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Deadline: Mar 01, 2021
Winner is: Judged
Entry: Paid Entry
Entry Fee: 35 Euro

NYC4PA Photo Awards
GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year

GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Take part …
… in the competition European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021!

This competition is open for photographers residing within Europe and for GDT members.

Closing date is 1 March 2021 at midnight (CET)

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.

Let’s get started – on 15 January 2021!

Categories

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; topics may be chosen freely and do not need to correlate to one of the other categories).

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.

Jury

As every year our jury consists of seasoned photographers from all over the world. This year’s jury members

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)

All jurors will be presented in more detail on our website soon.

Prizes

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

There will be cash prizes of 800 Euro resp. 500 Euro for the winners as well as the runners-up of each category. The overall winner will receive 3 000 Euro in cash provided by CANON.

The winner of the special prize Fritz Pölking Prize will receive 2 000 Euro in cash donated by Tecklenborg publishing house.
The Fritz Pölking Junior Prize offers young photographers up to 26 years (inclusive) of age the possibility to win 1 500 Euro in cash (donated by Tecklenborg publishing house) as well as a merchandise voucher worth 500 Euro (donated by AC-Foto).

All photographers whose pictures are selected will receive the exhibition catalogue as well as free tickets for the International Nature Photography Festival in Lünen. This year, the realisation of the festival depends significantly on the pandemic development.

Exhibitions, festival, 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 – the realisation of the festival depends significantly on the pandemic development) 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 entering the competition, the competition rules, explanation about the categories as well as information about our jury members please visit our website www.gdtfoto.de.

We look forward to receiving your images!

Contest Prize & TERMS

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

There will be cash prizes of 800 Euro resp. 500 Euro for the winners as well as the runners-up of each category. The overall winner will receive 3 000 Euro in cash provided by CANON.

The winner of the special prize Fritz Pölking Prize will receive 2 000 Euro in cash donated by Tecklenborg publishing house.
The Fritz Pölking Junior Prize offers young photographers up to 26 years (inclusive) of age the possibility to win 1 500 Euro in cash (donated by Tecklenborg publishing house) as well as a merchandise voucher worth 500 Euro (donated by AC-Foto).

All photographers whose pictures are selected will receive the exhibition catalogue as well as free tickets for the International Nature Photography Festival in Lünen. This year, the realisation of the festival depends significantly on the pandemic development. 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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