26 - 28 October 2018


(in the order of the program)

Espen Bergersen (NO)

Espen Bergersen

A Norwegian whale tale

It was around Christmastime 2010 when unexpectedly an incredulous number of humpback whales and orcas appeared off the coast of the Norwegian island of Andøya. It soon emerged that North Norway's population of herring had chosen this place as a new wintering ground, and the whales were tempted to follow this sudden oversupply of food.
Eight years have passed since then, and every winter I have followed this phenomenon with my camera by land, sea and air, often capturing incredulous situations with my camera.
About Espen Bergersen
As a young boy I spent hours watching birds in the wetlands around my childhood home at Andøya in Northern Norway. My interest for birds was soon followed by the desire to capture my experiences by camera. Since I took my first bird photograph 25 years ago, my interest in nature photography has increased almost exponentially. My focus is still on the wildlife of the northern parts of Norway, but landscape photography is also taking up more of my time. In the past eight years I have specialized in photographing whales during the winter months. Following my interest for nature, I have studied biology at the university of Tromsø, where I still live to this day. Professionally, I work offshore as a drilling fluids engineer in Norway.


I look forward to my visit to Lünen and the opportunity to tell you about my Norwegian whale adventures.

Sebastian Hennigs, GDT (DE)

Dangerous heritage – Natural treasures on former military training areas

The east of Germany is abundant with old military training areas. Once protected by military use, they grew into unique natural areas of exceptional biodiversity. Since the last soldiers have left, new wilderness areas of outstanding beauty develop. It is here that nature reconquers habitat bit by bit. Sandy deserts turn into grasslands, grasslands into heath and then into young forests. Abandoned bunkers have become a home for over-wintering bats, and in the deep tracks left by tanks, tiny fairy shrimps develop. Bogs and other wetlands developed undisturbed and offer now an indispensable habitat for dragonflies and amphibia.
In September 2018 Knesebeck publishing house will release the first edition of a corresponding coffee-table book.
Sebastian Hennigs is originally from the middle of the Ruhr region, where he came to experience nature photography early through his volunteer work for environmental protection projects. After successfully finishing a traineeship as a photographer and a degree in earth sciences, he now works as a freelance photographer and photo journalist in Berlin. He tries to capture strong expressions of biodiversity, various environmental issues, untouched wilderness and the human influence on nature. His images and reports have been published in numerous magazines, books and calendars.

Sebastian Hennigs

Short lecture - Birgit Potthoff, GDT(DE)

ICESCAPES – Setting off to inner landscapes

I see the camera as a tool to discover structures and shapes in interplay with reflexions of light. This range is invisible to the naked eye. I have the possibility to immerse myself in a miniature world with seemingly endless variations of my subject and to find new ICESCAPES. A long period of time that allows for the icescapes to grow, invites me to be patient and diligent, constantly looking at new areas of ice.
There are multifarious inclusions such as gas bubbles that have risen from the water's ground, algae and parts of other plants. Depending on how quick or fast the water freezes, different structures appear. Again and again it reminds me of living structures, I believe to recognize cell clusters as they are usually seen under the microscope.
Years of countless trials have helped develop a keen eye, but I am always amazed and happy about some of the results nature reveals. The combination of nature, art and technology is always dear to me.
About Birgit Potthoff
As a child I spent every weekend at High Fens in the Eifel region of Germany with my parents and siblings. This period of time shaped my love for nature. Then, as an architect, my eye was trained in the constructional field. Microstructures in nature were always taken as examples in building construction and optimized technical use of buildings. In addition, I have always been interested in building history and painting.
Today, the camera offers me the possibility to combine all these interests. From the idea to the finished image, a short lecture or any other creative presentation, it is all in my hands.
I believe, nature is the greatest artist of all! My humble task is to capture the beauty of nature in an image, to take delight in it and pass on my enthusiasm to the audience and viewers of my images.
Birgit Potthoff

Short lecture: Wilfrieg Vogel, GDT (DE)

Plant dreams - Subjects between day and night

Wilfried Vogel
Wilfried Vogel (born in 1958) lives with his wife in Oldenburg, Germany and works as an engineer in the civil service. He was passionate about nature in his childhood and enjoys many happy memories of outdoor adventures. As a youth and young adult other interests were more important: motor cycling was among his favourites for a long time. Photography only had its place during holiday trips to Scandinavia.
But nature photography increasingly took hold of him. So after 20 years he sold the motorbike in 2000 and bought his first "real" slr camera, a Nikon F100. In 2006 he made contact with the GDT regional group Lower Saxony, and he is a full member of the GDT since 2009.
Over the years, Wilfried Vogel developed a favour for macro photography, especially using wide-open aperture and selective focus. He particularly enjoys photographing on his doorstep, i.e. in the Oldenburg region.

