Now that the majority of us are stuck at home due to the quarantine, there’s nothing we’d like more than to go out into nature. And while trips to the forest or the beach will have to wait a little while, today we have something that will make that wait a little more bearable – the breathtaking winning photos from the Nature Photographer of the Year 2020 contest organized by the German Society for Nature Photography.
This year, 5,046 images were submitted to the competition and after a pre-jury procedure conducted by Alexandra Wünsch, Torsten Bittner and Jon A. Juarez, GDT members took turns voting, choosing ten images in each of the seven categories. The overall winner received an Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III 12-40mm kit and the runner-ups got generous prizes by AC-Foto, a partner of GDT.
#10 Winner, Special Category: Water. The Play Of Water. Hraunfossar, Island By Britta Strack
#9 8th Place, Plants And Fungi. Raso De La Bruma By Stefan Pütz-Cordes
#8 Winner, Plants And Fungi. New Life In A Dead Forest. Dead Forest, Bavaria By Radomir Jakubowski
#7 5th Place, Mammals. Eyelashes By Herman Hirsch
#6 4th Place, Nature’s Studio. Stargazer By Christian Wappl
#5 2nd Place, Mammals. Glowing Fox. Arabian Red Fox In Kuwait City By Mohammad Murad
#4 Overall Winner, Mammals. A Hare’s Dream By Peter Lindel
#3 3rd Place, Other Animals. School Of Mackerel, Cocos Island By Henry Jager
#2 4th Place, Other Animals. Toad King By Kevin Prönnecke
The overall winner of this year’s competition was Peter Lindel from Dortmund, Germany, with his photo of a European hare take in Northern Dortmund. “Compared to many international nature photography hotspots, this region has little to offer,” said the organizers. “[But] Peter Lindel [invested] 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.”