27.-29. October 2023

Lecture program

Saturday, 28.10.2023

09:30 Karsten Mosebach, GDT (DE)
Tasmania – Everything is different at the other end of the world
10:20 break

Milan Radisics (HU): Roxy, my little princess
Adventures of the world‘s most photographed vixen

12:15 Stephan Fürnrohr, GDT (DE)
Geometry Of Ice
12:50 lunch break
15:00 Javier Aznar González de Rueda (ES): Rainforest Souls
The hidden treasures of Ecuador‘s tropical forests
15:25 Jonas Bendiksen (NO)
The book of Veles

Ricardo Lourenço (PT): The Iberian lynx
Chasing a ghost

16:35 break
17:50 Audience Award
18:00 Evgenia Arbugaeva (RU/GB): Hyperborea
Stories from the Arctic & Oscar-nominated short film Haulout from Maxim Arbugaev and Evgenia Arbu-gaeva (lecture & film)

Sunday, 29.10.2023

09:30 GDT regional group Mecklenburg Westpomerania
Water, Light & Expanse
10:15 Marijn Heuts (NL)
The willow whisperer – Project beaver
10:40 break
11:50 Monika Lawrenz, GDT & Anke Bastrop (both DE)
Lost, Everlasting - Multimedia reading
12:10 Xavi Bou (ES): Ornitographies
If birds left tracks in the sky
12:50 lunch break
14:45 Niklas Banowski (DE)
Epidemic – The end of an icon?
15:05 Mateusz Piesiak (PL)
 A wildlife photographer’s diary
Stories from the field (with live accompaniment on the piano)
15:55 Last but not least – Conclusion of the festival


Karsten Mosebach (DE, GDT)

Tasmania - Everything is different at the other end of the world

Tasmania is teeming with sensational landscapes: Wild and rugged coasts pounded by roaring surf alternate with soaring cliffs and long sandy beaches. Looking inlandfrom the coast, enchanted old forests and rugged mountain landscapes follow in turn. Everything seems to go either steeply uphill or steeply downhill. On the island's mountaintops, persistent strong winds keep the vegetation low in stature and more often than not shroud the peaks in mist and cloud. In response to millions of years of isolation, Australia has developed a unique fauna and flora that is found no where else in the world. Iconic and adorable kangaroos can be seen everywhere and are often docile. In short: Tasmania is a paradise for photographers.

About Karsten Mosebach
Over 30 years ago, a friend took Karsten Mosebach deer stalking in the early morning hours for the first time. Karsten listened eagerly to the rustling sounds coming from all directions and tried to peer into the darkness. With the light of dawn, the first animals came out of their hiding places. Karsten Mosebach still has the first photo he took of a deer on that day. It's a lousy photo, but for Karsten it marks the beginning of his love for nature photography. To this day, he chases all kinds of animals with his camera and boundless energy, always trying to get close enough to build a connection and take that special shot. In nature, Karsten enjoys nothing more than being able to take photographs of a moor landscape or a forest slowly emerging from the morning mist.

Milan Radisics (HU)

Roxy, my little princess
Adventures of the world's most photographed vixen

For eight months, Milan Radisics spent almost every night sitting at the window of his cottage in the forest observing a group of foxes with scientific rigour. By taking exposures remotely, he was able to document fascinating, covert and never-before-seen behaviours in these wild animals. Milan and the female fox he named Roxy slowly built up a distant, yet subtle, relationship that is difficult to describe in words. In an humorous and entertaining presentation, Milan sheds a new light on foxes, reveals his behind-the-scene methods, and explains how he photographed his heroine Roxy to produce an award-winning story.

About Milan Radisics
As a photographer, journalist and creative director from Hungary Milan combines art photography and photojournalism, working on stories that highlight the interactions between humans, nature and the environment -both from the air and at ground level. Milan has never been one for boundaries and has a knack for doing things a little differently. He works as a photographer for National Geographicand other well-known clients. Milan Radisics wontheSony World Photography Award, the Hungarian Press Photo competition (overall winner) and the Award of Excellence in the Pictures of the Year International competition (twice). Milan is also founder of FotoKozma, a Hungarian photo festival that explores the intersection of man and the environment via photo exhibitions.

