Nature photographers enjoy every bit of their profession. They get to see the most incredible scenery, and their photos represent a real explosion of emotions.
The winners of the Nature Photographer of the Year 2020 contest made some really amazing photos. The contest was organized by The German Society for Nature Photography.
“Due to the coronavirus pandemic, voting was not carried out during the annual general meeting but was completed online for the first time ever in GDT’s history with great participation by its members.”
The artwork was split in seven categories: Birds, Mammals, Other Animals, Plants and Fungi, Landscapes, Nature’s Studio, and Water.
1. Winner, Other Animals. Danger In The Mud. Crocodile In A Drying Pool By Jens Cullmann
“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.”
AC-Foto gave the winners special prizes. The overall winner got an Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III 12-40 mm from Olympus Europe. They are GDT’s premium partner.
2. Overall Winner, Mammals. A Hare’s Dream By Peter Lindel
It was taken in the north of Lindel’s hometown, Dortmund, Germany. It was a winner in the Mammals category, and he was the overall winner this time.
“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.”
“The European hare, once a common inhabitant of the open country all over Germany, has become a rare sight,” the photographer said.
“While the large number of hares that I used to spot every morning on my way to work in the fields and meadows north of Dortmund, prompted me twelve years ago to explore this area with my camera, it has now become increasingly time-consuming to find hares and present them in an appealing photograph.”
3. 4th Place, Other Animals. Toad King By Kevin Prönnecke
4. 3rd Place, Other Animals. School Of Mackerel, Cocos Island By Henry Jager
5. Winner, Plants And Fungi. New Life In A Dead Forest. Dead Forest, Bavaria By Radomir Jakubowski
6. 5th Place, Mammals. Eyelashes By Herman Hirsch
7. 2nd Place, Mammals. Glowing Fox. Arabian Red Fox In Kuwait City By Mohammad Murad
8. 4th Place, Mammals. Curious Glances. Raccoons, North Hesse By Jan Piecha
9. 8th Place, Plants And Fungi. Raso De La Bruma By Stefan Pütz-Cordes
10. 7th Place, Mammals. Close-Up By Dr. Siegmar Bergfeld
11. 4th Place, Nature’s Studio. Stargazer By Christian Wappl
12. 5th Place, Birds. Song Of The Dawn By Maximillian Hornish
13. Winner, Special Category: Water. The Play Of Water. Hraunfossar, Island By Britta Strack
14. 2nd Place, Nature’s Studio. The White Coastline. Meltwater Lake, Greenland By Stephan Fürnrohr
15. Winner, Birds. Take-Off. Coyote Panics Geese By Flurin Leugger
16. 2nd Place, Landscapes. Masai Mara Sky By Jose Fragozo
17. 4th Place, Landscapes. Into The Sea By Uwe Hasubek
18. 5th Place, Other Animals. Stefan Imig
19. 5th Place, Landscapes. Yukon Gold Rush By Axel Gomeringer
20. Winner, Nature’s Studio. Flooded With Light. Blackbird, North Hesse By Jan Piecha
21. 5th Place, Nature’s Studio. Refraction. Refraction Of Light In The Cobweb By Burkhard Hillert
22. 2nd Place, Special Category: Water. Milk And Honey, Reflection Of The Chalk Coast By Sandra Bartocha
23. 6th Place, Other Animals. Sunspider By Radomir Jakubowski
24. 7th Place, Birds. Summer’s Eve By Thomas Hempelmann
25. 3rd Place, Plants And Fungi. Max Fellerman
26. 8th Place, Birds. Walk Along The Beach By Karsten Mosebach
27. 2nd Place. Plants And Fungi. Klaus Tamm
28. 6th Place, Landscapes. Eyjafjallajökull Volcanic Eruption By Kerstin Langenberger
29. 3rd Place, Mammals. Cut And Run! By Winfried Wisniewski
30. 4th Place, Birds. Ducks Tufted. Ducks And Pochards By Christoph Kaula