GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020

European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020

On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the GDT (Society for Nature Photography, formerly Society of German Nature Photographers) 20 years ago and initiated by Klaus Nigge, the then board of management around Jürgen Borris came to make a promising decision: to increase nature photography's ties to the European idea by launching a new competition. For the board of management this meant an opportunity for all nature photographers to gain more attention on a European level, while at the same time this decision enabled the GDT and its European partners to cooperate more closely. Since then, the European Wildlife Photographer of the Year has matured to be one of Europe's most renowned competitions. Every year its results show exceptional quality, diversity and unique style offering the best of contemporary nature photography across all subjects - photographs that inspire, surprise and touch the audience, and thus support the idea of nature conservation through the means of photography.

Photographs can be entered in ten different categories: Birds, Mammals, Other Animals, Plants and Fungi, Landscapes, The Underwater World, Man and Nature, Nature’s Studio, Young Photographers and (NEW) the category Fritz Pölking Prize, which is now a category of its own within this competition.

The Young Photographers‘ category invites young photographers in two age groups (up to 14 years and 15 - 17 years) to enter their best nature images.

NEW: Fritz Pölking Prize and Fritz Pölking Junior Prize
This story and portfolio prize is from now on a special category integrated in the EWPY (European Wildlife Photographer of the Year) competition.

In recognition of GDT founder member Fritz Pölking, who died in 2007, Tecklenborg publishing house in cooperation with the GDT annually presents the Fritz Pölking Prize and Fritz Pölking Junior Prize within the context of the GDT EWPY competition. These prizes will be awarded for extraordinary work in the field of wildlife photography. This may either be a unique wildlife photography project or a portfolio of individual photographs. Judgement will focus on photographic performance as well as the overall conception, idea and creative execution.

There will be 32,000 EUR worth of prizes altogether!

Award ceremony, exhibition, media
All award-winning images will be shown as large-format prints in an exhibition which will have its premiere at the International Nature Photography Festival in Lünen (23 to 25 October 2020) and will then be presented to millions of visitors in museums, galleries and at festivals across Germany and Europe for several years. Being presented on the GDT website and its social media channels, a high-quality exhibition catalogue and an international press campaign contribute to the public exposure of this renowned competition.

For all information about the competition and how to take part, please visit our website.

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