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Born in 1991 in Middle Hesse, Jessica discovered a close connection with Nature at an early age. From this close connection soon developed a fascination which lead to a university degree in biology and last but not least to her great passion nature photography. During her course of studies, the opportunity arose to spend a research season on a small, uninhabited island of the Falkland archipelago at a colony of seabirds. Other travels led her to Coast Rica, South Africa and Swedish Lapland. She now lives in Wien, focussing on behavioural and cognitive biology, and is a member of the multimedia project Viennese Wilderness. In the past years she has dedicated more and more time to the protection of species through her photography aiming to generate awareness and consideration.
As a GDT member of long and leader of the regional group XV Munich South, I have covered a lot of ground in photography and witnessed many different trends in nature photography. After all, you can always argue about style and taste. However, I am convinced that a diverse pictorial language should be highly valued and there is always something to get out from various trends even if you otherwise would not choose to follow them. So, I have looked into many topics in nature photography - at home and abroad - and never restricted myself, although for professional reasons my activities have returned to travel and animal photography once again.
Nature and photography are the two things that have fascinated Volker Bohlmann since his childhood. This resulted in first reportages for local newspapers and presentations featuring the Elbe water meadows around Wittenberge. Capturing people as well as the ongoing change of the urban and natural environment with his camera continues to be a delightful task for him. So, the foundations for his professional career have been put down early. Today he works as a photo editor at the local paper Schweriner Volkszeitung by the publisher Medienhaus Nord Schwerin. For more than 20 years he has been an active member of the GDT regional group IX Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania promoting the topics of photography and nature conservation. He has been one of two regional group leaders for six years for the Society of German Nature Photographers (GDT) in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. His images are represented in various competitions, among others in the GDT European Nature Photographer of the Year and GNY. As a project manager and photographer he took part in photography projects such as “Skizzen einer Landschaft – UNESCO Biosphärenreservat Schaalsee“ 2013-2015 / GDT M-V. His nature photographs have been published in many books, magazines and calendars.