"For many years I took macro photos with a completely clean backdrop, but now I have come to prefer images that provide some structure in the background. In this lecture you will see images that often look a bit jungle-like."

"As many of the photos on the lecture are rather dark, I have named it "Plant dreams" as a reference to the night time with its dreams. The images were created using a wide-open aperture and selective focus. I took most of them flat out on the ground."
Wilfried Vogel

Short lecture: Project "Wildes Ruhrgebiet"

Wildes_Ruhrgebiet_Guido Alfes

Moments of urban nature

At first sight the Ruhr region does not seem to offer ideal working conditions for nature photographers. Nevertheless, some local nature photographers have got together for the photo project Wildes Ruhrgebiet (“Wild Ruhr region”). In a joint photographic effort, they aim to present the Ruhr region's semi-natural habitats and places of beauty worth to be discovered. Obviously, there is a lack of large wilderness areas, but in between shopping malls, heavy industry and traffic routes there are indeed small stretches where many a plant or animal species has found a habitat.

These neighbours of ours are what Wildes Ruhrgebiet would like to highlight and raise their voice for. This includes to raise awareness for habitats that nature needs and that are indeed there already.

There are, for instance, semi-natural forests still to be found, or even meandering streams and creeks. Egrets and kingfisher hunt at the remaining riparian forests of the Ruhr river, and in the adjoining farmland and meadows hares and deer can be encountered. And our industrial wasteland in particular represents a type of habitat that is almost unique to the Ruhr region, offering a last resort for many specialised species whose original habitats have disappeared long ago. Without the wasteland we are going to lose these species altogether and also the distinctive character of the Ruhr region.

Theo Bosboom, GDT (NL)

Shaped by the Sea

Coasts are among the most dynamic natural environments on earth. The landscape is constantly changing under the influence of waves, tides and currents. Some of these changes can be seen immediately, while others only become visible after years or even centuries. This intertidal zone characterized by constant change is home to a large variety of plant and animal species that are so well adapted to the conditions that they can survive in this extreme habitat.
For his book project Shaped by the Sea Theo Bosboom explored some of the most remarkable beaches along the Atlantic coast of Europe, from Portugal in the southwest to Norway in the northeast, each with its own character. In his lecture, Theo shows the variety of landscapes along the Atlantic coast and highlights some of the creatures of the intertidal zone. Furthermore, he shows the dynamics and the power of the sea and its constantly modelling influence on the land.

Theo Bosboom Theo Bosboom is a passionate photographer from the Netherlands. In 2013 he turned his back on a successful legal career to pursue his dream of being a fulltime professional photographer. He is well known for his creativity, his eye for detail and composition and the ability to find fresh perspectives.
Theo’s photographs are regularly published in magazines such as National Geographic (Dutch edition), GEO and OnLandscape and have been awarded in renowned photo competitions throughout the world. Theo has published two photo books: Iceland pure (2012) and Dreams of Wilderness (2015). His third book Shaped by the Sea (2018) will be initially presented in Lünen.

Theo Bosboom

Javier Aznar González de Rueda (ES)

The amazing world of insects –Life on the limit

During the last decades, the populations of most insects have decreased dramatically. But insects are one of the mainstays of the ecosystem, and without them, the rest begins to totter, changing ecological processes significantly and irreversibly. Our human existence also depends on them in many ways - but their extinction is almost imminent.