Stephan Fürnrohr (DE, GDT)

Geometry of Ice

Photographer Stephan Fürnrohr has travelled to the Arctic his whole life. Several years ago, he found the artistic "love of his life" in Greenland. Here, in one of the Earth’s least densely populated regions, space seems to be both timeless and subject to constant change. The ice is melting and changing the way in which we experience the complex relationship between humans and nature.

Stephan Fürnrohr approaches the polar ice's diversity of forms and colours with his own visual language. Under the motto "ever further, ever closer", he has explored motifs ranging from the vastness of remote glaciers to the depths of ice caves in the Greenland Ice Sheet.

About Stephan Fürnrohr
Stephan Fürnrohr was born in Regensburg in 1972 and developed an enthusiasm for photography as a teenager. Ever since he spent time exploring northern Sweden's national parks with two friends at the age of 17, Stephan has been afflicted with the "Arctic virus". Father of two children, Stephan is both an entrepreneur and a member of the Berufsverband Bildender Künstler. He runs his own photo gallery in the picturesque town of Kallmünz, an artist colony near Regensburg.


Javier Aznar González de Rueda (ES)

Rainforest Souls
The hidden treasures ofEcuador's tropical forests

Javier Aznar González de Rueda studied and photographed the Amazon rainforest over a span of eight years. His presentation gives insights into the life histories of some of the most charismatic and unexplored animals found exclusively in this part of the world. Javier also shares his experiences as a photographer in this unique tropical ecosystem.

Facebook: @Javier Aznar Photography
Instagram: @javier_aznar_photography

About Javier Aznar González de Rueda
As a nature photographer Javier focuses on natural history, wildlife conservation and the relationship between humans and nature. Informed by his knowledge of biology, Javier's photographs offer a personal view of the wildness and fascination of nature. With his images, Javier hopes to draw the public’s attention to the urgent need to protect wildlife. He is a member of the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) and The Photo Society. Javier has photographed for National Geographic and his work has been published in international magazines including GEO, BBC Wildlife and Smithsonian Magazine.

Jonas Bendiksen (NO)

The book of Veles

Jonas Bendiksen presents his documentary project The Book of Veles about the fake news industry that took place in the town of Veles, Macedonia during the 2016 US election. After earning praise in the first six months after publication in April 2021, Bendiksen shocked the community by revealing that the project was in fact not what it appeared to be. In an entertaining presentation, Jonas delves into the quagmire of synthetic photo reportage, AI texts, avatars and Facebook trolls with the aim of setting off diverse social, ethical and philosophical alarm bells.

About Jonas Bendiksen
Jonas Bendiksen's evocative images explore themes of community, faith and technology. Born in Norway in1977, Bendiksen began working at the age of nineteen, later moving to Russia to pursue his career as a photojournalist. Jonas has been involved in many editorial and personal projects, including in-depth studies of Messianic communities (The Last Testament, 2017) and the rise of fake news and AI (The Book of Veles, 2021). Bendiksen lives near Oslo, Norway together with his wife and children.


Ricardo Lourenco (PRT)

Iberian Lynx - Chasing a ghost

Over the past three years, he made it his mission to document the life of the world's most endangered predatory cat - the Iberian Lynx. In addition to the photographic experience, what remains is the memory of the "rollercoaster" of emotions that marked this adventure on all levels.

About Ricardo Lourenço
Born in 1982 in Portugal, Ricardo has been in close contact with nature during his entire life. It is through this symbiosis that he fashioned his perception of the world. In 2007, he brought together his desire to explore local wildlife in situ with a growing passion for photography. From one photograph to the next, Ricardo attached ever importance to the processes, methods and results of his work. By regularly publishing his photographs in the internet and in special-interest magazines such as National Geographic, Ricardo Lourenço aims to make people more aware of the beauty of nature. In the last four years, he has devoted much of his time to photographing the world's most endangered predatory cat - the Iberian lynx.


