Stunning symmetrical kites image wins Nature Photographer of the Year

GDT Nature Photographer of the Year 2023 winning photo of two kites on a telegraph pole
Scenes of a marriage (Image credit: Silke Hüttche)

Silke Hüttche has just been announced as the GDT Nature Photographer of the Year 2023 for her image Scene of a Marriage. The annual photography competition is run by the German Society for Nature Photography exclusively for society members. This year, nearly 7,000 images were submitted from 424 members across 13 countries, and more women than ever entered. 

The GDT Nature Photographer of the Year is split into seven categories: birds, mammals, other animals, plants and fungi, landscapes, nature’s studio, and urban nature. There was also a Prize of the Jury, awarded to Dominik Jaschka for his image Beyond which captured a double exposure image at Saxon National Park in Switzerland. 

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Observer (Image credit: Jens Cullman)

Christian Höfs was awarded first place in the bird category for a beautiful pastel-hued image of a partridge in fallow land taken in Marburg, Germany. Wildlife and conservationist photographer Jenns Cullman came out on top in the Mammals category with his image Observer which shows a herd of buffalo surrounded by dust. 

Sebastien Vogel took home the top prize in the other animals category with a simple but effective image of a snail on filigree grass, while the plants and fungi category winner was awarded to Antje Kreienbrink for a photo of water lilies that almost looks like a painting. 

The landscape category was won by Britta Strack for her image taken at the foot of a glacier surrounded by low-lying clouds in the Großglockner Mountains. The nature’s studio category award went to Florian Smit for the image On the Way to Hell which depicts a dead moth on the Rio Tinto in Spain. 

Water lily painting (Image credit: Antje Kreinenbrink)

This year’s panel of judges included freelance nature photographer Felix Wesch, who often works on projects close to home, and Christine Averberg, a wilderness educator and nature photographer who has a particular love for Germany and Scandinavia. Stephen Amm who has been a keen photographer since he was a child thanks to his father owning a Leica makes up the third member of the panel. 

Winners and runners-up in each category received various prizes sponsored by AC-Foto, while the overall winner will take home an Olympus OM-D E-M1X plus M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8 lens. To find out more information on how to become a member and to view all the winning and shortlisted entries, head to the GDT competition website.

Grey Partridge (Image credit: Christian Höfs)

Mystical Glacier (Image credit: Britta Strack)

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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.