Beautiful Photo of Adorable Hare in a Field Wins Nature Photography Contest

European Hare in a Field

“A hare's dream” GNPY 2020, Peter Lindel, GDT. Overall Winner. European hare in the north of Dortmund.

A photograph of a hare bathed in glowing warm light won the GDT Nature Photographer of the Year contest for German photographer Peter Lindel. The competition, which is open to members of the Society for Nature Photography, was forced to hold their voting online this year due to the coronavirus; but, nevertheless, members turned out en masse to vote for the winners.

Over 5,000 images were submitted to the contest, which were then narrowed down to the top ten photographs across seven categories during a pre-jury selection process. After that, the 307 members of the society, who are spread across 11 countries, voted for their top images in the categories of Birds, Mammals, Other Animals, Plants & Fungi, Landscapes, Nature's Studio, and this year's special category—Water.

Lindel's victory is a testament to his perseverance. The Dortmund native took the photo in his hometown, which isn't particularly known for its abundance of wildlife. “The European hare, once a common inhabitant of open countryside all over Germany, has become a rare sight,” Lindel shares. “While the large number of hares that I used to spot every morning on my way to work in the fields and meadows north of Dortmund, prompted me twelve years ago to explore this area with my camera, it has now become increasingly time-consuming to find hares and present them in an appealing photograph.

“This photo, A hare's dream, was taken in July of 2019 when months of searching a suitable location led me to a dirt road, which offered the most beautiful morning light, lovely vegetation, and three hares. Dreamy, curious, careful, anxious. These are the adjectives that I find to describe the expression of ‘my hare' best.”

By eschewing traditional hotspots for wildlife photography, Lindel proves that award-winning photography can be taken anywhere—one just needs to be patient. For his victory, Lindel will take home a cash prize and an Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III 12-40mm kit, which will certainly serve him well on his continued photography adventures.

Check out more award-winning photography from the GDT Nature Photographer of the Year contest.

Crocodile Hidden in the Mud

“Danger in the mud” GNPY 2020, Jens Cullmann, GDT. Winner, Other Animals. Crocodile in a drying pool.

Raccoons on a Tree

“Curious glances” GNPY 2020, Jan Piecha, GDT. 4th Place, Mammals. Raccoons, North Hesse.

School of Mackerel Rushing Forwards

“School of mackerel” GNPY 2020, Henry Jager, GDT. 3rd Place, Other Animals. School of mackerel, Cocos Island.

Meltwater lake in Greenland

“The White Coastline” GNPY 2020, Stephan Fürnrohr, GDT. 2nd Place, Nature's Studio. Meltwater lake, Greenland.

Water pouring down rocks in a stream

“The Play of Water” GNPY 2020, Britta Strack, GDT. Winner, Special Category – Water. Hraunfossar, Iceland.

A Coyote Causes Geese to Panic and Fly Away

“Take Off” GNPY 2020, Flurin Leugger, GDT. Winner, Birds. Coyote panics geese.

Tombstone Territorial Park

“Yukon Gold Rush” GNPY 2020, Axel Gomeringer, GDT. 5th Place, Landscapes. Tombstone Territorial Park.

Massai Mara Sky in the Rainy Season

“Masai Mara sky” GNPY 2020, Jose Fragozo, GDT. 2nd Place, Landscapes.

Tufted ducks and pochards

“Ducks” GNPY 2020, Christoph Kaula, GDT. 4th Place, Birds. Tufted ducks and pochards.

Reflections of Light on Waves

“Milk and honey” GNPY 2020, Sandra Bartocha, GDT. 2nd Place, Special Category – Water. Reflection of the chalk coast.

Blackbird Flying Away in the Mist

“Flooded with light” GNPY 2020, Jan Piecha, GDT. Winner, Nature's Studio. Blackbird, North Hesse.

Artistic Photo of Mushroom in the Forest

“Fairytale world” GNPY 2020, Florian Smit, GDT. 5th Place, Plants and Fungi. Mushrooms, Northern Germany.

Arabian red fox lit from behind in Kuwait

“Glowing fox” GNPY 2020, Mohammad Murad, GDT. 2nd Place, Mammals. Arabian red fox in Kuwait City.

Tree in the mist at the Albtrauf

” Magic light” GNPY 2020, Benjain Waldmannr, GDT. Winner, Landscapes. Tree in the mist at the Albtrauf.

The Dead Forest in Bavaria

“New life in a dead forest” GNPY 2020, Radomir Jakubowski, GDT. Winner, Plants and Fungi. Dead forest, Bavaria.

Abstract Photo of Bubbles in Water

“Collision” GNPY 2020, Birgit Potthof, GDT. 3rd Place, Special Category – Water. Overlap of geometric shape.

Light Refracting on a Spider's Web

“Refraction” GNPY 2020, Burkhard Hillert, GDT. 5th Place, Nature's Studio. Refraction of light in the cobweb.

American Dipper in California

“Stony Dipper” GNPY 2020, Hermann Hirsch, GDT. 3rd Place, Birds. American Dipper in California.

Artistic Photo of a River in Iceland

“Iceland going abstract” GNPY 2020, Uwe Hasubek, GDT. 10th Place, Nature's Studio. Painting of a river, Iceland.

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My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by the Society for Nature Photography (GDT).

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Staff Editor and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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