April 18, 2021

The GDT Nature Photographer Of The Year 2020 Announced This Year’s Winners And Here Are 25 Amazing Shots

The German Society for Nature Photography has announced the winners of the Nature Photographer of the Year 2020 contest. The pics submitted to the contest are simply stunning!

Regarding the pandemic situation, “Due to corona pandemic, voting was not carried out during the annual general meeting, but was completed online for the first time ever in the GDT’s history with great participation by our members.” –  it was said on the announcement.

The photographers competed in 7 categories: Birds, Mammals, Other Animals, Plants and Fungi, Landscapes, Nature’s Studio, and the special category — Water.

You can see all the winning photos on the GDT’s website here.

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1# 3rd Place, Plants And Fungi. Max Fellerman

Max Fellerman

2# 6th Place, Other Animals. Sunspider By Radomir Jakubowski

Credits: Radomir Jakubowski

“A total of 5,046 images was submitted. After a pre-jury procedure (Alexandra Wünsch, Torsten Bittner und Jon A. Juarez), it was the GDT members’ turn to make their choices from ten images in each of the seven categories.”

The overall winner as well as category winners and runners-up received generous prizes by AC-Foto, GDT’s partner for many years. The overall winner also received an Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III 12-40mm kit from the organization’s premium partner, Olympus Europe.

3# 7th Place, Birds. Summer’s Eve By Thomas Hempelmann

Credits: Thomas Hempelmann

This year, the overall winner is Peter Lindel from Dortmund, Germany, with his photo of a European hare. Lindel is a passionate photographer, focusing on local as well as African fauna. The winning image belongs to a series taken in the north of Dortmund. “Compared to many international nature photography hotspots, this region has little to offer,” GDT said. “[But] Peter Lindel [invested] a lot of time and blood, sweat, and tears working on this project on his doorstep. In these times, as everyone is urged to stay home, the generally classic subject of a hare gains special significance. It is also a beautiful statement for long-term exploration of a single species and region.”

4# 5th Place, Landscapes. Yukon Gold Rush By Axel Gomeringer

Credits: Axel Gomeringer

5# 5th Place, Nature’s Studio. Refraction. Refraction Of Light In The Cobweb By Burkhard Hillert

Credits: Burkhard Hillert

6# 5th Place, Other Animals. Stefan Imig

Credits: Stefan Imig

7# 2nd Place, Special Category: Water. Milk And Honey, Reflection Of The Chalk Coast By Sandra Bartocha

Credits: Sandra Bartocha

8# Winner, Nature’s Studio. Flooded With Light. Blackbird, North Hesse By Jan Piecha

Credits: Jan Piecha

9# 2nd Place, Landscapes. Masai Mara Sky By Jose Fragozo

Credits: Jose Fragozo

10# 4th Place, Landscapes. Into The Sea By Uwe Hasubek

Credits: Uwe Hasubek

11# Winner, Birds. Take-Off. Coyote Panics Geese By Flurin Leugger

Credits: Flurin Leugger

12# Winner, Special Category: Water. The Play Of Water. Hraunfossar, Island By Britta Strack

Credits: Britta Strack

13# 2nd Place, Nature’s Studio. The White Coastline. Meltwater Lake, Greenland By Stephan Fürnrohr

Credits: Stephan Fürnrohr

14# 5th Place, Birds. Song Of The Dawn By Maximillian Hornish

Credits: Maximillian Hornish

15# 7th Place, Mammals. Close-Up By Dr. Siegmar Bergfeld

Credits: Siegmar Bergfeld

16# 8th Place, Plants, And Fungi. Raso De La Bruma By Stefan Pütz-Cordes

Credits: Stefan Pütz-Cordes

17# 4th Place, Mammals. Curious Glances. Raccoons, North Hesse By Jan Piecha

Credits: Jan Piecha

18# 4th Place, Nature’s Studio. Stargazer By Christian Wappl

Credits: Christian Wappl

19# 5th Place, Mammals. Eyelashes By Herman Hirsch

Credits: Herman Hirsch

20# 2nd Place, Mammals. Glowing Fox. Arabian Red Fox In Kuwait City By Mohammad Murad

Credits: Mohammad Murad

21# Winner, Plants, And Fungi. New Life In A Dead Forest. Dead Forest, Bavaria By Radomir Jakubowski

Credits: Radomir Jakubowski

22# 3rd Place, Other Animals. School Of Mackerel, Cocos Island By Henry Jager

Credits: Henry Jager

23# 4th Place, Other Animals. Toad King By Kevin Prönnecke

Credits: Kevin Prönnecke

24# Overall Winner, Mammals. A Hare’s Dream By Peter Lindel

Credits: Peter Lindel

25# Winner, Other Animals. Danger In The Mud. Crocodile In A Drying Pool By Jens Cullmann

Credits: Jens Cullmann