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GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020

For the 20th 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 (23 to 25 October 2020) 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.

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

Fees:

Paid

Prizes:

here will be cash and material prizes in the amount of 32,000 EUR.

Award Ceremony
All winning participants will receive an invitation to the award ceremony, free tickets to the GDT International Nature Photography Festival 2020 in Lünen as well as the exhibition catalogue.

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

Eligibility:

The competition is open to photographers resident in Europe as well as GDT members, who may or may not be resident in Europe.

Copyrights & Usage Rights:

Copyright and right to one‘s own picture

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 2020 and its related public relations. The GDT is in particular entitled to publish the photographs on their website 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 2020 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.

Theme:

Environmental Landscape Macro/Micro Nature Underwater Wildlife Seascapes