There is a society or association for wildlife and nature photography in almost every European country. In Germany, this has been the non-profit Society of German Nature Photographers – GDT (Gesellschaft Deutscher Tierfotografen e.V.) since 1971. As Europe’s leading association for nature photography, we benefit from a strong international network and pooling of knowledge and experience for almost 50 years in the fields of authentic, aesthetic and documentary nature photography and nature conservation alike.
The GDT demands and supports nature photography that embraces authenticity, true conservation and artistic quality to the same degree.
This is by no means a contradiction but a fertile triad as the GDT’s members show in their photographs and in their striving for quality, joint learning and the ambition to improve as a photographer as well as a conservationist.
The members of the GDT are organised in 15 regional groups in Germany, one in Switzerland and a group of young photographers. Every autumn the GDT hosts an international nature photography festival with lectures and slide shows by photographers from all over the world, exhibitions, seminars and workshops on current topics of nature photography. On a quarterly basis, the GDT also publishes the high-quality magazine Forum Naturfotografie printed by Tecklenborg publishing house. In addition, the GDT provides two annual competitions that are met with great enthusiasm: the member’s competition “GDT Nature Photographers of the Year” as well as the open competition European Wildlife photographer of the Year open to all professional and non‑professional photographers resident in Europe. The patron for the European competition is Prof. Dr. Beate Jessel, President of the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation. Together with the Tecklenborg publishing house the GDT hosts also the international Fritz Pölking Prize, wich is awarded yearly for extraordinary work in the field of wildlife photography.
Besides private members from Germany, Europe and overseas, the GDT’s aims and general work is backed by numerous supporters from the photography circuit, such as well-known camera manufacturers and special suppliers of nature photography, publishing houses and agencies. Further information at www.gdtfoto.de
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