GDT Nature Photographer of the Year 2020

Winner of the members' competition by the Society for Nature Photography (GDT) is awarded to Peter Lindel from Dortmund, in Germany, with the photo of a European hare.

In their annual members' competition, the Society for Nature Photography has selected the GDT Nature Photographer of the Year. Due to corona pandemic, voting was not carried out during the annual general meeting, but was completed online for the first time ever in the GDT's history with great participation by its members.

Overall winner is Peter Lindel from Dortmund in Germany with the photo of a European hare. He is a photographer by passion. His emphasis is on local as well as African fauna. The winning image is part of a series of photographs taken in Dortmund's north. Compared to many international nature photography hot spots, this region has little to offer. Peter Lindel spent a lot of time and blood, sweat and tears working on this project on his doorstep. In these times, as everyone is urged to stay home, the generally classic subject of a hare gains special significance. It is also a beautiful statement for long-term exploration of a single species and region.

Peter Lindel about his photo:
“The European hare, once a common inhabitant of open country all over Germany, has become a rare sight. While the large number of hares that I used to spot every morning on my way to work in the fields and meadows north of Dortmund, prompted me twelve years ago to explore this area with my camera, it has now become increasingly time-consuming to find hares and present them in an appealing photograph.

This photo A hare's dream was taken in July of 2019 when months of searching a suitable location led me to a dirt road, which offered the most beautiful morning light, lovely vegetation and ... three hares. Dreamy, curious, careful, anxious. These are the adjectives that I find describe the expression of 'my hare' best.

GNPY 2020, Flurin Leugger, GDT

In this competition Peter Lindel came out on top with his photo A hare's dream in a field of 307 GDT members from 11 countries. A total of 5046 images was submitted. After a pre-jury procedure (Alexandra Wünsch, Torsten Bittner und Jon A. Juarez), 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 Water.

Again, the overall winner as well as category winners and runners-up will receive generous prizes by AC-Foto, the GDT's partner for many years. The overall winner also receives an Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III 12-40mm kit by our premium partner Olympus Europe.

GNPY 2020, Jens Cullmann, GDT

The winners of the individual categories
In the category Birds Flurin Leugger from Switzerland won with Take off, a flock of snow geese put in a flurry by a coyote. The photo of a European hare in Dortmund's north made Peter Lindel the winner of the category Mammals. This atmospheric photograph also made him the overall winner of the competition. Danger in the mud is the title of the winning image of a crocodile in a mud pool by Jens Cullmann in the category Other Animals. In the category Plants und Fungi Radomir Jakubowski came first with the photo New life in a dead forest. The category Landscapes was won by Benjamin Waldmann with the photo Magic light, a tree in the fog in the Albtrauf region; the category Nature's Studio saw Jan Piecha on top with Bathed in light – the atmospheric photograph of a singing blackbird. In the special category Water Britta Strack's photo Water feature received the highest score, a photograph of Hraunfossar waterfalls on Iceland.

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).

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