Top 25 European Wildlife Photos: German Society For Nature Photography’s Winners

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The German Society for Nature Photography (GDT) recently announced the winners of the European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2023 competition. Javier Aznar González de Rueda from Spain claimed the top prize for his exceptional image, “Maternal Care.”

This year’s competition drew photographers from 42 European countries, and the international jury spent three days selecting 107 winning photos across nine standard categories and two special categories. Check out some of the most stunning winners in the gallery below.

More info: Instagram | gdtfoto.de

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#1 Mammals, Finalist: Final Moment By Bernd Nill, Germany

Image source: European Photographer of the Year

Losstar : “NOOOOOO NOT THE BUNNY”

Pond Lady : “Such a brave bunny. I hope the cat took off but… I doubt it. I wish the artist would tell us.”

Rebecca O’Donnell : “Wow, what a great photo!”

#2 Landscapes, Finalist: Land Under The Sea By Angel Fitor, Spain

Image source: European Photographer of the Year

Multa Nocte : “This is a stunner!”

#3 Plants And Fungi, Finalist: Treasures Of The Sea By César Llaneza Rodríguez, Spain

Image source: European Photographer of the Year

KiwiTriviaKween (She/Her) : “Gorgeous!”

#4 Underwater World, Finalist: Frogfish On A Throne By Gabriel Barathieu , Mayotte

Image source: European Photographer of the Year

Wendy Schkade : “For some reason reminds me of Ronald Reagan.”

#5 Mammals, Finalist: Rain Graphic By Sergey Gorshkov, Russia

Image source: European Photographer of the Year

Multa Nocte : “Just a big kitty in the rain.”

#6 Mammals, Finalist: Sloth By Antonio Sanchez Chamorro, Spain

Image source: European Photographer of the Year

NannernomminNanaPanda : “My spirit animal! :)”

#7 Man And Nature, Finalist: Ocean Drifter By Ryan Stalker, Great Britain

Image source: European Photographer of the Year

Eric Williams : “He’s still Wilson, he just grew a beard.”

Sheri Lytle : “Wilson picked up a few hitch hikers…LOL!”

#8 Landscapes, Runner Up: Paradise By Florian Smit, Gremany

Image source: European Photographer of the Year

Rebecca O’Donnell : “Paradise, indeed! Incredible photo.”

#9 Plants And Fungi, Winner: Lichen Dinner By Roberto Bueno, Spain

Image source: European Photographer of the Year

Amy Beckler “So. What was the wait-time on this recipe?”

#10 Underwater World, Runner Up: Flamenco Pose By Magnus Lundgren, Sweden

Image source: European Photographer of the Year

Karl der Große : “This is the female blanket octopus. The males don’t have a cape and are much, much smaller. The female can sometimes be 2 meters long, while the males are the size of lychee or walnut. The cape is apparently not a mating display, but a way to dazzle predators so she can get away.”

Rebecca O’Donnell : “Beautiful!”

#11 Plants And Fungi, Finalist: Veil Of Spores By Agorastos Papatsanis, Greece

Image source: European Photographer of the Year

Amos23 : “This would be good for halloween pic”

Amy Beckler : “Looks a bit like an all night buffet…”

#12 Mammals, Finalist: Inside A Tree Den By Jan Piecha, Germany

Image source: European Photographer of the Year

Renee Schuyler : “Awwww, Momma & Babes”

Amy Beckler : “Looky! There’s a milk-bar in the den!”

#13 Birds, Finalist: Pen And Inkwell By Jonathan Lhoir, France

Image source: European Photographer of the Year

Multa Nocte : “Wowza! Searching through the muddy bottom for a meal!”

#14 Mammals, Finalist: Chimera By Ilkka Niskanen, Finland

Image source: European Photographer of the Year

Multa Nocte : “Wow! Confusing! Great angle!”

#15 Other Animals, Winner: Water Ballet By Marjan Artnak, Slovenia

Image source: European Photographer of the Year

Risi Finni : “Here we have natural beauty – exquisite!”

#16 Mammals, Finalist: High Jump By Zsolt Moldovan, Romania

Image source: European Photographer of the Year

NannernomminNanaPanda : “Makes me think of the old song Dog and Butterfly….”

#17 Other Animals, Finalist: Calumma Oshaughnessyi By Petr Bambousek, Czech Republic

Image source: European Photographer of the Year

Losstar : “hehe me camoflauged no one ken see me hehe”

Amy Beckler : “Oh! He is so fabulous in all his emerald brilliance!”

#18 Birds, Finalist: One Step Forward By Tom Robinson, Great Britain

Image source: European Photographer of the Year

Rebecca O’Donnell : “Clapper rail or heron? Terrific picture!”

#19 Other Animals, Runner Up: Nest Building By Solvin Zankl, Germany

Image source: European Photographer of the Year

WindySwede : “Floofy bee!”

Bernd Herbert : “bees are awesome”

#20 Fritz Pölking Prize: Goldfinch

Image source: European Photographer of the Year

Amy Beckler : “The bird is such a tiny,colorful bunc of delicate patterns. I hope I never lose the capacity for awe.”

#21 Birds, Winner: Bird In Forest By Csaba Daroczi, Hungary

Image source: European Photographer of the Year

Allison A : “This would make a great album cover”

#22 Underwater World, Finalist: Octopus Tango By Francisco Javier Murcia Requena, Spain

Image source: European Photographer of the Year

Losstar : “hmm seems like theyre doing more than tangoing…”

#23 Other Animals, Finalist: Host Art By Cristobal Serrano, Spain

Image source: European Photographer of the Year

#24 Overall Winner: Maternal Care By Javier Aznar González de Rueda

Image source: European Photographer of the Year

#25 Other Animals, Finalist: Owlet Moth By Audun Rikardsen, Norway

Image source: European Photographer of the Year

Saumya Ratan

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