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Highly Commended in GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013

[29th October, 2013] Selected from 16,500 images, it is a pleasure to let you know that my low angle backlight image of a hippo bull has been Highly Commended in the Mammals category in GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013. The same image was also Highly Commended in this year´s Asferico International Nature Photography Competition, so truly this hippo bull has given me good luck!

Congratulations also to other Norwegian photographers winning prizes in GDT 2013, hereby Audun Rikardsen (Highly Commended in Birds Category), Erlend Haarberg (Highly Commended in Mammals category), Lars Andreas Dybvik (1st place in Nature´s Studio category) and Pål Hermansen (Fritz Pölking Prize 2013). No doubt Norwegian photographers are doing very well in reputable international nature photography contests. 

About the GDT - Gesellschaft Deutscher Tierfotografen
GDT is an international nature photography contest for professionals and amateurs worldwide. This year photographers from 32 countries - in all 16,500 images - entered the competition. The winning ceremony took place 25th - 27th of October at the International Nature Photography Festival in Lünen on the outskirts of Dortmund, Germany. The winning images will be displayed in the GDT 2013 Yearbook availible for purchase from GDT´s website, and after the festival the winning images also will be displayed in GDT exhibitions including the Museum of Man and Nature (Museum Mensch und Natur) in Munich will showcase the photographs of the competition presenting them in a large special exhibition opening November 28, 2013. 

How the photograph was captured
The small pond was completely covered with a green carpet of floating water hyacinths, and just as the hippo after a dive shows up from the water a swarm of insects took to the air. Laying on my elbows on the muddy shore with my camera gear and myself solid planted in an undefined mixture of water, soil and hippo poo, I had a great superlow angle from where to photograph this hippo bull in backlight in the early sunrise of Maasai Mara. Thanks to Big John, our Maasai guide guarding from the Landrover behind for other hippos coming back to the pool. Also thanks to Ole Jørgen Liodden and WildPhoto Travel for a great trip and company.

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Hippo bull with surrounding insects. Maasai Mara, Kenya.
Highly Commended photograph in GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013.
Nikon D4, Nikkor 600/4 VR + 1.4 converter, 1/1250 sec at f/8. -1/3 EV, ISO 450.