European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021 call for entries

European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021
In 2001, the then board of the GDT (German Society for Nature Photography) initiated the European Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. Since then, it 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. In creative image compositions, surprising subjects and unusual perspectives the results of this competition display the nature around us in touching images and support the idea of nature conservation through the means of photography. Authenticity is the highest precept for all the photographs.

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 the category Fritz Pölking Prize, which is 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.

European Wildlife Photographer of the Year (EWPY) 2021
The competition is open to photographers resident in Europe as well as GDT members.

Birds, Mammals, Other animals, Plants and fungi, Landscapes,
The underwater world, Man and nature, Nature studio.
Youth categories: Youth - 14 yrs, Youth 15 - 17 yrs.

Fritz Pölking Prize & Fritz Pölking Junior Prize

Jim Brandenburg – USA (Wildlife photographer)
Viktoria Haack – UK/CA (Landscape photographer)
Andrew Parkinson – UK (Wildlife photographer)
Ole Jørgen Liodden – NO (Wildlife photographer)
Ofelia de Pablo – ES (Writer, Filmmaker)

Closing date: 01 March 2021 at midnight (CET)

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.

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 (29 to 31 October 2021) 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:

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

Please share this post:

Leave A Reply