Javier Aznar, biologist and photographer, will talk about how photography can help with the conservation of the smaller animals and what we can do in order to stop this worrying loss. He will also talk about his adventures in the tropics documenting the immense diversity of insects still finding a habitat there and trying to raise awareness for what is at risk if we do not take better care of the planet.
Javier Aznar González de Rueda, 29 years old, is a biologist and professional wildlife photographer who focuses on the natural history, science and conservation of insects. He is an emerging photographer for the International League of Conservation Photographers. His work is represented by the National Geographic Creative Agency and he is a Sony Europe Imaging Ambassador. He has lived in Ecuador for the past three years, where he was working on several stories about insects and other small animals with the aim to promote the conservation of the tropics. He also guides photography tours in Ecuador.

Javier Aznar Gonzalez de Rueda

Jo-Anne McArthur (CA)

Animals in the Anthropocene - Our cameras as tools for change

"As photographers, filmmakers and editors, we have the power to change the trajectory of environmental and species destruction. Our work can be influential and historical and the tool is already in our hands." Journey through Africa, Asia, Europe and North America with Jo-Anne McArthur as she shares the stories of animals who are caught in the web of the Anthropocene, as well as her own journey as a photojournalist for animals. So often, animals are hidden from view and the public conscience; their stories would never come to light without undercover and investigative work. They are individuals caught in the bush meat trade; megafauna used for entertainment; foxes, alligators and other animals bred en masse for their furs and skins; and sometimes, they are the animals who have been saved, or are protected by humans working on their behalf. With McArthur, become immersed in the power of animal stories, and the potential for the camera as a tool for change.
Jo-Anne McArthur is a photographer, author, and sought-after speaker. Through her long-term body of work We Animals she has been documenting our complex relationship with animals in over fifty countries for the last 15 years. McArthur was the subject of the critically acclaimed 2013 documentary The Ghosts in Our Machine, which followed her as she documented animals trapped in the web of the Anthropocene and advocated for their rights as sentient beings.
She is the author of two books, We Animals and Captive, and co-founder of The Unbound Project, which celebrates women animal advocates worldwide. McArthur’s images have been used by hundreds of organizations, media, publishers and academics. Shoots and speaking engagements keep McArthur on the road up to eight months each year; her home bases are Canada and Denmark.
Jo-Anne McArthur by Lesley Marino

Gunther Wegner (DE)

Modern timelapse photography with the dslr

Gunther Wegner will take you on a journey through the fascinating world of timelapse photography. With magnificent images from his travels around the globe, he provides an insight into the possibilities and challenges of modern timelapse photography, while motivating his audience to try out this exciting variation of photography for themselves.

Gunther Wegner

Gunther Wegner is a blogger, photographer and author and the developer of LRTimelapse, the world-leading software for timelapse photographers. He also runs workshops and trainings on photography, timelapse and video, and he guides photo tours throughout the world.

Carlton Ward Jr. (US)

Florida Wild: Hidden in Plain Sight

Carlton Ward Jr. has roots in Florida that go back eight generations. Following in the footsteps of bears and panthers, he uses his photography to inspire conservation of his beloved home state’s nature and culture. As founder of the Florida Wildlife Corridor project, Carlton campaigns for public support to connect, protect and restore the statewide network of lands and waters that support Florida’s wildlife and people. Ward has trekked more than 2,000 miles through the corridor, during two National Geographic-supported missions, producing the award-winning photography and books that illustrate the importance of giving wildlife room to roam. Now embarking on his most important journey, Ward aims to accelerate the rate of conservation in Florida. His current National Geographic project, Path of the Panther, focuses on one of world’s most elusive and endangered carnivores to show how the Florida panther can help us save the Corridor and keep the Everglades connected to the rest of America.

Author, photographer, conservationist, and National Geographic explorer Carlton Ward Jr. is the author of four books, and his photographs have been published widely, including in National Geographic, Audubon, Smithsonian, and Nature Conservancy magazines. Carlton has received the Conservation Leadership Award from the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida and the Rolex Artist-in-Exploration Award from the Explorers Club.
Carlton Ward Jr by Mac Stone

GDT Regional Group 10 Saxony / Saxony-Anhalt

Natural treasures of Central Germany

Taking you on a photographic excursion, the RG 10 will be presenting the diversity and unique beauty of nature in Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt in a way that also considers the region's environmental problems like intensive farming and open-pit mining.
Scenic highlights will include a focus on the alpine regions of the Harz mountain range and Elbe sandstone highlands as well as the Elbe meadows. The romantic Ilse valley in an explosion of autumn colours, Caspar-David-Friedrich-like views of the bizarrely shaped rocks of Saxon Switzerland or the sun breaking through the morning mist at the Elbe meadow near Dessau – unique subjects for which our landscape photographers rarely ignore an annoying alarm clock at 4 o'clock in the morning.

