27.-29. October 2017


(In the order of the program)

Neil McIntyre (GB)


The Red Squirrel: A Future In The Forest

For over 20 years Neil has been photographing this charismatic little creature. This lecture will showcase many unique images of the red squirrels secret world and its precious woodland habitat, which have been captured over these years, documenting their life.


Neil McIntyre is a 51-year-old professional nature photographer based in Cairngorms National Park where he has lived for over 30 years. His main concentration has been specializing on specific Scottish species like red squirrels, crested tits and red deer to name a few.
In Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards and British Wildlife Photography awards Neil has been an award winner and commended several times. Recently he worked as a Field assistant and appeared in the hugely successful BBC Scotland series Highlands: Scotland’s Wild Heart by Mara Media.
Neil has also just completed a life long project on Red Squirrels and the resulting coffee table book “ THE RED SQUIRREL: A FUTURE IN THE FOREST ” is available now.
Its over 20 years since Neil’s last visit to the GDT.


Laurie Campbell (GB)


Otters Return to the River

This is a very personal account of one photographers life-long association with a river system in the Scottish Borders and where he has witnessed and documented with his photographs the gradual return of Eurasian otters (Lutra lutra) in a place where once there were none.

This is a good news conservation story and it takes into account a wide range of other subjects in nature to be found in the same habitat and how they are all connected.

Comparisons will also be drawn against experiences of many years photographing the same species of otters living in marine habitats on the west coast of the Scottish Highlands.
About Laurie
As a self-taught naturalist and one of Scotland's best known natural history and landscape photographers, Laurie Campbell was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the third annual RSPB Nature of Scotland Awards in November 2014. After graduating with a degree in photography at Napier University, Laurie began his career as arguably Scotland's first full-time independent professional nature photographer in 1985. Since then he has dedicated over 35 years to photographing Scotland's distinctive wildlife and flora.


Britta Jaschinski (GB)


CRIMES - Wildlife or Commodity?

Part 1
Species are disappearing at an alarming rate. But where do they end up? And how do they end up? Surely an elephant leg or a rhino foot are of no use to anyone but the animals themselves. In the quest of finding answers, Jaschinski visited borders and airports to document what people attempt to smuggle. Looking at the amount of wildlife items, Jaschinski says it is incomprehensible and dead serious.

Part 2
Britta Jaschinski is the co-founder of PHOTOGRAPHERS AGAINST WILDLIFE CRIMES ® , a international new campaign group dedicated to ending the demand for wildlife products, using the power of photography. Jaschinski will give an insight to how this group was set up and explain their mission and goals.

About Britta

German wildlife photojournalist Britta Jaschinski has been devoted to document the fractured existence of wildlife in captivity for over a decade. Her images show an insightful expression of the animal’s identity and individuality, an almost devout fascination with the animal’s spirit, but they also convey loneliness, alienation and displacement.

Jaschinski works as a professional photographer in London, UK, covering a wide range of subjects but her passion to protect animals, take her across the globe to reveal otherwise untold stories about animal suffering.

Her work has been published and exhibited worldwide, with more than 25 solo shows, and is highly collectable, selling through contemporary-art outlets. Jaschinski has received many international awards and lectures across Europe on photography and animal conservation issues.


Rosamund Kidman-Cox (GB)


Ideas, innovation and inspiration, seen through 50 years of Wildlife Photographer of the Year

A brief history of nature photography, marked by milestone images that have innovated and inspired generations, and so often lived on to pass the test of time.

About Roz

Rosamund ‘Roz’ Kidman Cox is an editor and writer, specialising in wildlife and environmental issues, with a particular interest in photography.

She was editor of BBC Wildlife Magazine (and previously Wildlife) for more than 20 years, and has judged Wildlife Photographer of the Year since 1981. She project-manages photography-led books, including titles such as Light on the Earth, Planet Earth, Frozen Planet and The Hunt for BBC Books, and the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Portfolio books.

Roz is also author of a number of books including 50 Years of Wildlife Photographer of the Year, The Masters of Nature Photography books and Unforgettable Behaviour for the Natural History Museum. She was the producer of Wildscreen’s annual WildPhotos festival, has been a judge for many photography competitions, including GDT and World Press Photos, and is an affiliate of the International League of Conservation Photographers.

