Lobende Erwähnung. That’s German for Highly Commended (eervolle vermelding in Dutch) and exactly what my close-up photograph of two tiny mycenae received at the 2010 European Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, organised by the German GDT. I am very happy and proud to be amongst the winners of this year’s competition, as it is widely considered to be one of the most important nature photography contests worldwide. I had previously entered the competition for 4 years in a row without any success, but my images did get farther and farther every year. Now I have finally succeeded, and hopefully not for the last time.

Among the winners usually are a few fellow Dutchmen, and this year is no exception. Theo Bosboom received two HC’s (and did a very fine presentation on Iceland), Paul van Hoof and Misja Smits received one HC, like me, and Mees de Bruijne won a runner-up position. Full results will be published shortly on the GDT website. Check it out, it is a good source for inspiration!

I went to the GDT festival last Saturday and enjoyed a few very nice presentations by Theo Bosboom, Niall Benvie and Ingo Arndt. Hannu Hauttala and Lassi Rautiainen did a very humerous presentation in a combination of Finnish, German and English. They reminded me of Waldorf and Statler of the Muppets. What I enjoyed most is meeting old and new friends, some of them I only get to see and talk to once a year at the festival. Thanks to Wilco Dragt for taking a picture of the proud photographer!

Update November 2, 2010: the winners are now online.

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