Winners Announced for European Wildlife Photographer 2021

The winners of the GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition for this year have been revealed. The German Society for Nature Photography hosts the competition, which is well-known among nature photographers (GDT).

From over 19,000 shots submitted by over 1,000 professional photographers from 36 countries, the judges chose the top images.

With his work “Medusa ballet,” Spanish photographer Angel Fitor has been named European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021. Jellyfish in the Spanish lagoon of Mar Menor are captured in this image.

“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.

Surprisingly, the eleven jellyfish in the image are the result of the flash being triggered eleven times. In his image description, Angel Fitor notes that he only had two of these outstanding fried egg jellyfish in his frame. He generated the effect of a swarm of jellyfish using his inventive approach.

GDT EWPY 2021, Angel Fitor, Overall Winner

There are eight categories in the tournament. In the gallery below, you’ll find the winning, runner-up, and highly commended photographs from each category:

Birds

GDT EWPY 2021, Terje Kolaas, Birds, Category Winner

Mammals

GDT EWPY 2021, Danny Green, Mammals, Category Winner

Underwater

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

Man & Nature

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

Landscape

GDT EWPY 2021, Anette Mossbacher, Landscape, Category Winner

Other Animals

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

Plants & Fungi

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

Nature’s Studio

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

Fritz Pölking Prize (Portfolio Award)

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)

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
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