Fritz Pölking and Fritz Pölking Junior Prize – until 1 March 2019

Deadline: 1 March 2019. For the 12th time the GDT (Gesellschaft Deutscher Tierfotografen e.V.) invites amateurs and professionals from all over the world to participate in this event.

The influence of GDT founder member and honorary member Fritz Pölking on wildlife photography in Germany is unrivalled. His work received international recognition on numerous occasions and many of his photographs have found their way into a collective memory. Numerous books, lectures and workshops were the basis on which Fritz Pölking reached out to people all over the world; his work remains a source of inspiration and motivation for many photographers.

In recognition of his photographic work the publishing house “Tecklenborg” in cooperation with the GDT has launched the Fritz Pölking Prize and the Fritz Pölking Junior Prize in 2008. This award will be presented within the context of the contest “GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year” and will be awarded yearly for extraordinary work in the field of wildlife photography. This may either be a special wildlife photography project or a portfolio of individual photographs. The minimum number of submitted photographs is 8; the maximum number is restricted to 12. Judgement will focus on photographic performance as well as the overall conception, idea and creative execution. Please keep in mind that less means sometimes more, i.e. 8 suitable and coherent photographs may be a better choice than 12 pictures which do not harmonize.
The winning photographs will be presented on the occasion of the International Nature Photography Festival in Lünen and will afterwards be put on exhibition in a range of museums, galleries and companies. A catalogue will accompany this exhibition and the winning photographs will also be issued in publications by Tecklenborg publishing house.


Fritz Pölking Prize
2.000 Euro – donated by Tecklenborg publishing house

Fritz Pölking Junior Prize
1.500 Euro – donated by Tecklenborg publishing house

A merchandise voucher worth 500 Euro – donated by AC-Foto *
* Cash equivalents as a substitute are not available.

The winners will be invited to the award ceremony (festival ticket, buffet and accommodation will be paid for)

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