Brown basilisk or Jesus lizard (Basiliskus basiliskus) running on water © Stephen Dalton
July 10: Stephen Dalton, the legendary British wildlife photographer who pioneered the high-speed flash techniques that for the first time photographed the flight of insects and birds, will be one of the headline speakers at this year’s GDT International Nature Photography Festival.
Dalton joins an impressive list of 15 award-winning photographers including Bruno D’Amicis, Mark Hamblin, Audun Rikardsen, Heinrich van den Berg, Roy Mangersnes and others, who will be presenting their work in a two-day lecture programme in Lunen, Germany, on the weekend of October 24 and 25. Now in its 23rd year, the festival is organized by the German Society of Nature Photographers (GDT) and has grown into the most renowned nature photography festival in Europe.
Cairngorms, Arctic Norway & wild wolves
Stephen Dalton’s presentation will reveal the secrets behind some of his now iconic high-speed flash images at a time when digital photography was decades away. One of his photographs of a flying insect was selected to board NASA‘s Voyagers 1 and 2 spacecraft in 1977 as part of records conveying examples of the science and culture of mankind to possible extra-terrestrial beings.
Closer to home, Mark Hamblin and Audun Rikardsen will be focusing on the wildlife and environment of their respective local areas – the Cairngorms of Scotland and the Arctic coast of northern Norway. Paul Klaver, who won the time-lapse category at the 50th BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, will be sharing his practical tips for making time-lapse sequences, while Italy’s Bruno D’Amicis reveals the results of his 300-day field study photographing the wild wolves of the Apennine Mountains.
Exhibitions & prizes
There will also be exhibitions of the GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015, the Fritz Polking Prize 2015 and GDT Nature Photographer of the Year 2015. The festival is preceded by the presentation of prizes to the winners of these competitions at the awards ceremony on Friday, October 23. Admission is free to the award ceremony and these exhibitions, as well as others that will be displayed by visiting international photographers.
Friday’s programme of seminars and fringe events include: ‘Taking Better Pictures’, with Sandra Bartocha, Werner Bollmann and Winfried Wisniewski, and ‘Time-lapse Photography’, with Moritz Huber. The festival is also hosting a photo market, showcasing the latest camera and lens releases, and other photo equipment. Canon and Nikon will be offering a free ‘check and clean’ service for your equipment.
Online ticket sales are now open. For further information about all Festival events and to make your booking, go to: www.gdtfoto.de