The German Society for Nature Photography have just announced the winners of the Nature Photographer of the Year 2020 contest, and the shots are absolutely beautiful.

"Due to the coronavirus pandemic, voting was not carried out during the annual general meeting but was completed online for the first time ever in GDT's history with great participation by its members," the organization told Bored Panda in a statement.

The photographers competed in 7 categories: Birds, Mammals, Other Animals, Plants and Fungi, Landscapes, Nature's Studio, and the special category -- Water.

More info: gdtfoto.de | Facebook

#1

Winner, Other Animals. Danger In The Mud. Crocodile In A Drying Pool By Jens Cullmann

Winner, Other Animals. Danger In The Mud. Crocodile In A Drying Pool By Jens Cullmann

Jens Cullmann Report

I ❤️ 🍫
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3 months ago

It looks like some sort of huge monster that’s about to break through the surface of the earth.

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"A total of 5,046 images was submitted. After a pre-jury procedure (Alexandra Wünsch, Torsten Bittner und Jon A. Juarez), it was the GDT members' turn to make their choices from ten images in each of the seven categories."

The overall winner as well as category winners and runners-up received generous prizes by AC-Foto, GDT's partner for many years. The overall winner also received an Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III 12-40mm kit from the organization's premium partner, Olympus Europe.

#2

Overall Winner, Mammals. A Hare's Dream By Peter Lindel

Overall Winner, Mammals. A Hare's Dream By Peter Lindel

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Podunkus
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3 months ago

Beatrix Potter would be proud.

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This year, the overall winner is Peter Lindel from Dortmund, Germany, with his photo of a European hare. Lindel is a passionate photographer, focusing on local as well as African fauna. The winning image belongs to a series taken in the north of Dortmund. "Compared to many international nature photography hotspots, this region has little to offer," GDT said. "[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."

#3

4th Place, Other Animals. Toad King By Kevin Prönnecke

4th Place, Other Animals. Toad King By Kevin Prönnecke

Kevin Prönnecke Report

Matthew Smith
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3 months ago

A very proud Toad,

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#4

3rd Place, Other Animals. School Of Mackerel, Cocos Island By Henry Jager

3rd Place, Other Animals. School Of Mackerel, Cocos Island By Henry Jager

Henry Jager Report

Cathy Gaines
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3 months ago

Holy mackerel!!

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#5

Winner, Plants And Fungi. New Life In A Dead Forest. Dead Forest, Bavaria By Radomir Jakubowski

Winner, Plants And Fungi. New Life In A Dead Forest. Dead Forest, Bavaria By Radomir Jakubowski

Radomir Jakubowski Report

I ❤️ 🍫
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3 months ago

Quite soothing to look at :)

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#6

2nd Place, Mammals. Glowing Fox. Arabian Red Fox In Kuwait City By Mohammad Murad

2nd Place, Mammals. Glowing Fox. Arabian Red Fox In Kuwait City By Mohammad Murad

Mohammad Murad Report

JazzyRuns12
Community Member
3 months ago

✨Magical ✨

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#7

5th Place, Mammals. Eyelashes By Herman Hirsch

5th Place, Mammals. Eyelashes By Herman Hirsch

Herman Hirsch Report

I ❤️ 🍫
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3 months ago

*adorable*

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#8

4th Place, Mammals. Curious Glances. Raccoons, North Hesse By Jan Piecha

4th Place, Mammals. Curious Glances. Raccoons, North Hesse By Jan Piecha

Jan Piecha Report

Evgeniya Khon
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3 months ago

Aww trash pandas :)

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#9

8th Place, Plants And Fungi. Raso De La Bruma By Stefan Pütz-Cordes

8th Place, Plants And Fungi. Raso De La Bruma By Stefan Pütz-Cordes

Stefan Pütz-Cordes Report

Iris
Community Member
3 months ago

Looks like something from Lord of the rings.

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#10

5th Place, Birds. Song Of The Dawn By Maximillian Hornish

5th Place, Birds. Song Of The Dawn By Maximillian Hornish

Maximillian Hornish Report

I ❤️ 🍫
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3 months ago

I feel like this should be second place.

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#11

Winner, Special Category: Water. The Play Of Water. Hraunfossar, Island By Britta Strack

Winner, Special Category: Water. The Play Of Water. Hraunfossar, Island By Britta Strack

Britta Strack Report

*Clears throat*
Community Member
3 months ago

Ooh, put that on my bucket list!

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#12

7th Place, Mammals. Close-Up By Dr. Siegmar Bergfeld

7th Place, Mammals. Close-Up By Dr. Siegmar Bergfeld

Siegmar Bergfeld Report

Lydia Sfreddo
Community Member
3 months ago

❤️

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#13

4th Place, Nature's Studio. Stargazer By Christian Wappl

4th Place, Nature's Studio. Stargazer By Christian Wappl

Christian Wappl Report

Podunkus
Community Member
3 months ago

Admiring the constellation Scorpio, no doubt.

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#14

2nd Place, Nature's Studio. The White Coastline. Meltwater Lake, Greenland By Stephan Fürnrohr

2nd Place, Nature's Studio. The White Coastline. Meltwater Lake, Greenland By Stephan Fürnrohr

Stephan Fürnrohr Report

Bob Belcher
Community Member
3 months ago

That's awesome

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#15

2nd Place, Landscapes. Masai Mara Sky By Jose Fragozo

2nd Place, Landscapes. Masai Mara Sky By Jose Fragozo

Jose Fragozo Report

Matthew Smith
Community Member
3 months ago

Breathtaking with a side order of scary,

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#16

Winner, Birds. Take-Off. Coyote Panics Geese By Flurin Leugger

Winner, Birds. Take-Off. Coyote Panics Geese By Flurin Leugger

Flurin Leugger Report

Loki’s Lil Butter Knife
Community Member
3 months ago

Wonderful actions shot- it looks like an abstract painting!

