How cool is that!
A brown bear that triggered one of our wide-angle phototraps in the wild heart of Europe has made it into this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year selection…all the way from the forest right into the Natural History Museum in London.
For me that is something really special, not only as a photographer but much more as a conservationist. The WPY competition is THE competition when it comes to nature and wildlife photography, so I am deeply honored to be among the awarded photographers of this year’s selection.
Have been working on the topic of large carnivores in Central Europe for more than three years I have seen first hand how much potential there is for large carnivores like the brown bear to thrive in the very heart of Europe. An area that isn’t considered a wild place at all in most people’s minds. I hope that this highly commended image (in the category Animals in their environment) helps spreading the message that coexistence with large predators is possible even in densely populated Central Europe and that large carnivores constitute a crucial component of functioning ecosystems and truly wild places!
Thanks very much to the jury for selecting my image and huge congrats to all the other awarded photographers!
Thumbs up for Marsel van Oosten and Skye Meaker – the overall winners, to Javier Aznar González de Rueda and Jasper Doest for their impressive portfolios, and fellow photogaphers Emmanuel Rondeau, Julius Kramer, Morgan Heim and Dave Herasimtschuk and all the others for their inspiring body of work that hopefully makes a lasting impact!