Since his teenage years, when Klaus Tamm first got his hands on a reflex camera, he has made it his cause to raise people's awareness for nature. Creating artistic images that make the viewer pause and look is his intention. His photography travels have led him to remote places in Norway, Sweden, Finland, Bulgaria, Romania and Spain, but also to South Africa, South America and the Falkland Islands.
Klaus Tamm's images have been awarded many times in international nature photography competitions, among others Wildlife Photographer of the Year and European Wildlife Photographer of the Year.
Some in the GDT may have the impression that the classic action photo has come a little under the taste of the time. At times, it seems that the ability to capture photographically charged, dynamic moments is no longer in demand. We wanted to counter this impression with this year's special category "action".
This category was intended for pictures in which the photographer has caught the decisive moment of a movement, imposing a single short part of a sequence of movements or dedicating himself to the movement itself. Movements could be both sharp and blurred or both variants could be united in one image. Here, the entire spectrum of behavior of animals could be taken up and show both individuals or groups.
Carsten Braun, born in Idar-Oberstein in 1974, spent a lot of time with his parents in nature as a child. At the age of fifteen, he took his first photo shoot of Novoflex and accompanied his father on his photo tours. After completing a biology degree, he now works as a certified biologist.
The nature in his home region inspires him in his photographic beginnings, since he was able to work intensively on photo projects in the near environment of his home country for years. Especially the short-term photography of flying bats is devoted to him with great interest over many years. Photography trips and the various animals and landscapes in distant lands have been provoking him more and more in recent years.
Smell forest, listen to the tapping of woodpeckers, perceive the sound of the waves. Be amazed by anemones and admire the fresh green of the birches. Enjoy autumn colors, listen to the deer while listening to the pipes. Impressions that Jan Leßmann experiences in his personal environment and that make him pause. He sinks in small details, gets carried away by the endless expanse of a sandy beach and loses himself in color gradients, abstract structures and contrasts. With the camera, he not only wants to create an image of his surroundings, but also wants to use nature as a model to give a creative idea a foundation.
Jan Leßmann currently lives in Greifswald and studies landscape ecology and nature conservation. He is interested in all kinds of art, likes to think outside the box, he is easy to get excited and spends most of his time in forests, lakes and the sea.