30 Breathtaking Winning Photos From The GDT Nature Photographer Of The Year 2020 Contest

Published 4 years ago

Now that the majority of us are stuck at home due to the quarantine, there’s nothing we’d like more than to go out into nature. And while trips to the forest or the beach will have to wait a little while, today we have something that will make that wait a little more bearable – the breathtaking winning photos from the Nature Photographer of the Year 2020 contest organized by the German Society for Nature Photography.

In an interview with Bored Panda, the organization said that due to the pandemic, voting wasn’t carried out during the annual general meeting – it was done online for the first time in GDT’s history. The participants competed in 7 different categories: Birds, Mammals, Other Animals, Plants and Fungi, Landscapes, Nature’s Studio, and the special category — Water.

This year, 5,046 images were submitted to the competition and after a pre-jury procedure conducted by Alexandra Wünsch, Torsten Bittner and Jon A. Juarez, GDT members took turns voting, choosing ten images in each of the seven categories. The overall winner received an Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III 12-40mm kit and the runner-ups got generous prizes by AC-Foto, a partner of GDT.

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

Image source: Jens Cullmann

#2 4th Place, Other Animals. Toad King By Kevin Prönnecke

Image source: Kevin Prönnecke

The overall winner of this year’s competition was Peter Lindel from Dortmund, Germany, with his photo of a European hare take in Northern Dortmund. “Compared to many international nature photography hotspots, this region has little to offer,” said the organizers. “[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.”

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

Image source: Henry Jager

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

Image source: Peter Lindel

#5 2nd Place, Mammals. Glowing Fox. Arabian Red Fox In Kuwait City By Mohammad Murad

Image source: Mohammad Murad

#6 4th Place, Nature’s Studio. Stargazer By Christian Wappl

Image source: Christian Wappl

#7 5th Place, Mammals. Eyelashes By Herman Hirsch

Image source: Herman Hirsch

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

Image source: Radomir Jakubowski

#9 8th Place, Plants And Fungi. Raso De La Bruma By Stefan Pütz-Cordes

Image source: Stefan Pütz-Cordes

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

Image source: Britta Strack

#11 4th Place, Mammals. Curious Glances. Raccoons, North Hesse By Jan Piecha

Image source:  Jan Piecha

#12 7th Place, Mammals. Close-Up By Dr. Siegmar Bergfeld

Image source: Siegmar Bergfeld

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

Image source: Stephan Fürnrohr

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

Image source: Maximillian Hornish

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

Image source: Flurin Leugger

#16 4th Place, Landscapes. Into The Sea By Uwe Hasubek

Image source: Uwe Hasubek

#17 2nd Place, Landscapes. Masai Mara Sky By Jose Fragozo

Image source: Jose Fragozo

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

Image source: Jan Piecha


#19 2nd Place, Special Category: Water. Milk And Honey, Reflection Of The Chalk Coast By Sandra Bartocha

Image source: Sandra Bartocha

#20 3rd Place, Mammals. Cut And Run! By Winfried Wisniewski

Image source: Winfried Wisniewski

#21 5th Place, Nature’s Studio. Refraction. Refraction Of Light In The Cobweb By Burkhard Hillert

Image source: Burkhard Hillert

#22 5th Place, Landscapes. Yukon Gold Rush By Axel Gomeringer

Image source: Axel Gomeringer

#23 5th Place, Other Animals. Stefan Imig

Image source: Stefan Imig

#24 7th Place, Birds. Summer’s Eve By Thomas Hempelmann

Image source: Thomas Hempelmann

#25 3rd Place, Plants And Fungi. Max Fellerman

Image source: Max Fellerman

#26 6th Place, Landscapes. Eyjafjallajökull Volcanic Eruption By Kerstin Langenberger

Image source: Kerstin Langenberger

#27 6th Place, Other Animals. Sunspider By Radomir Jakubowski

Image source: Radomir Jakubowski

#28 8th Place, Birds. Walk Along The Beach By Karsten Mosebach

Image source: Karsten Mosebach

#29 2nd Place. Plants And Fungi. Klaus Tamm

Image source: Klaus Tamm

#30 4th Place, Birds. Ducks Tufted. Ducks And Pochards By Christoph Kaula

Image source: Christoph Kaula

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