Winners 2020

2020 prize-winners

Here you can find the winning photographs in this year’s “European Treasures of Nature” photography competition, organised in cooperation with ‘natur’ magazine, Gelsenwasser AG and the photo shop "Lichtblick" in Constance. Our warm thanks go to all those photographers who took part!  

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1st place: Mine!

© Tony Zhang

1st Place: Tony Zhang

Cormorants don’t have it easy: in many places, they are hounded and even shot down. Even once they’ve succeeded in hunting down some food, there’s always the business of keeping envious onlookers away from it. One such greedy chancer tried to snatch this tasty morsel of fish just moments after it had been caught by a successful hunter. The two of them battled for 20 seconds – until the original owner lost his prey.

Almost as good as flying

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2nd place: Almost as good as flying

© Fabio Sartori

2nd Place: Fabio Sartori

This photographer went out one morning in late autumn to hunt for a subject. Suddenly he came across some ants on a dandelion head carrying its seeds home between their mandibles. Suddenly a puff of wind floated one of the ants away, as though suspended from a parachute.

Paso doble

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3rd place: Paso doble

© Lutz Klapp

3rd Place: Lutz Klapp

What may look like an elegant dance for two is, in reality, a battle for food. Two starlings were having a real shouting match in a garden in Hesse, or should we say a squawking match! This gave the photographer a fascinating series of pictures, proving that even competition for food can provide aesthetic interest.  


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4th place: Wingbeat

© Christof Wermter

4th Place: Christof Wermter

Sanderlings are typical intertidal waders, darting along the water’s edge in small groups, earning themselves the name “Keen Tied” in the local dialect, meaning “no time”. In the autumn, these long-distance migrants can be seen along the German North Sea and Baltic coastlines. This Sanderling was captured by the photographer’s lens on the Darß peninsula – in an unusually quiet moment.

Flock of starlings bathing

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5th place: Flock of starlings bathing

© Oscar Diez

5th Place: Oscar Diez Martínez

What bird of prey could pick out a single individual from this mass of feathers? Huge flocks often offer small birds their best chance of survival. Starlings are the true champions of group formation: their flocks can hold several hundred thousand of them.  

Carabus problematicus

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6th place: Carabus problematicus

© Konrad Funk

6th Place: Konrad Funk

How the ridged violet ground beetle came by its Latin name is a mystery. Carabus problematicus is everything but problematic. In reality, as a predatory beetle, it plays an important role in the forest ecosystem. Foresters lucky enough to have them on their patch will be pleased to see them.


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7th place: Taken!

© Bernd Stein

7th place: Dr. Bernd Stein

Perches serve a practical purpose for birds: from them they have a wonderful view of the immediate vicinity, looking out for food and enemies. These sites are very much in demand. In this case, a little owl needed its full repertoire of hissing to keep off this greater spotted woodpecker with its equally smartly spotted plumage.

The runner

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8th place: The runner

© Astrid Hauzenberger

8th Place: Astrid Hauzenberger

It’s more usual to see a frog hopping or jumping, but this young tree frog looks like he’s getting ready for a 100-meter sprint. The sticky pads on the tips of his fingers and toes can clearly be seen; these are perfectly adapted to climbing up grasses, sedges and trees.

Kiss for Mummy

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9th place: Kiss for Mummy

© Marcus Gangloff

9th Place: Marcus Gangloff

This photo was taken from a photography hide one evening in Finland. After Romania, the country has the second highest population density of bears in Europe. Once the males had cleared the area, this female was ready to venture forth with her young cub of only a few weeks. It is touching to see how intimately the mother plays with her cub and cuddles it.   



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10th place: Giants

© Pawel Zygmunt

10th Place: Pawel Zygmunt

Rough weather is the rule not the exception on the Faroes. So this photographer had to battle his way through storms and hail showers to get this drone photo of the Kallur cliffs. It was worth it: the picture captures the threatening mood that often reigns over this North Atlantic archipelago in a most impressive way.

High expectations

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10th place: High expectations

© Ulrich Hopp

10th Place: Dr. Ulrich Hopp

The grey heron may be a familiar sight in Central Europe but its somewhat smaller relation, the purple heron, is rarely seen. The primary area of its distribution is still in southern Europe. However, in the Wagbachniederung nature reserve in Baden-Württemberg, it is possible to get really close to these slender birds without disturbing their breeding.


Long legs

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12th place: Long legs

© Edwig Vanhassel

12th Place: Edwig Vanhassel

Filigree legs balancing on delicate moss stalks. Harvestmen are known for their long limbs; these can reach 25 times their body length in some species, allowing them to walk elegantly across fragile plant structures such as these.

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© Thomas Hinsche

The 12 prizewinning pictures for this year’s competition can also be admired in our large format wall calendar ‘EuroNatur – Europe’s Natural Treasures 2021’, which can be ordered exclusively from EuroNatur-Service GmbH. Available for delivery from October 2020.

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