25.-27. October 2019

Speakers

Maurizio Biancarelli, Bruno D'Amicis, Luciano Gaudenzio (IT)

One country – A thousand landscapes The mountains of Italy as seen by L'Altro Versante


About five years ago, Maurizio Biancarelli, Bruno D'Amicis und Luciano Gaudenzio came together to explore the Italian mountains and to draw up the first complete documentation of the country's natural landscapes. Motivated by a mutual sense for adventure and joint by long-standing years of experience, the three photographers carried out more than 100 photo missions to the most remote, unique, fragile and unknown places of Italy collecting a huge number of images and stories to celebrate their natural heritage.
During these years of field work they were searching for special light conditions, unusual perspectives and unknown places with the aim to create images with a classical air and timeless validity. From the glaciers of Monte Bianco to the lava fields of Sicilian volcanoes, from the transboundary forests of the Julian Alps to the unexplored canyons of Calabria, L'Altro Versante is a surprising and unforgettable ride through the "other" Italy, which far from the postcard stereotypes, appears as a truly wild country and stunning biodiversity hotspot.
About L’Altro Versante

L‘Altro Versante is a project by renowned Italian photographers Maurizio Biancarelli, Luciano Gaudenzio and Bruno D'Amicis. Their CVs include numerous awards at prestigious competitions, publications in the most important media worldwide, books and appearances on tv and at public events and festivals. To convey their message, they believe in the power of images, and with their work they aim to raise awareness for Italy's unique nature and the urgent need for habitat and species conservation. The team was accompanied by a tv crew with director Marco Rossitti, who produced a series of short films. Pascale Huitorel managed the entire project, while Andrea Zampatti curated the corporate and product design.

Bruno D’Amicis: www.brunodamicis.com
Luciano Gaudenzio: www.naturalight.it
Maurizio Biancarelli: www.mauriziobiancarelli.net
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Klaus Echle, GDT (DE)

Wildcats –Their return to our forests


The return of wildcats to Germany's forests is a story of success. For a long time they were considered extinct in many parts of Germany. Now the timid animals trace their way back to local forests and captivate cat lovers as much as nature enthusiasts. Due to their rarity and high conservation status, scientific programmes and campaigns have been adopted to gain more knowledge about the secretive life of wildcats in Germany. From the very beginning, Klaus Echle documented the project in Baden-Wuerttemberg with his camera in all its aspects.

About Klaus Echle

Klaus Echle (*1964) is a trained chef, educated forestry engineer and has been working as a forest warden in Freiburg im Breisgau since 2002. He is also a passionate wildlife and nature photographer, who wishes to present behavioural patterns, ecological context, the relationship between humans and nature, endangered species and habitats in a visually appealing and artistic way. The local wildlife of the Black Forest region is especially dear to him.

http://echle-naturfoto.de

Sebastian Hennigs

SHORT LECTURE:

Andreas Büttner & Christian-Dietrich Morawitz (beide GDT, DE)

Lusatia – Paradise at a second glance


The German region of Lusatia is characterized by heath, vast pine forests, fen woods, bogs and thousands of ponds. But this unique natural area also has its dark side ...
About Andreas Büttner
31 years

Surrounded by nature, Andreas was raised in a village near Riesa in Saxony. His interest for photography was raised when he received his first digital camera as a present for his 19th birthday. He completed his studies of electrical engineering in 2012, which he deliberately steered towards his preference of camera technology. He has worked in the field of developing industrial camera applications for more than six years. Landscape and nature photography is the ideal opposite pole to balance his professional life. For a number of years his focus in photography has been mainly on the region of Lusatia.
About Christian-Dietrich Morawitz
28 years

Christian was raised in the city of Dresden. After finishing school, he studied at the Technical University of Dresden in the field of earth sciences. He works now as a design engineer in special engineering focussed on industrial cameras. His interest for photography started as early as 2004 when he was still at school. He has made wildlife and nature his photographic focus of recent years. Apart from a few photographic journeys abroad, he has been photographing the region of Lusatia intensely for five years.

