Application for a membership at the GDT

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. 

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:

  • Every autumn the GDT organizes and hosts a large international nature photography festival. Lectures and beamer shows by photographers from all over the world, many exhibitions, discussions, seminars and workshops on current issues of nature photography draw several thousand visitors to Lünen each year. During the festival a large photo market presents latest inventions and novelties in the field of photographic equipment, customized designs, numerous accessories, books and travels relating to nature photography.
  • Annually, the GDT presents two competitions of international acclaim, whose corresponding exhibitions are showcased at many national and international exhibition venues:
    • GDT Nature Photographer of the Year (GNPY)
      This competition is exclusively for GDT members from Germany and abroad.
    • GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year (GDT EWPY)
      This competition is open to all professional and non-professional photographers resident in Europe and for GDT members.
  • Four times a year the GDT publishes a high-quality magazine "Forum Naturfotografie", the members magazine "GDT Intern" (both in German) as well as the annual exhibition catalogue for the European competition in cooperation with Tecklenborg publishing house.
  • The possibility of a special insurance for photographic equipment with customized offers and reductions for GDT members and a membership for Canon photographers in the exclusive "Canon Professional Service" (Germany and Switzerland only) irrespective of their range of equipment, round off the advantages of membership.

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 to our administration office.

GDT membership

Please fill-in and send the

GDT membership application

to our administration office:

Marc Hesse
GDT administration
Zum Jagenstein 1
14478 Potsdam

GDT full membership

If you are already a GDT member and you are interested now in becoming a full member, we will assess the quality of your photographic work on the basis of 20 application photographs. You will find information, the guidelines and recommendations for applying for full membership in the PDF files below. Please read that document very carefully!

Information about full membership

Guidelines and recommendations for full membership

Picture list for application full membership

Canon Professional Services