Many of our photographers are devoted to the feathered world. And this is no wonder as our realms offer great possibilities to capture attractive species like bee-eaters, kingfisher, corn crakes or wrynecks.
But the flower enthusiasts also get their go. Spring snowflakes and other flora in a riparian forest near Leipzig, lady's slippers and other rare orchid species at the Muschelkalk region around the rivers of Saale and Unstrut, pasque flowers in the last rays of evening light: there are many subjects for those focussing on the ground armed with either old or new macro lenses.

GDT-RG 10 Arbeitsfoto Gernot Pohl

GDT-RG 10 Arbeitsfoto Axel Schmoll
The regional group Saxony/Saxony-Anhalt (RG10) in its current form was established in 2009 on an initiative by Gernot Pohls. At present it has 29 members, of which 12 are full members of the GDT; a number we are very proud of. The leading team since 2016 consists of Gernot Pohl and Axel Schmoll. A passion for nature unites all our members. Many are volunteers at environmental projects and in their often rather tight time schedule they try to capture the most exciting and magnificent moments with their cameras. The group's focus is on animal photography, but landscape, plant and macro photography have now also found their place, providing the whole range of nature photography.

Klaus Nigge, GDT (DE)

Mbuni – The great bird of Africa

With all their specialities and superlatives, ostriches could easily be the undisputed stars among all of Africa's animals.
But living in the African savanna surrounded by elephants, lions and all the other charismatic large animals, it is no wonder that the crowds of safari tourists barely stop for a quick obligatory shot of an ostrich before returning to the quest of their most beloved subject "leopard on tree".

Klaus Nigge, although on his first visit to Africa, captured lions and giraffes only as a sideline, concentrating instead on this large bird and its amazingly unknown life.

Throughout the world ostriches are raised on farms for their meat and feathers, and it is here, where no lions or elephants upstage them, that they are the uncontested stars for every visitor. We will also talk about this.

Klaus Nigge Portrait

Klaus Nigge is a wildlife photo journalist. After studying biology, philosophy and art he worked as a biologist before becoming a freelance photographer in 1995. Currently he mainly works for GEO and National Geographic Magazine. He was president of the GDT between 1993 and 1996, and together with the team of the board of management he initiated the first GDT Nature Photography Festival in his home town of Lünen.

Milan Radisics (HU)

New perspectives – Fascinating waterscapes from above

Using drones has changed my relationship with photography significantly. With every "flight" the bird's eye perspective offers new possibilities, and I begin to look at the landscape's history of origin and its true character in a completely new light. In particular, regions shaped by the influence of water offer fantastic possibilities for drone photography, be it rivers, lakes, lagoons or tidal coasts. When the sea retreats, muddy marshland turns into a master piece of abstract art, invisible to those who stay on the ground. The view from above offers the possibility to understand how water shapes the planet, but also shows the stark influence of human activities on the natural water balance. Subjects like fish ponds, flooded open-pit mining areas or river deltas may be dull and unstructured on the ground. But viewed from high up, a complex order reveals itself.

In my lecture I will take you on a "plane trip" over frozen Swedish lakes, salt pans in Slovenia, magnificent fish ponds in Hungary and over the lagoons and estuaries of Italy, Spain and France.

Originally from former Yugoslavia, the 50-year old lives today in Budapest, where he runs an agency for multimedia communications. His work is being presented in exhibitions all over the world and has been awarded in numerous prestigious competitions. His stories are published in National Geographic, BBC-Wildlife and other well-known magazines.

