Nuisance - Klaus Tamm is the GDT Nature Photographer of the Year 2019
During their annual general meeting last weekend, the Society of German Nature Photographers (Gesellschaft Deutscher Tierfotografen - GDT) selected the GDT Nature Photographer of the Year 2019. The overall winner is Klaus Tamm from Wuppertal, Germany with the photo of a yellow-collared mouse.
Klaus Tamm: "In Spring 2017 my friend Hermann Hirsch lured me to Romberg Park in Dortmund, where he had discovered a large number of mice at different locations. The park gets a lot of visitors, who would often scatter birdfeed in the winter months. In the evening hours, this supply of food regularly attracted many yellow-collared mice. All we had to do was capture the lively animals with our cameras. A flash unit brought light into the darkness. The light source was placed behind the feeding place to highlight our leading characters from behind. Because the mice were difficult to spot in the darkness, it took many tries to come away with some good images. We visited these wonderful creatures for several days in a row. One evening a mosquito joined one of the mice, obviously intending to tap it for dinner. It was a blessing for the composition but a nuisance for the mouse."
Since his teenage years, when Klaus Tamm first got his hands on a reflex camera, he has made it his cause to raise people's awareness for nature. Creating artistic images that make the viewer pause and look is his intention. His photography travels have led him to remote places in Norway, Sweden, Finland, Bulgaria, Romania and Spain, but also to South Africa, South America and the Falkland Islands.
Klaus Tamm's images have been awarded many times in international nature photography competitions, among others Wildlife Photographer of the Year and GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year.
In this competition, he succeeded with his image Nuisance in a field of 270 GDT members from 11 countries. A total of nearly 4,600 images was submitted. After a pre-jury procedure by Gisela Schmid, Jan Leßmann and Carsten Braun, last weekend it was the GDT members’ turn to make their choices from ten images in each of the seven categories: Birds, Mammals, Other Animals, Plants & Fungi, Landscapes, Nature's Studio, and this year's special category Action.
Again, all winners and runners-up as well as the overall winner received generous prizes sponsored by AC-Foto, the GDT's long-term partner. In addition, the overall winner was presented with an Olympus OM-D E-M1 MKII incl. a kit lens by our premium partner Olympus Europe.
The winners of the individual categories
The category Birds saw Stefan Christmann come out on top with What'cha got?, a photo of emperor penguins. The shot of a yellow-collared mouse brought Klaus Tamm the winning title in the category Mammals. This atmospheric photograph also made him the overall winner of the competition.
Those in darkness drop from sight is the name of the winning photo of an ant at night by Antje Kreienbrink in the category Other Animals. The first place in the category Plants and Fungi went to Heinz Buls and Lily-of-the-valley. Kevin Prönnecke succeeded in the category Landscapes with The meadow awakes, a foggy morning at the Elbe Valley meadows; in the category Nature's Studio Gerstin Gumm was selected as winner with I and I - sea foam at the North Sea reflecting the photographer’s image a hundredfold.
In the special category Action two entries received the highest score: Dr. Siegmar Bergfeld won with the photo of a bathing blackbird in the Hungarian nature reserve of Puztazeri. He shares this win with Hermann Hirsch, who also won in this category with White flash, the photo of a mountain hare in Scotland.
Every year the competition GDT Nature Photographer of the Year is exclusively run for the Society's members (unlike the competition GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year, which is open to all photographers resident in Europe).
The exhibition GDT Nature Photographer of the Year 2019 will be on display at the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation in Bonn from May 29 until the end of September. The exhibition will be officially opened 28 May at 5 p.m. A selection of the images will also be shown at the GDT International Nature Photography Festival running October 25 to October 27, 2019. View all awarded images at: www.gdtfoto.de