Kilian Schönberger (DE)

Germany's Landscapes - Unfamiliar and Overrun Places on our Doorstep


Kilian Schönberger's current focus is on landscape photography in Germany. The 32-year old photographer of Bavarian origin based in Cologne devotes a great deal of his time to the landscapes between the North Sea and the Alps. His interest does not stop at the iconic sites but especially expands to the many small hidden gems. Inspired by the paintings of Caspar David Friedrich, mist and fog have become the defining stylistic device of his photography.
In the past years landscape photography in Germany has experienced a considerable increase. Social media facilitate the distribution of images and thus help to multiply the interest in photography. Working on his two coffee-table books "Sagenhaftes Deutschland" and "Sehnsucht Wald" Kilian noticed how this popularity is also having its effect on Nature, and he came to revise his opinion that landscape photography in general nurtures attentiveness and care for the environment.
Beginning with his search for fabulous and untouched places, Kilian Schönberger takes us by way of critical reflection in a wide circle to the current developments in German landscape photography.

Kilian: I'm a professional photographer & geographer from Germany; born in 1985. My aspiration was always to cut my path as a photographer with an own creative perspective - despite beeing colourblind. I recognized that I could turn this so-called disadvantage into a strength, too and developed my own unique photographic view: E.g. while getting a picture of a chaotic forest scene, I can't clearly distinguish the different green and brown tones. Brushing aside this "handicap" I don't care about those tones and just concentrate on the patterns of the wood to achieve an impressive image structure. Currently I have two residences: One in Cologne and one near Ratisbona in Bavaria. My photographic work concerns the whole range of topics from natural landscapes to cityscapes. Remote rural areas are photographically as interesting as the lifestyle and architecture of urban melting pots. Both worlds fascinate me and so I try to capture my individual view of these changing and challenging environments. For landscape photography I prefer temperate and high latitudes and alpine landscapes. I like the harsh beauty of those areas and the peculiar melancholy that surrounds them. Regions which I am interested in are Norway, Iceland, the Alps, Scotland, the Pacific Northwest, Saxon Switzerland, Kamchatka, Patagonia, New Zealand, the Altai Mountains, Canada and Siberia.

Will Burrard-Lucas (GB)

From Camera Traps to BeetleCam - Adventures in Remote Photography

About Will
Will is a wildlife photographer from the UK. He is well known for developing innovative devices that allow him to photograph wildlife in new ways.
In 2009 he created “BeetleCam”, a remote control buggy that he used to take close-up, ground-level images of African wildlife. He has since also developed a DSLR camera trap system for photographing elusive and nocturnal creatures. In 2014, Will launched Camtraptions, a company through which he develops products for remote and camera trap photography. Will has also created a free guide and video series about camera trap photography which can be found at www.camtraptions.com/learn
Will has created an online resource for wildlife photographers at WildlifePhoto.com. Through this website he offers a free online wildlife photography course. To see more of Will’s photography, please visit his personal website and blog at www.burrard-lucas.com or search for him on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Will Burrard-Lucas - From Camera Traps to BeetleCam
Will Burrard-Lucas - Portrait

In this talk, wildlife photographer and innovator Will Burrard-Lucas will share the journey he has taken as he seeks to capture fresh perspectives and reveal the natural world in new ways. From his remote-control “BeetleCam” to high-quality camera traps, find out how and why Will makes use of technology in his work. Will’s talk will be illustrated throughout with inspiring images from his projects in Africa and beyond.

Jim Brandenburg (USA)

A photographer between the poles of now and then

Jim Brandenburg was a musician, painter and journalist before he found his true calling in photography. His photographic work has inspired entire generations, won him many awards, and his (not only photographic) activities have pointed the way in nature conservation in general and wolves in particular. A number of events took him also to Europe in recent years, near to the home of his ancestors. Based on his previous work, he then discovered new ways and perspectives. In his lecture Jim Brandenburg shares a retrospective view on his photographic work and current projects. He takes us along on his way between the poles of photography and video filming, of printed images and digital reproduction, of now and then. We follow Jim Brandenburg on his changing way through life and will be introduced to some of his current work, such as anthropological studies concerning humans and wolves, a project on peregrine falcons on Le Mont Saint Michel in Normandy or his video project ″nature 365“.

