GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016

Competition Rules & Participation

An important information for all participants:

We have extended the deadline!
New closing date for the competition “GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016” is Monday, March 7 2016 (12:00 a.m.).

Best wishes and good luck! We'll keep our fingers crossed for you!


Take part ... the competition GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016!

For the 16th time the Society of German Nature Photographers (Gesellschaft Deutscher Tierfotografen - GDT) invites professional and non-professional photographers from all over Europe to join this year‘s competition.

The competition aims to illustrate the high quality and specific style of European wildlife photography through excellent pictures from Europe and all over the world. It also seeks to promote awareness for nature conservation through the means of photography.


All Infos

The competition rules are available for download:

ENGLISH: Competition Rules (PDF - 1,5 MB)
FRANÇAIS: Reglèment du concours (PDF - 1,5 MB)
ESPAGNOL: Reglas del concurso (PDF - 1,5 MB)

Entry form for submitting entries by post:

ENGLISH/GERMAN: Entry form / Formulaire de participation / Formulario relleno (PDF - 481 kB)

Entry deadline is 1 March 2016 at midnight (CET)!


  • There will be cash and material prizes in the amount of 25,000 EUR altogether.

  • Overall winner: 3,000 EUR, invitation to the award ceremony (travel expenses, costs for the buffet and accommodation)

  • K 1 – 8: winners: 800 EUR, runners-up: 500 EUR

  • K 9: winners: 200 EUR as well as an invitation to the award ceremony (travel expenses, costs for the buffet and accommodation; includes expenses for an accompanying adult), runners-up: 100 EUR

  • All winning participants will receive free tickets to the GDT International Nature Photography Festival 2016 in Lünen as well as the exhibition catalogue.


Judging Panel

  • Theo Bosboom, NL (wildlife photographer)
  • Dr. Alexander Mustard, GB (wildlife photographer)
  • Guillaume Bily, FR (wildlife photographer)
  • Peter Cairns, GB (wildlife photographer)
  • Cornelius Nelo, DE (wildlife photographer)

Meet our judges...


Online participation 2016 is finished.