Nature Photographer of the Year 2019 competition results

Nature Talks presents the results of the Nature Photographer of the Year 2019 competition. Csaba Daróczi is Nature Photographer of the Year 2019!

The Hungarian nature photographer Csaba Daróczi wins the Nature Photographer of the Year 2019 competition and may call himself “Nature Photographer of the Year 2019”. The Nature Photographer of the Year competition is an initiative of Nature Talks, the organisation that is also responsible for the Nature Talks Photo Festival that takes place in the Netherlands every year.

His winning black and white photo of two Rabbits that jump up high in the air is chosen by the jury because of the atmosphere, timing, beautiful light, perfect sharpness and composition. “This photo is proof of the fact that you don’t have to get extreme rare or extraordinary species in front of your camera to be able to create a great nature photo. If you have a vision and a creative mind you can create a great shot close to home” says Keith Wilson, chair of the jury. “The other remarkable thing is that it’s a black and white photo, but just because of that there’s a lot of energy emerging from this photo” according to Wilson.

The photographer himself: “This photo is taken in Kiskunsag, near the village of Bócsa in Hungary. I spotted a colony of rabbits and started taking photos of them. After a while I saw them jumping high in the air, especially when they were fighting over food. When I saw that, I realised that I wanted to take that photo immediately. In the end I spent more than 70 mornings in 2018 taking thousands of photos. I guess there are a few good ones amongst them.”

The judges had to choose from 14.000 images, coming from over 73 different countries. A new record for this prestigious competition. Photos could be entered in 11 different categories and also the Fred Hazelhoff portfolio award. This award was won by Gheorghe Popa, an Romanian photographer with a beautiful portfolio of Cuejdel, a small lake near to his home.

Amongst the other winners, runners up or highly commended were some great names from the world of nature photographers again. Audun Rikardsen in the birds category, Wade Hughes in the underwater category and the Dutch photographer Bart Siebelink again, this time in the Nature Art category. All the category winners, runners up and highly commended photos can be found on

The youth category (11 – 17 years old) is won by the Italian Giacomo Redaelli with a lovely shot of a nest of Long-tailed tits getting fed by their mom.

NPOTY 2019 Youth winner - Symphony no. 5 by Giacomo Redaelli

The Nature Photographer of the Year competition is organised by Nature Talks, the organisation behind the yearly Nature Talks Photo Festival. This year’s edition is on the 9th & 10th of November. There will be approximately 3000 visitors who will watch presentations by 45 international nature photographers and lecturers, go to masterclasses, visit the exhibition and so on.

Members of this year’s judging panel were:
- Keith Wilson, England, photo editor; chair of the judging panel;
- Magdalena Herrera (Fr)
- Christian Ziegler (Pan);
- Tony Wu (Jap);
- Rene Alblas, (Ne)
- Kim Verhaeghe (Be)

You can enter photos for the Nature Photographer of the Year 2020 edition starting in December 2019. The Nature Talks Photo Festival 2020 will take place on the 14th and 15th November.

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