About Jim
Minnesota native Jim Brandenburg has travelled the globe as a photographer with National Geographic Magazine for over 3 decades resulting in 25 magazine stories, several television features and many National Geographic books. The most recent feature was 93 Days of Spring which ran in the April 2016 issue. All 93 images were published, setting the record at National Geographic magazine with the most photographs published in one story in its 128-year history. He has done assignment work and has been published in numerous national and international publications such as The New York Times, Time, Smithsonian, Natural History, Geo, BBC Wildlife and Outdoor Photographer.
Brandenburg’s work has also been featured on many major television and radio networks. Over the course of his long career, Brandenburg has received a multitude of prestigious national and international honours for his work. Among others, the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) twice named him Magazine Photographer of the Year for his National Geographic Magazine work. He was named Wildlife Photographer of the Year by BBC Wildlife Magazine and the Natural History Museum, and was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by the North American Nature Photographers Association (NANPA).
Four of Brandenburg’s images were recently chosen for inclusion in a unique collection that represents the 40 most important nature photographs of all time. The images were chosen by members of the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP), a fellowship of the world's top professional conservation photographers.
Brandenburg has published many bestsellers including: Chased by the Light, Looking for the Summer, Brother Wolf, White Wolf and Minnesota Images of Home. A National Geographic book, Face to Face with Wolves, featuring the work of Jim and Judy Brandenburg was released in 2008. Nature365.tv is Brandenburg’s daily mini-video now seen by millions on the Internet. This series is produced with his partners in France where his work is regularly exhibited. Brandenburg’s exhibitions are currently touring other countries in Europe and have been breaking all attendance records. Brandenburg’s work can be seen on his web page www.jimbrandenburg.com, by visiting the Brandenburg Gallery located in Ely, Minnesota, or the non-profit gallery in Luverne, Minnesota, benefiting the Brandenburg Prairie Foundation: www.brandenburgprairiefoundation.org.

Kathy Moran (USA)

Conservation Storytelling -
exploring the use of visual narrative to tell stories that go beyond just wildlife photography

Images are omnipresent. It is impossible to imagine social media, television, magazines, text books, the internet and many other media without them since the dawn of photography. But how important are images really in this time of information overload? What sort of content do they reflect and how much power do they have?
Problems like climate change, loss of habitat or the conflicts between humans, nature and animals increasingly impair the way we perceive what we call "wildlife". Images can heighten our perception. They can tell stories way beyond the mere illustration of texts. They might stir up emotions, raise awareness and mobilize people to fight for Nature and her protection.
Kathy Moran has been the head editor for natural history projects with National Geographic Magazine for 35 years. Well-chosen use of great imagery for visual storytelling and their effect on the reader is her daily bread and butter. In this lecture she will show how images are used at National Geographic Magazine to serve conservation stories - and what limits there may be.
Kathy Moran is National Geographic magazine’s first senior editor for natural history projects. A 35-year veteran of the Society, Moran has been producing projects about terrestrial and underwater ecosystems for the magazine since 1990. At last count she has edited over 300 stories for the magazine. Recent highlights include editing Nick Nichols’ story on the Serengeti Lion and Tim Laman’s Birds of Paradise adventure and the magazine’s single-topic issue of the Yellowstone ecosystem. She was the project manager for the National Geographic Society/Wildlife Conservation Society’s award-winning collaboration of photographer Nick Nichols and Dr. Michael Fay’s trek across Central Africa. The resulting stories were the impetus for the creation of Gabon’s national park system. Moran has edited several books for the Society, including Women Photographers at the National Geographic, The Africa Diaries – An Illustrated Life in the Bush, Cat Shots and most recently, Tigers Forever. She was the photo editor for two anthems of wildlife photography, “100 Best Wildlife Pictures” and “Wildlife, The Best Photos.” She was named “Picture Editor of the Year” for her winning portfolio in the 2006 Pictures of the Year competition and the 2011 Best of Photo competition.
She is a founding member of the International League of Conservation Photographers and has served on the Executive Committee. In that role, she has edited numerous books for ILCP photographers published with the University of Chicago Press. She served on the Executive Committee of Wildscreen USA. She has been on the jury for numerous photo competitions including Por el Planeta, Big Picture Natural World Competition, POYi and Wildlife Photographer of the Year. She lives in Arlington, VA, with her husband and three bad cats.

