A researcher from the University of Tartu received high acclaim at a European nature photography contest
On the 25th of October in Lünen, Germany, the nature photo "Bats and Stars" by natural resource management researcher Mati Kose was recognised at the rewarding of the prestigious European nature photography contest "GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013". Under the category of mammals Kose shared the 2nd and 3rd place.
This European nature photography contest is one of the largest and most influential contests of its kind, to which works are submitted globally. UT researcher Mati Kose said that as the first great international recognition and on the path of creative searching, the high place at one of the strongest nature photography contests in the world is very pleasant and inspiring. "On the one hand, the fact that we are able to compete with photographers taking pictures in the golden locations of animal photography is a recognition of our nature's riches; on the other hand, it shows that pushing the frontiers and finding new perspectives of nature photography is the right path to catch an eye in today's highly competitive media outlets."
Kose tells the story of how he took the winning photo during a trip undertaken to effectively end a summer vacation. "I thought about how to use the last three days of my vacation most effectively in terms of getting a great nature shot – I drove to the Sõrve biology station in Saaremaa, where one finds a lot of good opportunities to photograph," Kose reminisced. "A surprising chance presented itself on a stormy August night. In the field base yard, a light trap was set up to monitor moths. The swarm of insects circling the light in turn attracted a myriad of bats. Contemplating their arching flight, the idea of capturing them with the bright starry landscape of the August sky in the background was born."
As a scientist and nature photographer, the vocation of the UT researcher Mati Kose is to be the mediator and interpreter of nature, to show the nature in its power and fragility in a riveting and surprising manner. "In the past few years, I've been trying to find more and more new and different perspectives and creative solutions in photography. One of my favourite subjects is to record slow and fast natural phenomena simultaneously," Kose said.
An invitation to the European nature photography contest was, in addition to Mati Kose, received by Sven Zacek and Remo Savisaar.
The contest "European Wildlife Photographer of the Year" is organised by the association of animal photographers in Germany (GDT). All European amateur and professional photographers can participate in this contest.
The gallery of photographs credited in the contest can be viewed here.
For more information: Mati Kose, natural resource management researcher in the University of Tartu, nature photographer, phone number: 445 0538, e-mail: mati.kose [ät] ut.ee.