SHORT LECTURE:

Helmut Weller, GDT (DE)

50 years of nature conservation and nature photography – Using nature photos to fight against a further loss of biodiversity


With the example of a few action photos that I am going to commentate on, I would like to infect the audience with my chosen task of 'nature photography for nature conservation' which by now takes up quite a lot of my free time. I will show ideas how to cooperate well with regional and national nature conservation organizations, and how the results will benefit everybody including the general public. An unbiased examination on why the issues of nature conservation are as important as ever before will also be part of the lecture. A short audio-visual show at the end will illustrate the interdependence of habitat and plants / animals using examples from my Central-Hessian home area.
About Helmut Weller

For more than 50 years I have been taking a stand for nature conservation in my native Central-Hesse as the chairperson of two bird and nature conservation organizations and as a member of various environmental organizations such as BUND and NABU, among others. I also work closely with federal nature conservation authorities. With a hands-on-approach and with nature photography I always strive to contribute to stopping the ineffable dying of species in our cultural landscape (lectures, audio-visual shows, exhibitions, calendars, images for wall charts, press releases, professional journals and much more). I have been practising photography as a full member of the GDT since 2000. This year I will be receiving the conservation award of the Lahn-Dill county in recognition of my efforts, but also for my approach of 'nature photography for nature conservation'.

SHORT LECTURE:

Sarah Böhm, GDT (DE)

Cunning as a fox– From the life of family fox


Crafty, a sly predator – there are many descriptions for the red fox. With a lot of patience as a photographer it is possible to gain some insight into the lives of these animals, be it the rather timid foxes of the countryside or urban foxes in our cities.
About Sarah Böhm

My name is Sarah Böhm, I was born in 1989 in Frankfurt / Oder. I currently work as an official veterinarian in the field of animal protection in the town of Neuruppin. Apart from by hobbies – horse-riding, drawing and collecting minerals – I also discovered photography as a balance to my studies. Over the course of the years, photography has captivated me so much that it has become an important part of my life that I would not want to miss. I especially enjoy nature's tranquillity, which helps me to regain strength for my demanding professional life.

www.sarahboehm.de

Jan van der Greef, GDT (NL)

Beyond Oneness – Bridging the seen and the unseen


In moments of awe in nature ‘time and space’ seem to fade away, while mystical and magical feelings surface. A feeling of interconnectedness that words cannot describe, beyond oneness. Nature photography offers a gateway to explore this otherworldliness.
About Jan van der Greef

JJan van der Greef is internationally known as innovative scientist, author and passionate nature photographer. His signature style in fine art nature photography, a blend of figurative, impressionistic and abstract approaches, is highly acclaimed. The images capture feelings of interconnectedness in our universe, the Oneness. This is the essence of both his photography and systems biology research. He has been awarded many times in the most prestigious international photo contests such as the Wildlife Photographer of the Year and the GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year and others.

www.janvandergreef.com

Jon A. Juárez, GDT (ES/DE)

Crossing borders – A story of foxes, refugees and photography


SStanko used to throw stones at the foxes he found wandering around the old military barracks in Berlin where he has lived since he arrived in Germany in 2016. He would run after them along with other children with their arms wide open and yelling, scaring them away. Three years later he still chases them, but his goal is completely different: he now has a mobile phone in his hand and observes them in silence, picturing all of it through his lens. "The Heart of the Barracks" shows a little group of refugee children who have learned to love and respect animals in the city thanks to a very powerful integration tool: photography.
About Jon A. Juárez

Jon Juárez is a Berlin-based nature photographer with great interest in human stories who also works as a sports educator for refugee children in Berlin. After graduating in 2011 he moved to Berlin, where he matured as a photographer and became a member of the Society of German Nature Photographers (GDT). Juárez currently organises nature photography and environmental workshops for children and adults. He is a regular volunteer at the annual Festival of Lünen and one of the organisers of Spain’s MontPhoto Festival. Over the years, Juárez displayed his work at exhibitions in Germany and Spain.

www.joanjuga.com

Ugo Mellone (IT/ES)

