26 - 28 October 2018

Exhibitions 2018

Enjoy top-class exhibitions at the gallery of the Hansesaal, the foyer of the theatre and the Bildersaal.

Admission is free.

Opening hours
Saturday, 27 October 2018, 9.15 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, 28 October 2018, 9.15 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The award ceremony of the GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018 will take place on Friday, 26 October 2018 at 6 p.m. Afterwards, the exhibition will be opened officially at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free to both events.

Gallery Hansesaal

Premier exhibitions of the international competitions GDT Wildlife Photographer of the Year and Fritz Pölking Prize / Fritz Pölking Junior Prize 2018.

Theatre foyer

Exhibition members' competition GDT Nature Photographer of the Year


Exhibitions by national and international nature photographers

1. Carlton Ward (US): Florida Wild
2. Theo Bosboom (NL): Shaped by the Sea
3. Hermann Hirsch & Jan Leßmann (DE): Serenity
4. Lars Andreas Dybvik (NO): PLAY
5. Stephan Amm (DE): Franconia's Nature – Passionate about diversity
6. Milan Radisics (HU): WATER.SHAPE.EARTH 
7. Biophoto (IT): The ecosystems of the Earth through the beautiful pictures of an international competition

Carlton Ward Jr.

Carlton Ward Jr by Mac Stone

Florida Wild

My photography focuses on connecting people to nature. It seeks to inspire nature protection, especially in Florida, where wild lands and waters are often hiding in plain sight of our cities and suburbs. This Florida Wild collection follows in the footsteps of bears and panthers, and the places they – and we – need to survive. Each photograph is a window into an important place within Florida, providing a virtual expedition through some of my state’s most fantastic native habitats. The survival of these diverse landscapes and unique species of wildlife depends on our willingness to invest in the necessary conservation to keep our wild spaces connected and protected – to keep Florida wild.

About Carlton Ward Jr.

Although his work has led him to many countries around the world, Carlton Ward Jr.'s photographic emphasis is on his native Florida, whose protection is especially important to him. His passion for photography developed during his course of studies of biology and anthropology. He finished his master's degree in ecology at the University of Florida. In 2005, he was one of the founder members of the iLCP (International League of Conservation Photographers). Carlton is the author of four books, and his articles are published in well-known magazines like National Geographic, Audubon, Smithsonian and Nature Conservancy.

Theo Bosboom

Theo Bosboom

Shaped by the Sea

Coasts are among the most dynamic natural environments on earth. They are changing their appearance constantly under the influence of waves, tides, currents and rapidly altering weather conditions. For his book project Shaped by the Sea, Theo Bosboom explored some of the most remarkable beaches along the Atlantic coast of Europe, from Portugal in the southwest to Norway in the northeast. This exhibition shows the great variety of landscapes along the Atlantic coast and highlights some of the creatures living in these habitats, which are frequently harsh. Above all, he impressively shows how the unrestrained power of the sea constantly models the land.

About Theo Bosboom

Theo Bosboom is a passionate photographer from the Netherlands. In 2013, he turned his back on a successful legal career to pursue his dream of being a fulltime professional photographer. He is well-known for his creativity, his eye for detail and composition and the ability to find fresh perspectives. Theo’s photographs are regularly published in magazines such as National Geographic (Dutch edition), GEO and OnLandscape and have been awarded in renowned photo competitions throughout the world. Shaped by the Sea is his third book; it follows his earlier publications Iceland pure (2012) and Dreams of wilderness (2015).


Hermann Hirsch & Jan Leßmann

Serenity Jan Lessmann und Hermann Hirsch


Mysterious, quiet, creative and minimalistic. Together we transform our photographs into a bigger picture. A picture that lets the viewer pause to think about the calmness and beauty of nature. As young photographers, we are playing with angles, showing new perspectives and abstracting our environment. With serenity, we engage with our natural environment, reducing nature to the essentials, and we create pictures beyond mere illustration.

About Hermann Hirsch

Hermann Hirsch's passion for nature revealed itself early on; he finds his subjects close to his home and on his travels. His aim: to open people's eyes to the nature around them and raise awareness for nature conservation. To do this, he follows a modern, sometimes abstract approach to nature to interest the viewer in the seemingly 'normal'. As an understanding guest in the habitat of animals, he succeeds in photographing at eye level.

About Jan Leßmann

Jan Leßmann walks through nature with all his senses. Through his studies of landscape ecology and outdoor leadership and plenty of experience in learnscape programs and survival training, he has a holistic perception of nature. His images, which are often abstract, try to highlight single details of the great chaos, to create new visions and raise mere depiction to a higher level through creative techniques. He is drawn to graphic and minimalist pieces of work from all areas of the arts, inspiring his photography. The conscious use of serial photographs enhances the story-telling effect of his work, allowing viewers to immerse themselves completely in nature. Exciting photographs can be taken at any place in any light.

