At just 18, Hermann Hirsch is the youngest member of the GDT to take home a prize at from the annual competition. But his photograph “Urban Idyll”, of a fox in Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia, captured the jury's heart.
He spotted a litter of eight foxes romping around near the entrance of their den.
“The one in the photograph is the biggest of this litter of foxes,” said Hirsch. “He was always the last one to leave the den and he also regarded me with the greatest suspicion.
A selection of shots from this year's winners
"One evening when the little foxes played and scrapped right before my very feet, the ‘big one’ would only sit there and watch the summer sun go down. What an idyllic scene in the centre of the Ruhr region”
Waiting for hours each day in a nearby wooded area to get the perfect shot of a fox paid off, as he was crowned overall winner out of 226 entrants and 3,577 photographs.
The photos will go on show at the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) in Bonn, from May 23rd until the end of September.
Categories included: Birds, Mammals, Other Animals, Plants and Funghi, Landscapes, Nature's Studio and newly added this year Animal Portraits.