The Society for Nature Photography (GDT) has announced the winners of the “European Nature Photographer of the Year” competition. The overall winner is therefore the Spanish photographer Angel Fitor with his recording “Ballet of Medusa”. The picture of the jellyfish was taken in the Spanish salt water lagoon Mar Menor – a habitat that is endangered, among other things, by intensive agriculture. It was not until August 2021 that animals died en masse in the lagoon due to a heat wave.
Jim Brandenburg, member of the jury and a well-known nature photographer, comments on the photo: “The powerful image appealed to us jury members on many levels, and after the ecological catastrophe that took place only a short time later at the place of origin […], it can [das Siegerfoto; A.d.R.] also speak for the massive environmental problems of this region. ”But that is not the only thing that makes the picture so exciting, but also its recording technology. Fitor actually only had two medusa in front of his lens, the fact that eleven animals can be seen in the picture is the result of eleven flashes.
The competition awards prizes in eight categories
In addition to an overall winner, the jury also selects winners in the eight competition categories, which depict the most important subjects for nature photographers – up to and including an artistic variety:
- Other animals
- Plants and mushrooms
- Under water
- human and nature
- Atelier nature
In our photo gallery we show the winning photos of the individual categories.
(Image: GDT ENJ 2021, )
More than 19,000 submissions
This year, according to GDT, far more than 19,000 recordings were made Competition “European Wildlife Photographer of the Year” submitted. The overall victory is endowed with 3000 euros, but the first and second place winners in the individual categories also win cash prizes of 800 and 500 euros respectively. The competition is sponsored by well-known names in the photo industry such as Canon, Olympus, Nikon and Sigma.
An exhibition with the winning pictures will soon be touring Germany. It will be opened on December 7th in the German Horse Museum in Verden near Bremen.