Lars Andreas Dybvik

Lars Andreas Dybvik PLAY 01


The images of this exhibition originate from Lars Andreas Dybvik's latest book, also entitled PLAY. There are different ways to interpret this title: there is playing as having fun, but there is also playing music. Both interpretations are equally fitting as they are key inspirations for the photographer. For his project, Dybvik used different photographic techniques, among them multiple exposure, defocussing or image colour matching, which creates the photographs in camera rather than through post-editing processes. His goal is not to depict nature but describe her from his point of view. The compilation of his photographs draws a parallel to music: like a composer, Dybvik arranges his photographs into a holistic piece of work, which often changes its pace and mood. Some of his images complement each other well, while others fight each other, creating tension. He cites Edward Munch: My exhibitions produced unknown harmonies between pictures, changing them and creating completely different effects as when viewed individually. They created a symphony.

About Lars Andreas Dybvik
His very individual photographic approach brought Lars Andreas Dybvik much success in national and international competitions, among others in the GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. His images were part of collective exhibitions in China, Tasmania, the USA and various European countries. He also had numerous solo exhibitions in his native Norway. He is represented by the Norwegian art gallery SG, who offers his images as Fine Art prints in limited editions for private and business customers. He passes on his knowledge in workshops and in lectures for students of photography. He works regularly with musicians and presents his photographs in concerts.
Dybvik's photography often follows a philosophical approach. He is not afraid to break the rules, because photographs that inspire questions and thoughts mean more to him than mere documentation. For many years, he has been a member of Norske Naturfotografer (NN), the association for professional nature photographers in Norway.

Stephan Amm

Franconia's Nature – Passionate about diversity

For more than a decade, Stephan Amm has been roaming the different natural areas of his native Franconia, searching for interesting atmospheres and new perspectives. Still fascinated by the diversity of Franconia after all those years, he is passionate about raising awareness for these treasures, not only for their aesthetics but their natural value, which increasingly gets under pressure even in rural areas.
Merging scientific interest and a sense of artistic expression means to show that it is always worthwhile to keep your eyes open when roaming woods and meadows, and that you do not need to travel to far-flung places for a photographic revelry. And this does not mean specializing of any sort – everything is possible, from landscapes to the details of butterfly wings.

About Stephan Amm

Born in 1972 in the Upper Franconian town of Kronach, Stephan was introduced to the local flora and fauna as a boy by his father. Many a Sunday walk led to different areas of his native Franconia. His father's Leica was always with them, and an interest in photography developed early.
He bought his first single-lens reflex camera as a university student, developing black and white film in an improvised photo lab. Despite his interest for urban life, he wished to spend the limited time off work outside, and moving back to his rural home town was the inevitable next step.
This ideally balanced his work as a pharmacist, while photography became his true calling.

Milan Radisics

Milan Radisics


A long time ago, the earth was completely covered by water. Water flows, carves its way, evaporates and influences our lives. Melt water leaves the glacier, winds through high mountains, runs through broad plains and finally branches out into estuaries to merge with the sea.
It's the bird's eye perspective that reveals the true character of a landscape. Viewed from above, muddy marshland and tidal coasts turn into masterpieces of abstract art, and even people who have known these landscapes by heart throughout their daily lives are hardly able to locate them. The power of water carves fantastic shapes into lagoons, and at the same time, we can see the stark influence it has on many areas of life: on agriculture, industrial activities, tourism, architecture, the habitat of animals, on our whole life.
If we continue to act foolishly, the water will disappear, leaving only its traces behind. This exhibition shows waterscapes from all of Europe. The aerial perspective from above transforms small pieces of reality to awe-inspiring paintings.

About Milan Radisics

Originally from former Yugoslavia, the 50-year old lives today in Budapest, where he runs an agency for multimedia communications. His work is being presented in exhibitions all over the world and has been awarded in numerous prestigious competitions. His stories are published in National Geographic, BBC-Wildlife and other well-known magazines.


BioPhotoContest �Rupert Kogler 01

The ecosystems of the Earth through the beautiful pictures of an international competition

BioPhotoContest is a rather unusual competition in nature photography: every year, the theme changes, focusing on a different habitat of our planet. After all, large ecosystems are the giant pieces of a mosaic of habitats that form the basis and shape the diversity of life. The competition aims to involve photographers in the distribution of environmental knowledge and the conservation of the beauty of Nature.
The theme in 2018 was Prairies, Steppes and Savannah, divided in six categories: Landscape, Mammals, Birds, Other Animals, Plants and Flowers and Compositions and Shapes. Working for three days with images from over 21 countries, the jury evaluated the accuracy of composition and technique, but also and above all their value for nature photography.
The three winning images are by (in alphabetical order) Dvir Barkay (USA), Mattia Dori (Italy) and Vittorio Ricci (Italy). Three other awards were given to Samuel Pradetto Cignotto (Italy), Gabriela Staebler (Germany) and Hugo Wassermann (Italy). .