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Wildlife Photographer of the Year

The Overall Winner? Hungary ’s great talent: Bence Máté, who also won the prestigious “Eric Hosking Award” for young photographers aged 26 and under with a stunning portfolio: Wow, congratulations, Bence!

image by Maurizio Biancarelli
image by Jari Peltomäki
image by Edwin Giesbers
image by Sandra Bartocha

Maurizio Biancarelli won the “Wild Places” category with a glorious image from Plitvice National Park , Croatia that he took on his assignment for Wild Wonders of Europe in the fall of 2008.

Other awarded images from the Wild Wonders of Europe collection are the Dalmatian Pelicans by Jari Peltomäki from Lake Kerkini in Greece , which won him a Highly Commended in the “Gerald Durrell Award for Endangered Wildlife” category.

Edwin Giesbers scored in the “Creative Visions of Nature” categroy with “Out of the Blue”, an image from his Liechtenstein mission.

Sandra Bartocha bagged a Highly Commended award in the “In Praise of Plants” category for one of her superb orchid photographs from Gargano National Park Italy .

Further winners are: Orsolya Haarberg (HC*), Verena-Popp Hackner (HC*), Peter Cairns (RU*), Laurent Geslin (W*), Michel Roggo (HC*) and Tom Schandy (HC*) – all with images from European landscapes and wildlife!

And last but not least Christian Ziegler (HC*) with a colibri shot from Panama .

(* HC = Highly Commended, RU = Runner-Up, W = Winner)

Wild Wonders On Stage

photo of Tarja Halonen and Staffan WidstrandThe Finnish president, Tarja Halonen, obviously enjoys her copy of the Wild Wonders of Europe flagship book that Staffan Widstrand presented to her after his talk in front of a 2,000 sitting audience in Finlandia Hall, Helsinki. His Wild Wonders of Europe presentation was part of the Finnish Nature Photo Festival.

Plus, several Wild Wonders photographers gave presentations at “WildPhotos” in London this week.

If you missed these two and still want to see hundreds of the Wild Wonders of Europe images, here are some upcoming events with Wild Wonders photographers on stage. We would love to see you there!

October 29 - 31: GDT International Nature Photo Festival, Luenen – Germany
November 18 – 21: AFPAN, Montier-en-Dèr (+ exhibition!) – France
December 10 – 12: Polish Nature Photo Festival, Torun – Poland
April 29 – May 1, 2011 : Naturfoto Festival Wattenmeer, Husum – Germany

and more to come…

Fancy a new Nikon DSLR Camera?

Nikon camera kits, Nik Software and fineArt prints are among the prizes of our monthly photo competition.

And after 12 months the Grand Prize might take YOU on your own Wild Wonders assignment!

Taking part is simple.
No entry fees, 24/7 online upload and a special age group for young photographers!
Send us YOUR best Wild Wonders of Europe!
The second round of our online photo competition is in full swing and waiting for entries!

Enjoy and vote for the shortlisted September entries. Public voting ends October 31! Invite your friends and colleagues! It’s great fun with loads of nice pictures to look at.



Wild Wonders of Europe Book cover"From the polar bears of arctic Svalbard to the sea turtles of the Mediterranean; from the wild bison of Poland to the snow-covered glaciers of the Caucasus – for the first time ever, the wild beauty of Europe’s landscapes and the immense diversity of its wildlife is being shown to the world." - excerpt from English edition of the book.

For more information contact:
Florian Moellers (Communications Director) t: +491709375789 e: florian@wild-wonders.com, Bridget Wijnberg (Media & Exhibitions Director) t:+447972106839 e: bridget@wild-wonders.com

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