Beyond alpenglows – Conservation stories from Patagonia


The majestic landscape of Patagonia makes it a favourite location for nature photographers. My lecture, however, will concentrate on two endemic animal species found in this area: the hooded grebe and the South Andean deer. Their fascinating biology will be covered as well as different projects dedicated to urgently needed conservation measures for these highly endangered species.
About Ugo Mellone

Ugo Ugo Mellone was born in Italy in 1983; he lives in Spain today. His PhD in behavioural ecology covered raptor migration, which he could study by means of satellite telemetry. Currently, he works as a freelance nature photographer focussing on conservation issues. Working together with scientists and conservationists, he documents endangered species and habitats to raise awareness for their protection. Ugo Mellone also works in animal film production on a regular basis. His work has been published in numerous magazines, among others National Geographic, Terre Sauvage, BBC Wildlife and Audubon. In 2015 he was a category winner of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.

www.wildphoto.it

Peter Cairns (GB)

Scotland: The Big Picture – A rewilding journey


It is easy to be seduced by the raw beauty of the landscape, but Scotland is in fact a nature-depleted nation. Our large carnivores have gone. Our soils are impoverished and across millions of acres bare treeless moors support very little life. It doesn’t have to be this way. A bold vision for the future is slowly emerging – it is called Rewilding. Peter Cairns showcases Scotland’s beauty and drama but also poses the question: What should Scotland look like?
About Peter Cairns

Peter Cairns is a nature photographer and filmmaker with over 20 years of professional experience. Co-founder of conservation media projects such as Tooth & Claw, Wild Wonders of Europe and 2020VISION, Peter is now director of SCOTLAND: The Big Picture, a social enterprise dedicated to communicating the potential of a wilder Scotland. Peter is a serving board member of Trees for Life and a Senior Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers.

www.petercairnsphotography.com

RAX - Ragnar Axelsson (IS)

The Arctic – Of glaciers and people


In this lecture I would like to present my project Glacier, which is dedicated to the unique beauty of Icelandic glaciers, but it also talks of the threat we humans pose to this fragile world of ice. Apart from that, I will tell the story of the Arctic inhabitants, of hunters, fishermen and farmers leading a live on the edge of climatic possibilities.

About Ragnar Axelsson

Ragnar Axelsson (*1958), or Rax, which is his artist's name, is a photo journalist from Iceland, who has spent the past 30 years photographing the people and the landscapes in some of the world's most remote and isolated regions, such as Iceland, Greenland and Sibiria. His photographs have been published widely in many renowned magazines such as LIFE, Newsweek, GEO, National Geographic, Stern and Time. He has published six books, the latest is Faces of the North, which has won the Icelandic Book Prize in 2016. He has been awarded for his photographic work many times and also received Iceland’s highest honour, the Order of the Falcon, Knight’s Cross.

https://rax.is

GDT regional group 8 Wuerttemberg-Bavaria

Wild Alps – Natural treasures between rocks, caves and water falls


A unique cultural landscape, which is home to many rare animal and plant species: the Swabian Alps, a low mountain range at the heart of Baden Wuerttemberg in Germany's south-west.
Wilde Alb

Wild Alps is a project by GDT regional group Wuerttemberg-Bavaria and aims to show the beauty of the Swabian Alps in fresh and creative imagery. The members of the regional group spent three years to gather completely new material to present in this show, book and exhibition.

https://rg8.gdtfoto.de/
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Sergey Gorshkov, GDT (RU)

Wrangel Island


In my lecture I will present the main part of my Arctic project, the Wrangle Island, one of the world's least accessible nature reserves. In winter, you get there by helicopter, during the short Arctic summer on board of an icebreaker. On my first visit in 2010, I had the feeling of setting foot on an alien planet: 7 600 sq. km of wilderness almost devoid of people with polar bears, reindeer and musk oxen, huge colonies of snow geese, and – especially in years with plenty of lemmings – myriads of snowy owls and Arctic foxes. The long years of preparation were beginning to pay off – I had arrived at nature photographer's paradise.
About Sergey Gorshkov