Klaus Nigge (DE)

25 years of Lünen Nature Photography Festival - The junk corner and other historical truths

The festival in its appearance today is the proud result of a long way forward, full of ambitious attempts, success and wrong turns as well as absurdities and minor scandals. Looking back at the beginnings is also a retrospective view on seemingly archaic presentation technology, very limited organisation structures - and also on a very long list of well-known guests.
Klaus Nigge has been there right from the beginning; he takes a look back and then dares together with members of the board and the GDT to glance an eye at future prospects where our festival is not the only one anymore, but endeavours to maintain its leading position in a field of an increasingly dense festival circuit.


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.
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 Lünen.

Currently he mainly works for GEO and National Geographic Magazine.


GDT-Regionalgruppe 13 - Baden

"Our Wild Home" - A Regional Group Project

Mastering a project together forges strong bonds. True to the GDT's fundamental idea of promoting understanding of nature and her needs by means of expressive photographs, in the past years the Regional Group Baden has compiled two full evening's lectures. And efforts for the latest show have gained an astonishing amount of momentum. The initial idea to create an audio-visual show for Mundologia, Europe's largest reportage festival, was followed by a coffee-table book and a successful exhibition.
In this presentation in Lünen the regional group will present this huge joint project that involved roughly 30 photographers. We will look at the challenges of designing a lecture of widespread effect with exquisite nature photographs and also shed light on successes and setbacks in implementing the ideas of the design. Excerpts from the lecture "Our wild home" will give an impression of the finished piece of work.

The GDT Regional Group XIII Baden
The approximately 60 members of this regional group meet twice per year to talk about nature photography and to look at images and lectures together. They also go on excursions to visit the hot spots of nature photography between Lake Constance and the Vosges Mountains. Their photographic work focusses on the diverse local flora and fauna. This was also the basis for the project "Our wild home", to which 30 photographers of the regional group contributed. The project succeeded in putting local wildlife in the centre of attention and fellow citizens' awareness was raised and interest inspired for Nature's needs. The project also aims at highlighting that nature photography is actually possible in the cultivated areas on our doorstep and that there is an endearing landscape worth protecting with many small and large, familiar and unfamiliar creatures.

Johannes & Hugo Wassermann, Georg Kantioler und Manuel Plaickner (IT)

Nature in perfection - A different view on South Tyrol

The new presentation by this quartet of nature photographers. Hugo and Johannes Wassermann, Manuel Plaickner and Georg Kantioler reveals the strong bonds for their homeland of South Tyrol. This declaration of love to their native place is the first joint project in this set-up. The content of this 30-minute presentation shows their effort to depict South Tyrol's exceptional natural treasures "in perfection". And the four of them have a lot in common: they go out of their way to create unique images on their doorstep in intimate encounters with Nature. Following their urge for pleasant composition, they are always on the search for THE special angle of view. Sensitivity, persistence, a lot of blood, sweat and tears as well as commitment and the larger part of their spare time is their investment in their great passion nature photography. Simultaneously, with the release of their presentation, a joint coffee table book of the same title will be published in the autumn of 2017 by Knesebeck publishing house. It will be presented for the first time at the International Nature Photography Festival in Lünen.

About the photographers
To be able to cover all aspects of nature photography we have decided to team up as a quartet for this particular project. The composition of the group was by no means accidental. For one, we are all nature-loving and passionate nature photographers but do have a different focus. Secondly, we live only roughly 10 km apart, which is still an advantage for a joint project even in the age of communication technology. And last but not least, we maintain a harmonious and friendly relationship with each other.

The range of photographs clearly reveals the favourite topic of each photographer. Johannes and Manuel were able to express their love for animal photography, while Hugo and Georg are more in favour of landscape and macro photography. For the book and presentation project we spent an awful lot of time together especially in the evenings. And it was a great experience to realize that a successful outcome was the main priority for all of us. Personal interests, choice of images, texts and layout issues were all put aside without fuss or quibble for the sake of the overall objective to create a high-quality piece of work.

Johannes Wassermann, born in 1986, lives in Brixen – South Tyrol, restorer of furniture
Hugo Wassermann, born in 1959, lives in Brixen – South Tyrol, restorer of furniture
Georg Kantioler, born in 1968, lives in Feldthurns – South Tyrol, construction consultant
Manuel Plaickner, born in 1982, lives in Vahrn – South Tyrol, management accounting



Michael Kenna (USA)


Michael Kenna's Photographic Journey

Michael Kenna has been looking at our world in ways quite out of the ordinary for over forty years. His mysterious photographs, often made at dawn or in the dark hours of night, concentrate primarily on the interaction between the natural landscape and human-made structures. Kenna is both a diurnal and nocturnal photographer, fascinated by times of day when light is at its most pliant. With long time - exposures which might last throughout the night, his photographs often record details that the human eye is not able to perceive.