Evgenia Arbugaeva (RUS)

Hyperborea - Stories from the Arctic

Evgenia Arbugaeva's presentation draws upon her experiences working in the Arctic for morethan a decade. Evgenia speaks about personal projects in her hometown, people residing in remote outposts on the coast of the Arctic Ocean, and indigenous communities living off the land and the sea.

Evgenia also presents a short documentary film which she produced together with her brother Maxim Arbugaev. The film Haulout was nominated for an Oscar in 2023.

About Evgenia Arbugaeva
Evgenia Arbugaeva (*1985) grew up in the port town of Tiksi on the shore of the Laptev Sea in the Siberian Arctic. Although she now lives in London, Evgenia remains deeply connected to her place of birth. Evgenia is a recipient of the ICP Infinity Award and the Leica Oskar Barnack Award. She is a fellow of the National Geographic Society. Her work has been exhibited internationally and has appeared in publications such as The New Yorker, The Guardian, Timeand National Geographic.

GDT Regional Group Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania

Water, Light & Expanse

A land of hills, forests, moors, valleys and rivers, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania welcomes its visitors with a myriad of natural treasures. The group of 31 nature photographers from the GDT Regional Group Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania set out to immerse themselves fully in this northern German landscape. The resulting presentation combines striking and poetic images with video sequences and interviews that fascinate and invite the audience to take part in the thoughts and motivations that inspire the photographers. The landscapes are explored both as habitats and places of yearning. The group also reveals fascinating nature destinations that are off the beaten track, including the "Amazon of the North" - the Peene River - and the Anklamer Stadtbruch.
Water, Light & Expanse is a position statement, a photographic declaration of love, and a clear commitment to safeguarding Mecklenburg-Vorpommern's unique natural environment. It is a homage to this land by the sea with a clear message: It is time for more wilderness!

About the GDT Regional Group Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania
Almost three dozen nature photographers belong to the regional group in Germany's northeasternmost state. The Mecklenburg Wildlife Photographers Working Group (founded in 1986) was integrated into GDT as Regional Group 9 after German reunification in 1991. In addition to the active photographers of the founding generation, many new, committed and creative members have joined the group in recent years.The members are inspired by a wide range of genres-from landscape and animal photography to artistic photography. The aim of the photographers is to develop a signature style, to present their own view of nature, and to protect nature.

Marijn Heuts (NL)

The willow whisperer - Project beaver

The Dutch photographer Marijn Heuts has followed the fate of several beaver families near his hometown during the last five years.

In this lecture, he presents impressive pictures depicting the lives of these talented builders and reports on how the project has developed over time.

About Marijn Heuts
Marijn Heuts (age 45 years) is a nature photographer and author from the Netherlands. He is passionate about all genres of nature photography and often lets his experience, emotions and pure chance decide whether the focus of his next photo shoot is a landscape, an abstract motif, wildlife or macro photography. Marijn's photographs have won awards in several major competitions, culminating in the image of a beaver which earned him the title Lowland Photographer of the Year 2019.

Monika Lawrenz & Anke Bastrop (DE, GDT)

Lost, Everlasting - Multimedia reading

Together, the photographer Monika Lawrenz and the poet Anke Bastrop explore phenomena under threat due to the climate crisis. Moreover, the two women examine the beauty of nature, a beauty which seems everlasting. Creative tension results from the juxtaposition of that which has been lost and that which seems eternal. Shimmering images, tipping points and ambiguity emerge; the foundations of human perception are shaken by an omnipresent threat. Anke Bastrop will read an essay and several poems written in dialogue with Monika Lawrenz's photographs.


