Dear nature photographer,
thank you for your interest in a membership at the "Gesellschaft Deutscher Tierfotografen e.V." (GDT)!
All nature photographers from Germany or abroad can become a GDT member. The GDT offers two possible types of membership:
All members are invited to take part at our members competition “GNPY”. All members will receive concessions at GDT events as well as our magazine three times a year, latest leaflets and other information. Though sponsor members cannot run for office.
About admission as a full member, GDT board decides on the basis of 20 nature photographs which the applicant has to send in.
The GDT has multiple attractive offers for their members which you shouldn´t miss out on:
More information about the GDT you’ll find here
In the right sidebar of this page you´ll find all necessary documents as downloads. For your application please return them complete to our office.
The number of applications for full membership in our organisation is constantly on the rise in an unprecedented way. On only 17 days in January we have received as much as 22 applications. This is greatly appreciated. However, the board of management is dealing with this flood of applications in addition to their many other time-consuming tasks.
We do this work as volunteers and we truly enjoy it. But the time we dedicate to the GDT besides our jobs and families has almost reached a tolerable limit.
Therefore, from now on we will not specify a period of time during which you will receive feedback on your application, and we will continue the practice of not discussing failed applications in detail if these do not show a minimum of photographic skills.
We still aim to deal with the images in an application with appropriate care and sufficient time and wish to give the applicant an in depth explanation should an application be rejected. This takes a lot of time and effort.
For that reason we strongly request the following:
For the time being you are very welcome to join the GDT as a sponsor member any time - it's a simple and straightforward matter. After successful application for full membership, your status will be modified equally as easy.
Thank you for your cooperation!
your GDT Board of Management
If you apply as a sponsor member or already applied successfully as a fullmember, we will send you an informational brochure of the GDT with goals and guidelines of the society, the statutes as well as an overview over the regional groups with the addresses of the contact in charge. Here you can contact members of the GDT, who will be there for you during the regional group meetings with help and advice if you have any kind of question regarding nature photography.
Please understand that due to limeted time, the office cannot answer general questions about subjects like "How do I take pictures of what?", "How can I present my pictures?", etc.
We are looking forward to your application and remain until then with best wishes for wonderful experiences with the camera in nature.
Karen Korte, GDT-Office