in the calculation of the climate consequences. In recent months, hundreds of citizens have protested against a planned expansion of the Port of Aarhus. The port is Denmark’s largest and accounts for about two thirds of container ship and freight traffic in Denmark, but over the coming years, the port according to the company behind will be expanded from the current 2,800,000 square meters to 3,800,000, while the amount of containers and goods is expected to increase by 50 percent.

Client: Information 

Words: Otto Lerche Kristiansen 

Photo editor: Sigrid Nygaard 

Layout: Johanne Pontoppidan & Freja Sofie

Bo Henriksen for Euroman

“I dream of becoming the best in the world. The day I find out it’s not possible, I’ll stop. I do not want to be mediocre. That was what I became as a player, and I will not bother again. ”

Bo Henriksen throws himself on his knees before the rest of his body lands on the synthetic grass surface that adorns Silkeborg IF’s stadium. Long as he is, he now lies and floats around the field in front of FC Midtjylland’s bench. He lies completely still for a few seconds. For a moment, it looks like he’s dead. But he is not. He has simply witnessed Brazilian striker Vágner Love burning a huge chance.

It is Sunday the 20th of March, and 78 minutes have been played in the showdown between FC Midtjylland and local rivals Silkeborg IF. The score is 0-0, and Bo Henriksen and his team need three points if the Central Jutlanders are to keep up with rivals from FC Copenhagen, who are in a solid points harvest. Shortly after, Bo Henriksen is back on his feet. He shouts and conducts with his players and moves quickly back and forth in the technical field as if he were a lion with burrows.

“He almost runs more than Sisto,” says a young spectator to his father, pointing at Bo Henriksen.

Client: Euroman

Words: Simon Kirkegaard

Editor: Nina Buth Olsen

Ida Jessen for Weekendavisen

“I do not remember Easter so well, what I remember is that it was spring and there was light. And then I think of the dining room that faced our courtyard, where there was a stone bridge, and then a round lawn with a mighty linden tree on it, and there were shelterbelts around the courtyard. Behind was the garden. There was white tablecloth on the table and Easter decorations, and I think about my mother being obsessed with flowers. We were supposed to have seven or nine kinds of cabbage for Easter, it was in the 70s, you could not go out and buy everything, but my mother bought enough spinach and kale, and then she went out and found sprouts of gooseberries, currants and ground elder, until there were the seven or nine varieties of green. We got it, and my mother went into it with her life and soul.”

Danish author Ida Jessen
Client: Weekendavisen
Words: Synne Rifbjerg
Photo editing: Mie Brinkmann & Peter Helles Eriksen
Layout: Mathias Hoeg

Iffe Lundberg for Euroman

A lifelong dream came true when the Danish basketball player Iffe Lundberg switched to the American basket league NBA in March, where he is the first Dane to perform ever. The shift is historic, but it landed on a sad background. It wasn’t the plan to make the switch so soon, but when Russia invaded Ukraine Iffe bought himself out of the contract with CSKA Moscow.

Client: Euroman

Words: Simon Kirkegaard

Editor: Nina Buth Olsen

Heinz Ehlers for Euroman February 2022

The talent commits

At just 16 years old Heinz Ehlers went abroad to see how far his hockey skills would take him. Shaped by the hardness of his father and the skating rink in Aalborg he distinguished himself throughout his career as one of the greatest players of his generation. Today he is the coach of the Danish national ice hockey team, which for the first time in history has qualified for the Olympics - and the father of two of the country’s most talented ice hockey players.

For: Euroman

AD: Thomas Bredesen at Twentyten

Words: Emil Foget

Editors: Kristoffer Dahy Ernst & Anders Hjort

Election in Dansk Folkeparti for Information

“With two hands almost in the air, Morten Messerschmidt runs up on stage in Herning Congress Center, where 825 delegates have just elected him as the new chairman of Dansk Folkeparti with 499 votes.

»Morten, Morten, Morten,« the audience sings and gives the 41-year-old Messerschmidt a standing ovation.

Although the mood at the moment is ecstatic, make no mistake. The election is the culmination of a presidential showdown marked by violent personal intrigues, where even more profiles have decidedly threatened to leave the party if Morten Messerschmidt were to be elected as the new chairman.”
Client: Information

Words: Martin Bahn

Photo editor: Sigrid Nygaard

Cement politics for Weekendavisen

“It is hard to imagine when standing here in the cold looking up the metal stairs, silos and conveyor belts. When the 50’s suddenly rolls by on a freight bicycle in neon yellow boiler suit and soot under the eyes. When chalk dust and steam are dancing in the low sun. But right here in the eastern part of Aalborg they emit four percent of Denmark’s total CO2 emission. As much as 200.000 average Danes. 2,3 million tonnes per year. like all of Burkina Faso, where, after all, 21 million people live. 

The managing director himself comes down and picks up the photographer and me at the reception. Welcome and here you go, here is a helmet and reflective vest, then into a minibus and on a guided tour. Sunshine and a light drizzle at the same time. Well look, a really big pile of sand!

The technique has been known since Antiquity. Limestone + sand + crazy high heat = cement. Throw stone and gravel in the cement and you get concrete. Put steel in the concrete and you get armored concrete. And then you can build the modern world.

Today eight percent of the global CO2 emission comes from cement production - three times as much as the air traffic of the world. In three years, from 2011 to 2013 China used more cement than the USA throughout the 20th century.”

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For: Weekendavisen

Words: Christian Bennike 

Photo editor: Mie Brinkmann

Layout: Liv Ajse

Jeanette Varberg for Zetland

In almost ten years Jeanette Varberg has become a form of rockstar in a field that doesn’t really smell like rock n’ roll - the history of Denmark all the way back to the stone age. Her books are bestsellers. The latest, Urtid, was published in October 2021 and by christmastime the second print was gone. Her lectures are sold out everywhere with a packed audience and people queuing to get their books signed and talk about archeology. Jeanette Varberg has made it her special method to find the parts of our shared past that is not all about years and faceless events, but touches the human experience. She looks for other ways through history than most of us met in school. The one that makes up the past in kings and wars. Instead Jeanette Varberg looks at the women’s role in past societies, on minorities and investigates what phenomena like climate and pandemics has entailed for the world’s development. Contrary to most other historians she employs drama, fiction and what-if-theories to make the story more catchy for the modern audience.

Client: Zetland

Words: Marie Carsten Pedersen

AD: Mikkel Bøgild Jacobsen

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