About Monika Lawrenz
Monika Lawrenz was born and raised in Schwerin. In 1983, she moved to Hamburg to study documentary film and photography at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste. Since returning to Mecklenburg in 1995, Monika has worked and published photo books in cooperation with several musicians and artists. The book STILLE UND WEITE was published in 2012 with Monika's images of nature and texts by Margot Käßmann. Subsequently, the photo books IM ERSTEN LICHT, NEUE WILDNIS – NATIONALPARKS IN MECKLENBURG-VORPOMMERN and FARBEN DER STILLE were published. MYSTISCHES MECKLENBURG-VORPOMMERN appeared on Geo.de in 2021. Monika Lawrenz has received several prizes and scholarships for her work as a documentary filmmaker and photographer.

Monika Lawrenz

About Anke Bastrop
Anke Bastrop was born in Halle (Saale) in 1982 and grew up in Parchim. After an apprenticeship in the book trade, Anke studied German, journalism and creative writing at the German Literature Institute in Leipzig. In 2012, Anke Bastrop moved to Mecklenburg-Vorpommern where she now works as a creative writer and in literary studies. Anke has been awarded several scholarships for her creative writing.

Anke Bastorp

Xavi Bou (ES)

If birds left tracks in the sky

Xavi Bou's ornithographies are created with the aim of capturing fleeting moments and questioning the limits of human perception. The images also reflect the Spanish photographer's great passion for birds. Within a single frame, the (invisible) movement patterns of flying birds are made visible. The project Ornithographies represents a synthesis of art and science. It is an exercise in visual poetry, and above all, an invitation to regard the world with the curious eyes of the children we once were.

About Xavi Bou
At a very early age, Xavi Bou's passion for nature was awakened by his grandfather. This fascination inspired Xavi to study natural sciences at the University of Barcelona, where he graduated in geology in 2003. After obtaining a degree in photography in 2004, Xavi spent the next decade working for the advertising and fashion industry while teaching photography on the side. All the while, his love of nature remained. Inspired by his interest in the invisible patterns drawn by birds in flight, Xavi Bou began experimenting with ornithographies in 2012. As soon as his first ornithographies were made public in 2015, the images attracted the attention of the international press. Xavi Bou is now fully dedicated to this unique project.

Niklas Banowski (DE, GDT)

Epidemic - The end of an icon?

The fire salamander is an iconic species of European forests. In recent years, our native amphibians have been ravaged by a pathogenic skin fungus -Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans(Bsal). This fungus has caused massive declines in the number of salamanders, especially in western German and Benelux populations. As a result, the future of the fire salamander is uncertain. Niklas Banowski has studied this topic in great depth in his scientific and volunteer work, collaborating with other scientists, conservationists and volunteer organisations. His lecture provides background information on the Bsal fungus. Niklas discusses not only the threat represented by Bsal but also our role as nature photographers and how we must modify our behaviour to avert dire consequences for entire amphibian populations.

About Niklas Banowski
He is a biologist for whom photography has played an important role from the very start of his career. After initially using the camera primarily to document species, Niklas has recently turned his attention to photographing scientists and conservationists at work. By combining reportage photography and species portraits, he creates projects that draw attention to current topics in species conservation and support important conservation initiatives.

Mateusz Piesiak (PL, GDT)

A wildlife photographer’s diary
Stories from the field

Mateusz Piesiak's images introduce viewers to the extraordinary world of nature. His presentation highlights recent photos and videos, andshares behind-the-scenes stories from the field. Nature inspires Mateusz Piesiak to see the world from a fresh perspective -and that is exactly what he aims to convey through his photographs.

Instagram: @mpwildlife
Facebook: Mateusz Piesiak Wildlife Photograpy
TikTok: @mateuszpiesiak

About Mateusz Piesiak
Mateusz Piesiak is a Polish wildlife photographer. Fascinated by nature, he has been documenting unique wildlife moments for over 15 years. He experiments with light and composition, always striving to capture images that inspire. Mateusz' photographs have been published in international magazines and have won awards in numerous competitions. In 2022, he received the Rising Star Portfolio Award in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.