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#17

5th Place, Landscapes. Yukon Gold Rush By Axel Gomeringer

5th Place, Landscapes. Yukon Gold Rush By Axel Gomeringer

Axel Gomeringer Report

MADELEINE KIMBALL
Community Member
3 months ago

middle earth

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#18

4th Place, Landscapes. Into The Sea By Uwe Hasubek

4th Place, Landscapes. Into The Sea By Uwe Hasubek

Uwe Hasubek Report

Carole Hamilton
Community Member
3 months ago

wow

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#19

Winner, Nature's Studio. Flooded With Light. Blackbird, North Hesse By Jan Piecha

Winner, Nature's Studio. Flooded With Light. Blackbird, North Hesse By Jan Piecha

Jan Piecha Report

Daria B
Community Member
3 months ago

It kinda looks like the kind of wallpapers that was popular in the 2000s. It's just missing a quote.

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#20

2nd Place, Special Category: Water. Milk And Honey, Reflection Of The Chalk Coast By Sandra Bartocha

2nd Place, Special Category: Water. Milk And Honey, Reflection Of The Chalk Coast By Sandra Bartocha

Sandra Bartocha Report

Phil Bowerman
Community Member
3 months ago

Pasta on the boil. (Sorry, couldn't stop myself!)

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#21

5th Place, Nature's Studio. Refraction. Refraction Of Light In The Cobweb By Burkhard Hillert

5th Place, Nature's Studio. Refraction. Refraction Of Light In The Cobweb By Burkhard Hillert

Burkhard Hillert Report

Fred and George Weasley
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3 months ago

what is this

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#22

5th Place, Other Animals. Stefan Imig

5th Place, Other Animals. Stefan Imig

Stefan Imig Report

MajikDraygon
Community Member
3 months ago

what am i looking at here?

Mala Qiu
Community Member
3 months ago

I think snail eyes.

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Lorrie Finley
Community Member
3 months ago

Kinda what I see when I take off my glasses.

Chris Watson
Community Member
3 months ago

It's A SNAIL PEOPLE!

Kim Charles
Community Member
3 months ago

Is it a snail?

Aileen Bobryk
Community Member
3 months ago

Snail with a Mario mustache?

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
2 months ago

"Now look directly at the two spirals. Your head begins to feel heavy. You are completely relaxed. Sleeeep. You are aware of nothing but my voice."

CR Harvey
Community Member
2 months ago

Yeep!

Maureen Peters
Community Member
3 months ago

Very special!

Lou Herout
Community Member
3 months ago

This is positively striking. The best!!!

Christine Barthel
Community Member
3 months ago

Snail eyes??

Barbara Baldwin
Community Member
3 months ago

Looks like Yosemite Sam..

Myxomatosis
Community Member
3 months ago

Snail!

AnnieLaurie Burke
Community Member
3 months ago

Here's looking at you, Kid!

Spencer Schwartz
Community Member
3 months ago

Snails don't have eyes.. I'm pretty sure they're feelers

Iris Schultheis
Community Member
3 months ago

Of course they´ve got eyes!

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Kylie Stovall
Community Member
3 months ago

ur looking at a snails face

Amy Pontious
Community Member
3 months ago

Should have picked another picture for 5yh place.

Bored Monkei
Community Member
3 months ago

I wonder what animal is this?

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#23

6th Place, Other Animals. Sunspider By Radomir Jakubowski

6th Place, Other Animals. Sunspider By Radomir Jakubowski

Radomir Jakubowski Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

I like spiders. They don't scare me. Not a whit. I am being serious.

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#24

7th Place, Birds. Summer's Eve By Thomas Hempelmann

7th Place, Birds. Summer's Eve By Thomas Hempelmann

Thomas Hempelmann Report

Dianne Harvey
Community Member
3 months ago

soothing

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#25

3rd Place, Mammals. Cut And Run! By Winfried Wisniewski

3rd Place, Mammals. Cut And Run! By Winfried Wisniewski

Winfried Wisniewski Report

Aunt Messy
Community Member
3 months ago

That leopard is in trouble. Warthogs are fast and vicious. They'll kill anything they get close to...and that includes animals that are a lot larger than they are.

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#26

6th Place, Landscapes. Eyjafjallajökull Volcanic Eruption By Kerstin Langenberger

6th Place, Landscapes. Eyjafjallajökull Volcanic Eruption By Kerstin Langenberger

Kerstin Langenberger Report

Sarah-Louise Pegden
Community Member
3 months ago

*inserts lord of the rings theme tune* Beautiful

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#27

2nd Place. Plants And Fungi. Klaus Tamm

2nd Place. Plants And Fungi. Klaus Tamm

Klaus Tamm Report

Amy Pontious
Community Member
3 months ago

Awesome

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#28

8th Place, Birds. Walk Along The Beach By Karsten Mosebach

8th Place, Birds. Walk Along The Beach By Karsten Mosebach

Karsten Mosebach Report

Alessandro Chaves Morgan
Community Member
3 months ago

my new wallpaper

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#29

3rd Place, Plants And Fungi. Max Fellerman

3rd Place, Plants And Fungi. Max Fellerman

Max Fellerman Report

Jeannie Carle
Community Member
3 months ago

So pretty!!!

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#30

4th Place, Birds. Ducks Tufted. Ducks And Pochards By Christoph Kaula

4th Place, Birds. Ducks Tufted. Ducks And Pochards By Christoph Kaula

Christoph Kaula Report

Jean Herring
Community Member
3 months ago

Beautiful, would never tire looking at thlem

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