Milan Radisics

Bruno D'Amicis, GDT (IT)

The secret of the giants - Discovering Europe's oldest beech forests

In 2017 UNESCO has included the beech forests of the Abruzzo National Park of Central Italy in the transnational World Heritage site of the Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and other Regions of Europe. This important recognition underlines the relevance of these marvellous mountain forests for the preservation of evolutionary processes and ecological dynamics of the species Fagus sylvatica in the Mediterranean basin. Endangered Apennine brown bears, wolves, wildcats, Lilford’s woodpeckers, goshawks, owls, salamanders and a stunning array of other unique wildlife and plant species thrive in the area.

But more importantly, in the early 2000s forest scientists have discovered trees in this region which are close to six hundred years old. This ground-breaking fact actually extended the lifespan known for this species thus making those trees the oldest Angiosperms known on the European continent.

We have explored the primeval beech forests of the Abruzzo mountains with cameras, camera traps and drones documenting their unique structure, their complex ecology and stunning biodiversity. During this fieldwork, we have discovered a world lost in time, a real “heritage”, whose value goes well beyond its national boundaries and deserves to be revealed.

Bruno D'Amicis lives and works in the shadow of the Abruzzo mountains, although he often travels abroad for his projects. Passioned about wildlife since his early childhood, he holds a M.Sc. cum laude in biology, and he is a full-time wildlife photographer since 2004 with a particular interest in habitat and biodiversity conservation issues.
His images earned several awards, among others the first prize in the category Nature at the prestigious World Press Photo Contest 2014 and the Fritz Pölking Prize in 2015. His work has been published in numerous magazines, including National Geographic Magazine, GEO, BBC Wildlife and Terre Sauvage. He has also published five books. Bruno D'Amici is passionate about nature conservation, and so he regularly collaborates with NGOs in Italy and abroad. Bruno's work mainly focuses on multimedia projects mixing photography, education and conservation.

Bruno DAmicis

Dorin Bofan (RO)

Terra Silva – Romania's forests between art and conservation

In my lecture I would like to present my on-going project Terra Silva that focuses on the diversity and richness of the forest ecosystems. An important part of the project is dedicated to Romania's forests, among them some of the last virgin forests in Europe. As exploitation and destruction of these habitats increase, a new view of the natural world and the necessity to protect it develops. This is the case with the forests in Romania too, where a small group of courageous environmentalists fight hard to bring down a corrupt system that affects not only nature, but society as a whole.

Dorin Bofan

About Dorin Bofan

Dorin Bofan is a nature photographer and tour guide. He lives with his wife and their son in the heart of Transylvania. He organizes trips for nature photography enthusiasts in countries like Norway, Iceland, Faroe Islands, Scotland, Argentina but also back home in Romania. His images have been awarded at renowned photo competitions such as the GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year and the NHM Wildlife Photographer of the Year.


Christoph Kaula & Jessica Winter, GDT (DE)

The Ural owl in Austria - The return of an indigenous species

Only a hundred years ago the Ural owl was still an endemic species in Austria. But loss of habitat as well as illegal hunting in the mid-20th century caused this great owl to vanish from Austria's forests. It is being reintroduced in the Vienna Woods and the northern edge of the Alps for a few years now.
Biologists and nature photographers Christoph Kaula and Jessica Winter have been working closely with this reintroduction project for quite a few years. They take us with them on a journey to the new and old home of this rare forest bird, to the beech forests of the Vienna Woods.

Jessica Winter
Jessica Winter is a biologist and nature photographer. During her course of studies, she had the opportunity to spend a research season on a small uninhabited island of the Falkland Archipelago that is home to a large colony of seabirds. Other travels have led her to Costa Rica, South Africa and Swedish Lapland. After an internship with the project for reintroducing Ural owls, she decided to continue her studies in Vienna. In the past years she has dedicated more photographic time and effort to nature conservation and the protection of species; with her images she would like to raise awareness for these issues. She is also a member of the multimedia project Viennese Wilderness.

Christoph Kaula (born in 1990) is a passionate ornithologist and nature photographer. His studies in biology have led him to far-flung places around the globe providing many diverse learning opportunities. He moved to Vienna for his master degree, where his photographic emphasis soon focussed on owl species and urban nature photography. More often than not, the tele lens stays behind at home in favour of photographing animals with a wide-angle lens. With his images Christoph Kaula would like to support public relations activities and conservation projects like the one about the reintroduction of Ural owls.


Instagram: @impressionenjaeger

Christoph Kaula