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Deadline: Mar 01, 2022
Winner is: Judged
Entry: Paid Entry
Entry Fee: 35 Euro. There is no fee for category nine (K9) – Young Photographers.

European Wildlife Photographer of the Year

European Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Contest Description

For the 22th time the German Society for Nature Photography (GDT – Gesellschaft für Naturfotografie) invites photographers from all over Europe to join this year‘s competition.
The competition aims to illustrate the high quality and specific style of European wildlife photography through excellent pictures from Europe and all over the world. It also seeks to promote awareness for nature conservation through the means of photography.
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 (28 to 30 October 2022)* and will then be presented to millions of visitors in museums, galleries and at festivals in Germany and throughout Europe for several years. A presence on the GDT website, its social media channels, a high-quality exhibition catalogue and an international press campaign contribute to the broad visibility of the award-winning photographers and their images. Images can be submitted in 10 categories:

K1 – Birds
K2 – Mammals
K3 – Other Animals
K4 – Plants & Fungi
K5 – Landscape
K6 – The Underwater World
K7 – Man and Nature
K8 – Nature‘s Studio
K9 – Young Photographers (age groups: a) up to 14 years, b) 15 – 17 years)
K10 – Fritz Pölking Prize – story- and portfolio prize
K10 – Fritz Pölking Junior Prize – story- and portfolio prize (aged 26 years and under)

Umencia Art Photo

Contest Prize & TERMS

PRIZE DETAILS: There will be cash and material prizes in the amount of 32,000 EUR.

Overall winner, European Wildlife Photographer of the Year
• 3,000 EUR – donated by Canon
• certificate and trophy
• travel expenses, costs for the buffet and accommodation*

Fritz Pölking Prize
• 2,000 EUR – donated by Tecklenborg publishing house
• certificate and trophy
• costs for the buffet and accommodation*

Fritz Pölking Junior Prize
• 1,500 EUR – donated by Tecklenborg publishing house
• merchandise voucher worth 500 EUR – donated by AC-Foto **
• certificate and trophy
• costs for the buffet and accommodation*

Category winner
• K1 – 8: winners: 800 EUR & certificate
• K1 – 8: runners-up: 500 EUR & certificate

Youth category
• K9: winners: 200 EUR & certificate
• travel expenses, costs for the buffet and accommodation; (including a parent or legal guardian if applicable)*,
• K9: runners-up: 100 EUR & certificate

Highly commended
• certificate & invitation to the award ceremony, free ticket for the festival

* the realisation of the festival depends significantly on the pandemic development
** Cash equivalents as a substitute are not available Not eligible to enter? - Find contest where you are.

COPYRIGHT: By entering the competition, the photographer confirms that the entered photograph is his / her original work and the photographer is the sole owner of the copyright and that there are no third-party claims. It is the photographer‘s responsibility to obtain releases and consents in written form for publishing, exhibiting and using the awarded image if any persons appear in the photograph or if objects in the photograph are subject to the rights of third parties; it is the photographer‘s responsibility to obtain official permits where applicable. The photographer is held liable for all damages that the GDT or third parties, to whom the GDT legally granted usage of the image, may experience due to the lack of necessary release forms or missing permits. USAGE RIGHTS: Photographs awarded with a prize or highly commended may be used in the context of the competition GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year and its related public relations. The GDT is in particular entitled to publish the photographs on their website, their social media accounts and to pass the images on to newspapers and magazines for the purpose of news coverage of the competition. The GDT has also the right to use the images for marketing purposes and finding sponsors. In addition, the GDT is entitled to exhibit the photographs in Germany and abroad, to reproduce and distribute them in the form of print media and to use them to advertise the exhibitions and publications. With all of the stated usage, the connection of the images with the GDT competition European Wildlife Photographer must be clearly marked. The GDT is entitled to transfer these usage rights to third parties. For the above stated usage rights the photographer cannot claim compensation or a fee of any kind.

In case of enquiries concerning the purchase of usage rights of the awarded photographs, the GDT will forward the relevant photographer‘s contact details to the interested party.
The required prints for the exhibitions will be made on the GDT‘s own expenses, or that of third parties eligible for using the photographs. After the exhibitions have concluded, the GDT is authorized to sell the prints to interested members of the public provided the proceeds of this transaction are assigned to charitable projects, in particular nature conservation projects. Unsold prints will be destroyed.

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