Sergey Gorshkov was born in an isolated village in Siberia. "I t may seem strange today, but when I grew up, we had no television and I spent most of my time out of doors - it was the only entertainment to be had." Years later, Gorshkov discovered his passion for nature photography. He sold his company and became a professional nature photographer. "I have always worked by trial and error and of course I made many mistakes, but I learned to analyse them and gain knowledge." In the meantime, Gorshkov has published six coffetable books, his work appears throughout the world in renowned photography magazines, such as National Geographic among others. Many of his images have been awarded in international competitions – seven times at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year alone, and he twice received the title Russian Wildlife Photographer of the Year..

http://www.facebook.com/gorshkov.photo

Wenche Dahle (NO)

The light of an ocean


This lecture is a journey of melancholia through nature and life. A route full challenges, accompanied by fears. Only when you find balance in your search of beauty, when you start to play with creativity, will you be carried away by your dreams. Then you will feel the silence and hope will return ...
About Wenche

Wenche was born in 1969 in Flatanger, a small village on the Norwegian coast. This is where she still lives with her husband and two sons. She is a trained nurse and holds a bachelor's degree in aesthetics. In 2014 she first laid her hand on a camera, which was going to become a good friend. Her images, often multi-layered and mysterious, have been met with great approval in Norway and other European countries. She became a member of NN, the Norwegian nature photographers' association, in 2017.

www.wenchedahle.no

Jasper Doest (NL)

One dog makes a difference – The power of story telling


After initially starting out as a wildlife photographer, I find myself today working at the interface between humans and nature while creating visual stories that provide an insight in the non-human lives we share this planet with. A dog makes a difference is a very personal story on how photography changed my life as much as life has changed my photography.

About Jasper Doest

As a trained ecologist, Dutch photographer Jasper Doest knows human life depends on everything our planet has to offer, yet he recognises the unsustainable nature of the current human patterns of consumption. Through his photographic work, he gives the natural world a voice and tries to bridge the gap between nature and ourselves.

As a true believer in the power of photography to initiate change, Jasper is a Senior Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers and a Dutch World Wildlife Fund ambassador. His work has been published in international media such as National Geographic Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine and GEO, and received numerous awards, including the World Press Photo and Wildlife Photographer of the Year award.

www.jasperdoest.com

Csaba Daróczi (HU)

Found and invented – If you can't be lucky, be creative!


The more often you spend time outside in nature, chances increase that you will experience special moments, and with a bit of luck, you succeed to capture them in an image. If you, like me, have only little time available for photography, you sometimes need to help luck along a little and get creative in order to take unique images. In my view, the most important feature of a special image is its uniqueness – the fact that it cannot be repeated. Many of my images were previously created in my head, and when I am out, I hope to carry out my ideas. My photography's ingredients are definitely luck and creativity.
About Csaba Daróczi

CCsaba Daróczi lives with his family in Soltvadkert, a small town in Hungary, where he has worked as a physical education and geography teacher for 26 years. A visit to an exhibition of nature images in 1992 inspired him to engage himself in nature photography. Kiskunság National Park, where he finds most of his subjects, is close to his home. He used film until 2004, since then he has changed to a Nikon digital system.

www.daroczicsaba.hu

Stefan Christmann, GDT (DE)

Penguin love


Without love, the sea ice at Atka Bay would be a desolate place during the Antarctic winter. But year after year thousands of emperor penguins gather here to meet the challenges of raising their young in one of the earth's most inhospitable environments. This almost hopeless endeavour only becomes a success because the animals have such a unique bond with each other – the penguin love. Stefan Christmann already stayed and photographed in Antarctica during the winter season in 2012, and has returned in 2017 as a member of a BBC film team. This time he presents a very personal and emotional view on one of the earth's greatest natural spectacles.
About Stefan Christmann

Stefan became interested in photography during an exchange stay in the US when he realized a digital point-and-and-shoot camera was not suitable for his image ideas. When after finishing his studies in 2012, he was presented with the chance to be part of an overwintering scientific team in Antarctica, he used every single spare minute to photograph the life of the emperor penguins. His unique portfolio then secured him a job as an expedition photographer and assistant cameraman with a film team of the BBC making a documentary on the tough life of these special birds in 2017, which captivated millions of people throughout the world.

www.nature-in-focus.de