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Winners Announced for European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021

The winners of this year’s GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year have been announced. The competition is highly regarded amongst nature photographers, and is run by the German Society for Nature Photography (GDT).

The judges selected the winning images from more than 19,000 photographs, submitted by over 1,000 professional photographers from 36 countries. 

Spanish photographer Angel Fitor has been awarded the title of European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021, with his image entitled “Medusa ballet”. The photograph captures jellyfish in the Spanish lagoon of Mar Menor.

“The powerful image spoke strongly to us jury members on many levels, and after the ecological catastrophe that occurred only a short time later at the place where it was taken, it also speaks about the massive environmental problems of this region”, says Jim Brandenburg, member of this year’s jury.

Incredibly, the eleven jellyfish shown in the picture are the result of triggering the flash eleven times. Angel Fitor states in his image caption that he actually only had two of these impressive fried egg jellyfish in his frame. With his creative technique, he has created the illusion of a swarm of jellyfish.

GDT EWPY 2021, Angel Fitor, Overall Winner

The competition is divided up into eight categories. Winner, runner-up, and highly commended images from each are featured in the gallery below:

Mammals

GDT EWPY 2021, Danny Green, Mammals, Category Winner

Birds

GDT EWPY 2021, Terje Kolaas, Birds, Category Winner

Other Animals

GDT EWPY 2021, Jan Pedersen, Other Animals, Category Winner
GDT EWPY 2021, Pal Hermansen, Other Animals, Highly Commended

Underwater

GDT EWPY 2021, Fabrice Guerin, Underwater, Category Winner
GDT EWPY 2021, Tobias Friedrich, Underwater, Runner-up

Landscape

GDT EWPY 2021, Anette Mossbacher, Landscape, Category Winner

Man & Nature

GDT EWPY 2021, Magnus Lundgren, Man & Nature, Category Winner
GDT EWPY 2021, Nicolas DeVaulx, Man & Nature, Highly Commended

Nature’s Studio

GDT EWPY 2021, Francis De Andres, Nature’s Studio, Category Winner

Plants & Fungi

GDT EWPY 2021, Tobias Richter, Plants & Fungi, Category Winner

Fritz Pölking Prize (Portfolio Award)

The Fritz Pölking Prize is a special category dedicated to nature photography stories, portfolios and special photo projects. The jury awarded Jasper Doest for his project Nsenene; a story about capturing crickets in Uganda.

GDT EWPY 2021, Jasper Doest, Fritz Pölking Prize, Category Winner
GDT EWPY 2021, Jasper Doest, Fritz Pölking Prize, Category Winner

Fritz Pölking Junior Prize (Junior Portfolio Award)

The Fritz Pölking Junior Prize went to Emile Séchaud, born in 1995, for his portfolio on the Kingdom of the Ibex.

GDT EWPY 2021, Emile Sechaud, Fritz Pölking Junior Prize, Category Winner
GDT EWPY 2021, Emile Sechaud, Fritz Pölking Junior Prize, Category Winner
GDT EWPY 2021, Emile Sechaud, Fritz Pölking Junior Prize, Category Winner

Full portfolios, along with more runner-up and highly commended images, can be found on the GDT EWPY 2021 website.

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