Highly Commented in the prestigius European Wildlife Photographer of the Year (EWPY) 2021.

GDT - European Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Highly Commented in the prestigius European Wildlife Photographer of the Year (EWPY) 2021.

German Society for Nature Photography – GDT (Gesellschaft für Naturfotografie e.V.) announced the results of the European Wildlife Photographer of the Year (EWPY) 2021 and I am very pleased and deeply honoured for one more time, to have a Highly Commended photograph in the category – Other Animals, especialy this anniversary year, since GDT celebrates its 50th year!! Unfortunately, the award ceremony was canceled due to the restrictive measures of the pandemic, and I missed the great opportunity to be in Lünen!! European Wildlife Photographer of the Year received over 19,000 pictures from 36 countries, submitted by over 1,000 photographers and the judging panel consisted by Jim Brandenburg, Viktoria Haack, Andrew Parkinson, Ole Jørgen Liodden, Ofelia de Pablo.

Who is the GDT?

There is a society or association for wildlife and nature photography in almost every European country. In Germany, this has been the non-profit German Society for Nature Photography – GDT (Gesellschaft für Naturfotografie 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.

About the photo:

Under the quarantine due to the pandemic of COVID19 with the ban measures in place and making traveling looks like a dream, I decided to take advantage of the informations I had and photograph the frogs that live in a “nearby” pond. So I got my good friend Agorastos and we started our jurney. Upon our arrival there the photo shoot took a completely different turn when I noticed that a common watersnake (Nerodia sipedon) had something in its mouth that did not look like a frog… with a closer look I discovered that it was an Crested newt (Triturus macedonicus). Τhis unexpected event triggered a series of dives that led to the discovery of a small colony for which there are no previous reports. This species is found in Western Macedonia, Thessaly, Epirus, western Central Greece, Corfu. It was recently reduced to a species since until recently it was classified as a subspecies of the species Triturus carnifex. The final size of females reaches 18cm and males 15cm. It is mainly a nocturnal species and remains in the water about 1/3 of the time during the spring period, where it reproduces. By the end of the breeding season, females lay up to 250 eggs.

 

You can see the results from all the categories HERE.

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