Student snaps award-winning photo on way home from unsuccessful shoot trip

GDT Nature Photographer of the Year 2022
The Florist (Image credit: Thomas Hempelmann - GDT Nature Photographer of the Year 2022)

The winners of the German Society for Nature Photographers (GDT) members competition have just been announced. GDT is the number one organization for nature photographers in Germany, and this year more than 6,400 members entered hoping to win the top prize: an Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II.

Thomas Hempelmann, a landscape ecology and conservation student from Greifswald, Germany, was this crowned this year's winner for a photo of a kestrel on a branch of blossoms. It was taken as he was cycling home from an unsuccessful photo tour when he spotted a bird of prey sitting on a lamppost. 

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.