GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year Winners

The overall winner of the GDT (Gesellschaft Deutscher Tierfotografen)  Wildlife Photographer of the Year went to the Finnish photographer Tommy Vikars with his image “Stargazer”. The photograph is a night shot of white-tailed deer, which are invasive to Finland, in winter at their feeding place.

Vikars won €2,000 in the Canon-sponsored competition, beating more than 12,000 other entries with his photo of white-tailed deer.

The professional nature photographer said he triggered his camera using a remote shutter release, while he remained in a hide around 50m away – monitoring the scene through a 300mm lens mounted on a second camera.

Other winners included  Markus Zadra from Italy in the ‘Birds’ category called “Mysterious and secretive” and Florent Cardinaux  from France who won the ‘Mammals’ category with “Badger in underwood at dusk”.

The call for entries for the 2013 competition will open in November 2012. The closing date for entries is 1 February 2013.

For more information on the GDT click here.

Here’s some of the other winners:

Overall winner: Tommy Vikars-Finland

Winner of the ‘Birds’ category: Markus Zadra – Italy

Winner of the ‘Mammals’ category: Florent Cardinaux – France

Highly commended in the ‘Mammals’ category:

Winner of the ‘Other Animals’ category: Uwe Hasubek (GDT) – Germany

Winner of the ‘Plants and Fungi’ category: Sébastien Lamadon – France

Winner of the ‘Landscapes’ category: Lars Andreas Dybvik – Norway

Winner of the ‘Underwater world’ category: Cristobal Serrano – Spain

Runner-up in the ‘Underwater world’ category: Claudio Gazzaroli – Switzerland

Winner of the ‘ Man and nature’ category: Ferenc Somodi – Hungary

Prize of the audience: Edwin Kats (NL)


  1. Wilhelm November 5, 2012 at 11:29 am

    This photos are so inspiring… I love Tommy Vikars photo!

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