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The winners of the German GDT Nature Photographer of the Year competition have been revealed

Natural beauty! Stunning images of raccoons, a hair and a crocodile caked in mud take the top prizes in a German wildlife photography competition

  • Winners of the German Society for Nature Photography contest are revealed 
  • A hare standing in a field at dusk came in first place, claiming the grand prize 
  • Mushrooms, raccoons and a crocodile also featured in the winning snaps 

A field of mushrooms, an inquisitive hare and a crocodile caked in mud are among the subjects of the stunning photos that have taken top prizes in a wildlife photography competition. 

The images were taken by people around the world and submitted to the German Society for Nature Photography Nature Photographer of the Year 2020 competition and the winner was decided via an online vote.   

The competition spanned seven categories: Mammals, Other Animals, Birds, Plants and Fungi, Landscapes, Nature’s Studio, and one special category: Water.

The overall winner of the competition was Peter Lindel, who photographed a European hare in Dortmund. Scroll down to see the winners of each category. 

Overall Winner and Mammals WINNER: Peter Lindel for a hare in the north of Dortmund

Mammals RUNNER UP: Mohammad Murad caught this Arabian Red fox in Kuwait City

Mammals RUNNER UP: Mohammad Murad caught this Arabian Red fox in Kuwait City

Mammals FOURTH PLACE:

Mammals FOURTH PLACE: This band of raccoons in North Hesse by Jan Piecha 

Other animals WINNER: A crocodile hiding in plain sight in a pool of mud by Jens Cullman

Other animals WINNER: A crocodile hiding in plain sight in a pool of mud by Jens Cullman

Other animals THIRD PLACE: A school of jacks was photographed by Henry Jager in Costa Rica

Other animals THIRD PLACE: A school of jacks was photographed by Henry Jager in Costa Rica

Birds WINNER: A group of geese captured mid-flight by Flurin Leugger in an unknown location

Birds WINNER: A group of geese captured mid-flight by Flurin Leugger in an unknown location

Birds THIRD PLACE: In California, Hermann Hirsh captured this mesmerising portrait of a bird

Birds THIRD PLACE: In California, Hermann Hirsh captured this mesmerising portrait of a bird

Birds FOURTH PLACE: This abstract picture of ducks was photographed by Christoph Kaula

Birds FOURTH PLACE: This abstract picture of ducks was photographed by Christoph Kaula 

Plants and fungi WINNER: Radomir Jakubowski photographed the dead forest of Bavaria

Plants and fungi WINNER: Radomir Jakubowski photographed the dead forest of Bavaria 

Plants and fungi FIFTH PLACE: Close-up of a mushroom by Florian Smit, of northern Germany

Plants and fungi FIFTH PLACE: Close-up of a mushroom by Florian Smit, of northern Germany

Landscape WINNER: Benjamin Waldmann came first with this picture of a three caught in the mist at the Albtrauf, the northwestern edge of the Swabian Alps

Landscape WINNER: Benjamin Waldmann came first with this picture of a three caught in the mist at the Albtrauf, the northwestern edge of the Swabian Alps

Landscape RUNNER-UP: In second place of the landscape category was Jose Fragozo's sap of the night sky in Kenya during the rain season

Landscape RUNNER-UP: In second place of the landscape category was Jose Fragozo’s sap of the night sky in Kenya during the rain season

Landscape FIFTH PLACE: This beautiful aerial shot of the Tombstone Territorial Park in Canada won Axel Gomeringer

Landscape FIFTH PLACE: This beautiful aerial shot of the Tombstone Territorial Park in Canada won Axel Gomeringer

Nature's Studio WINNER: A bird watching fireworks came first in the Nature's Studio category. It was taken by Jan Piecha

Nature’s Studio WINNER: A bird watching fireworks came first in the Nature’s Studio category. It was taken by Jan Piecha 

Nature's Studio RUNNER-UP: An aerial shot shows the coastline of the Meltwater Lake in Greenland. It was taken by Stephan Fürnrohr

Nature’s Studio RUNNER-UP: An aerial shot shows the coastline of the Meltwater Lake in Greenland. It was taken by Stephan Fürnrohr

Water WINNER: In first place in the water category came Britta Strack, with this hypnotising snap taken in Hraunfossar, Iceland

Water WINNER: In first place in the water category came Britta Strack, with this hypnotising snap taken in Hraunfossar, Iceland

Water RUNNER-UP: In second place, Sandra Bartocha caught the reflection of the coast onto the wave in the afternoon light

Water RUNNER-UP: In second place, Sandra Bartocha caught the reflection of the coast onto the wave in the afternoon light

Water THIRD PLACE: Taken a more macro-approach, Birgit Potthoff came in third place with this picture of the geometrical shapes formed in water

Water THIRD PLACE: Taken a more macro-approach, Birgit Potthoff came in third place with this picture of the geometrical shapes formed in water

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