European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018 Winners Unveiled

European Wildlife Photographer of the Year has just unveiled its 2018 competition winners, celebrating the best and most beautiful from Europe’s top wildlife photographers.

Captivating imagery abound, this year’s competition is a wealth of spectacular wildlife photography without creative limits. Receiving over 18,100 entries from across 35 European countries, a panel of expert judges narrowed the final selection down to just 85 of fabulously eye-watering quality.

“Our jury’s preference proved to be for images with more meaning, photos that required more time and careful contemplation to appreciate the purpose behind their artistic expression,” said judge Sophie Stafford.

Created by the Society of German Nature Photographers (GDT), the competition’s ten categories cover all aspects of the natural world, including Birds, Mammals, Landscapes, Man and Nature, Underwater World, and more.

An Overall Winner was also awarded, with the top spot going to Cristobal Serrano for his aerial amalgam of brilliant and vivid colours. Depicting a dense flock of blazing flamingos as they feed at Lake Bogoria, the image is a swirl of pink and black interspersed by snaking golds and blues of the highly alkaline water. This striking mix of colour is an abstract delight and has earned Serrano 3,000 Euros and an all expenses paid trip to the award ceremony.

Patron of the competition, Dr Beate Jessel from the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) detailed how the image is also an important reflection on the threats to flamingos and similar species from climate change.

“In their diet, lesser flamingos depend on a type of cyanobacteria typically found in highly alkaline salt lakes, and due to availability and composition of this basic food source, the species is very sensitive to change.”

Other winners include Jan van der Greef from the Netherlands, whose image of a silhouetted wolverine stalking across a snowy landscape topped the Mammals category, and Joan de la Malla of Spain for his haunting capture of a chained macaque playing the clown for a crowd.

The award ceremony will take place on Friday 26th October 2018 at the 26th International Nature Photography Festival of the GDT, with the winners then exhibited at the Hanesaal gallery in Lünen before a three-year tour of Germany and Europe.

Check out the winning selection below:

Overall Winner

GDT EWPY 2018 © Cristobal Serrano


GDT EWPY 2018 © Jaime Culebras


GDT EWPY 2018 © Jan van der Greef

Other Animals

GDT EWPY 2018 © Christian Wappl

Plants and Fungi

GDT EWPY 2018 © Hannu Ahonen


GDT EWPY 2018 © Frutos Egea

Underwater World

GDT EWPY 2018 © Claudio Ceresi

Man and Nature

GDT EWPY 2018 © Joan de la Malla

Nature’s Studio

GDT EWPY 2018 © Johan Siggesson

Young Photographers – Up to 14 Years

GDT EWPY 2018 © Lasse Kurkela

Young Photographers – 15 to 17 Years

GDT EWPY 2018 © Simon Johnson

For more information visit the European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018 website.

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Ed Carr is a Yorkshire-born landscape photographer and nature writer. Having spent his youth in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, he takes any opportunity to don his hiking boots and head out, camera in hand. When not out taking pictures or hastily scribbling down his thoughts, Ed’s halfway up a hill out chasing after his dog, Hendrix.

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