Winner at the International “Glanzlichter” Nature Photography Contest 2020

The photograph of the polar bear mother and cubs was honored as a winner at the International “Glanzlichter” Nature Photography Contest 2020. As mentioned earlier, the annual competition is one of the most important and highest regarded European events for nature photographers. In 2020 the jury had received 16937 entries of 919 photographers from 39 countries. 82 photos in 8 different categories were honoured with the image below being one of them, see the official site here. It was my third success at that competition. However, the award ceremony and the entire 3days festival of nature photography sadly had to be cancelled due to the CoVid-19 pandemic.

The photograph was taken in the Wapusk National Park, Manitoba, Canadian Arctic, using the EF 600mm f/4 L IS II USM + 1,4x Extender III on the Canon EOS-1 Dx Mark II @ f 9 + 0.67,1/1000 sec, ISO 400 (tripod with Wimberley Head)

Photo contribution to a scientific book about the Arctic Ecosystem and the future of polar bears

I am honored that two of my photographs were chosen as contribution for an important book, published in 2019 (see cover and the related images above). On 239 pages, the book comprehensively presents the scientific context and consequences of the dramatic changes in the arctic and the particular impact on the polar bears. The author Rinie van Meurs is a known expert for polar bears and has lead hundreds of expeditions in the High Arctic for 30 years, especially around Spitsbergen (Svalbard). I had joined several of these excellent trips, especially focused on polar bears. The pictures of some of those expedition voyages are not edited for galleries on this website yet. The co-author of the book, Louis Beyens, is a biologist and professor emeritus who has specialized in polar ecosystems and the effect of climate change.

The images were captured 2014 in the pack ice of the Russian Arctic north of Franz Josef Land as we encountered a seriously wounded and obviously traumatized female polar bear lying on an ice floe (right image).  At first, we could’t determine the reason until we sailed further and approached the almost completely skeletonized carcass of a yearly polar bear cub (image in the center above). We also spotted a big male in the distance. So it became clear that the female was injured after a hard fight with the male polar bear to defend her cub earlier that day.


Antarctica 2015 – A collection of images was added

The new gallery displays a selection of photographs that had been captured on my voyage to the Falklands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula in 2015. As usual, you can read the comprehensive description and view the travel maps by opening the drop down menu below the featured gallery image