The German Society for Nature Photography has 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.
Professional photographers competed in 7 categories: Birds, Mammals, Other Animals, Plants and Fungi, Landscapes, Nature's Studio, and the special category -- Water.
Winner, Other Animals. Danger In The Mud. Crocodile In A Drying Pool By Jens Cullmann
"A total of 5,046 stunning pictures was submitted to the photo contest. After a pre-jury procedure (Alexandra Wünsch, Torsten Bittner und Jon A. Juarez), it was the GDT members' turn to make their choices from the ten best photos in each of the seven categories."
The overall winner as well as category winners and runners-up with their beautiful photos received generous prizes by AC-Foto, GDT's partner for many years. The overall winner of the photography contest also received an Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III 12-40mm kit from the organization's premium partner, Olympus Europe.
This year, the overall winner is Peter Lindel from Dortmund, Germany, with his photo of a European hare. Lindel is passionate about wildlife photography, 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."
4th Place, Other Animals. Toad King By Kevin Prönnecke
3rd Place, Other Animals. School Of Mackerel, Cocos Island By Henry Jager
Winner, Plants And Fungi. New Life In A Dead Forest. Dead Forest, Bavaria By Radomir Jakubowski
2nd Place, Mammals. Glowing Fox. Arabian Red Fox In Kuwait City By Mohammad Murad
4th Place, Mammals. Curious Glances. Raccoons, North Hesse By Jan Piecha
8th Place, Plants And Fungi. Raso De La Bruma By Stefan Pütz-Cordes
5th Place, Birds. Song Of The Dawn By Maximillian Hornish
Winner, Special Category: Water. The Play Of Water. Hraunfossar, Island By Britta Strack
7th Place, Mammals. Close-Up By Dr. Siegmar Bergfeld
4th Place, Nature's Studio. Stargazer By Christian Wappl
2nd Place, Nature's Studio. The White Coastline. Meltwater Lake, Greenland By Stephan Fürnrohr
2nd Place, Landscapes. Masai Mara Sky By Jose Fragozo
Winner, Birds. Take-Off. Coyote Panics Geese By Flurin Leugger
5th Place, Landscapes. Yukon Gold Rush By Axel Gomeringer
4th Place, Landscapes. Into The Sea By Uwe Hasubek
Winner, Nature's Studio. Flooded With Light. Blackbird, North Hesse By Jan Piecha
2nd Place, Special Category: Water. Milk And Honey, Reflection Of The Chalk Coast By Sandra Bartocha
5th Place, Nature's Studio. Refraction. Refraction Of Light In The Cobweb By Burkhard Hillert
6th Place, Other Animals. Sunspider By Radomir Jakubowski
7th Place, Birds. Summer's Eve By Thomas Hempelmann
6th Place, Landscapes. Eyjafjallajökull Volcanic Eruption By Kerstin Langenberger
2nd Place. Plants And Fungi. Klaus Tamm
8th Place, Birds. Walk Along The Beach By Karsten Mosebach
3rd Place, Plants And Fungi. Max Fellerman
4th Place, Birds. Ducks Tufted. Ducks And Pochards By Christoph Kaula
Note: this post originally had 70 images. It’s been shortened to the top 30 images based on user votes.