Kenna is particularly famous for the intimate scale of his photography and his meticulous personal printing style. He works in the traditional, non-digital, photographic medium. His exquisitely hand crafted black and white prints, which he makes himself, reflect a sense of refinement, respect for history, and thorough originality.

In this lecture, Michael Kenna will share his visual journey and many aspects of his rich photographic experiences. He will show work from throughout his career, talk about his influences, inspirations, ideas and techniques, and will describe his ongoing working process and projects, particularly as they relate to the landscape.
About Michael
Kenna’s photographs have been shown in gallery and museum exhibitions throughout the world, and are included in such permanent collections as The Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris; The Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo; The National Gallery, Washington, D.C.; The Shanghai Art Museum; and The Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Over sixty monographs and exhibition catalogs have been published on Kenna’s work, including; Michael Kenna - A Twenty Year Retrospective (Treville, 1994 and Nazraeli, 2000); Impossible to Forget (Marval and Nazraeli, 2001); Japan (Nazraeli Press and Treville Editions, 2003); Retrospective Two (Nazraeli, and Treville Editions, 2004); Michael Kenna – A Retrospective (BnF, 2009); Immagini del Settimo Giorno (Skira, 2010); China (Posts and Telecom Press, 2014); France (Nazraeli Press 2014); and Forms of Japan (Prestel 2015). Born in Widnes, England in 1953, Kenna currently lives in Seattle, Washington, USA, and continues to photograph throughout the world.

Orsolya & Erlend Haarberg (NOR)

Laponia—Majestic Stillness

Throughout the last four years, Orsolya and Erlend Haarberg have spent more than seven months in the wilderness of the Laponia World Heritage Site in Sweden. The project, which started with a National Geographic Magazine assignment in 2013, has grown into an ambitious plan to self-publish a book about Scandinavia's largest, wildest and least accessible cluster of protected areas, Laponia. During their extended hiking, skiing and canoeing trips in the untamed nature, Laponia has become a refuge for both Orsolya and Erlend — a place where they could find inner peace in today's fast accelerating world. In their presentation they will share moments of stillness that they experienced in Laponia's wild landscapes: the serene beauty of the mountains, the silent forests and the quiet harmony of patterns and colours in the wetlands.


About Orsolya and Erlend

Orsolya Haarberg (40) and Erlend Haarberg (51) are a Hungarian/Norwegian couple. They are freelance nature photographers, specializing in photographing landscape and wildlife in the Nordic countries.

In the past few years they had been working on assignments for National Geographic Magazine that resulted in three stories: Iceland’s resilient beauty (2012), Follow the water—Journey to the heart of Norway (2013) and The wild heart of Sweden (2015).

They are the authors of four books and they are both multiple prize winners of the Natural History Museum Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.


South America - Stages of a journey

For more than 13 months our trip in a camper van took us all across South America, a continent of diverse landscapes. From tropical rainforests to the glaciated mountains of Patagonia, from the highlands of Andes to the vast expanses of the Pampas. And there is also a striking fauna that enthrals every visitor.
In this lecture, we will only be able to describe some of the impressions of our journey. It showcases four very different areas, which will reveal the diverse nature of South America.
Let us stop together at the white dunes and fresh water lagoons of Lencois Maranhenses (North Brazil), the extraordinary fauna of the Pantanal (Brazil), the isolated regions of the Andes in Bolivia's south-west and the North of Argentina/ Chile with its fascinating world of penguins at the Falkland Islands.
Uwe Hasubeck is a 52-year-old teacher who has been working as a freelance photographer for many years. He combines his interest in photography with extended travels in regions as diverse as Iceland or southern Africa. In 2015/16 he travelled part of South America for 13 months in an expedition vehicle. This continent that has been dear to him for many years and that he explored once before in 1993/94, took hold of him again making him shoot many extraordinary images. Uwe Hasubeck guides photo tours to Iceland, South America and Heligoland. He also runs workshops on photography in and around Hamburg, Germany. His images have been repeatedly awarded in various competitions.