The jury

We have a fantastic and diverse jury of experts. The following criteria are included in the jury's decision: lighting, photo composition, affinity for nature, sports dimension, image impact, and general impression.
The jury will discuss the photos and continue to vote until a clear winner emerges.

VAUDE, Antje von Dewitz

In 2009 she took over the management of VAUDE from her father, Albrecht von Dewitz. She earned her Ph.D. and worked at the Endowed Chair of Entrepreneurship at the University of Hohenheim. Dr. Antje von Dewitz pursues a corporate strategy that is consistently geared to sustainability. After studying Economics and Cultural Studies at the University of Passau, she was first a product manager and later  responsible for communications at VAUDE.

“The outdoors is what I live for. It’s where I draw my strength and where I become grounded. My favorite way to get outdoors is to go biking or hiking."


Welt der Wunder, Hendrik Hey

Founder and previous television producer of the science and documentary series “Welt der Wunder”, Hendrik Hey fulfilled a long-held dream with his own television station Welt der Wunder TV. Since October 16, 2013 he has been the program director and moderator of the new free TV broadcaster of the same name. Hendrik Hey was born in Hamburg and grew up in Solingen North-Rhine Westphalia. He studied German, Romance, Philosophy, Political Science, Business Administration and Journalism and has worked for the television stations Das Erste, ZDF, Sat.1, RTL and ProSieben. He produced and moderated “Welt der Wunder” (World of Wonders) for ProSieben from March 10, 1996 to 2004, which ran from January 2005 to 2013 on RTL II.  


Canon, Kai-Kester Löhle

Since 1999 on board of the imaging specialist. After short stops in sales and product markteing today responsible for Marketing Communication mainly fairs and events, (social) media. For both business units: consumer and b2b.

“I like to travel on the water and preferably pushed from the wind. A Canon EOS camera is obligation to the equipment.” 


msn microsoft, Florian Stickel

Florian Stickel is editor in chief of Microsoft's Information & Content Experiences department in Germany. Together with his team, he is responsible for journalistic work on the online publications msn.de and Bing apps for Windows 8. Every day, hundreds of new photos are used there. He has been involved in digital media for over 15 years, and before Microsoft, he worked for the Süddeutsche Zeitung, ProSieben and Excite Europe. He’s also been on a search for the best photos for lead stories, photo galleries and teasers. Because a good photo can tell a great story in just a matter of seconds.


Photocircle, Saskia Otto

Pictures determine Saskia's life. After obtaining her masters degree in photography and media design at FH Bielefeld, Saskia worked as a photo editor for various magazines and newspapers in Berlin.  At Photocircle, she dedicates all of her attention to her biggest passion – the portfolios of talented photographers.  When she re-emerges from the depths of countless photo blogs, she can be found in the company of her loved ones in Kreuzberg. And always there with her – good-natured dogs and a glass of red wine.


outdoor, Elke Zepezauer

I have worked as an Art Director with the Outdoor Team since the beginning of this year where I can perfectly unite my love for design and for nature.  In my free time I enjoy going to jazz concerts, ballet and the theatre. And if I still have any time left after my two sons, I like to travel by bike in the north with the wind in my hair or hike on the Swabian Alb and in the mountains.

“What I love best is biking in the north with the wind in my hair or hiking in the Alps.”   


German Alpine Club, Georg Hohenester

Georg Hohenester works as managing editor and editor in chief of the membership and association magazine DAV Panorama at the "Deutsche Alpenverein". He studied philology and is passionate about the mountains – when his professional administrative work leaves time for it.


Mountain News, Sebastian Lindemeyer

Working as the Managing Editor of the german online magazines Skiinfo and Bergleben, Sebastian is passionate about mountain sports for many years. He studied sport science in Göttingen, worked as a ski teacher and is now for nearly ten years outdoor sports editor in digital media. No matter if climbing, hiking, skiing, rock or snow, winter or summer, mountains are part of his life. As the leading editor he worked together with a bunch of professional photographers, is  a photo enthusiast and sees himself each year confronted with thousands of images from all over the world.

“I love being in the mountains and am excited about good films and images. For me a good photo is an eye catcher, it shows more than a nice panoramic view. I like creativity, different angles, action or absolute silence and images you want to look longer than a second. And last but not least: emotions! Because this is what mountain sport is about.” 


Tiscover, Sabine Hodgson

Sabine Hodgson, native of Allgäu/Bavaria, has been in the Online Marketing Team at the Tiscover.com portal since June 2009. Her and the Online Marketing team's responsibility comprises the development of marketing and content strategies for further improvements and operational functions of the booking portal. Previously Sabine, a professional Master of Business Administration, was working for tourism organisations in England, Germany and China.  

„High-resolution photos are of upmost importance when it comes to presenting holiday accommodations successfully. Premium picture quality has already become a must for our portal users.“


EDELRID, Anne Leidenfrost

Anne is an avid climber and Head of Marketing at EDELRID. Photography is a big part of her daily work in print and digital marketing. She enjoys working closely together with many of the world’s top photographers and athletes who are telling the stories from their adventures through images. However, this only takes second place to her passion for climbing and the outdoors which allow her to experience the places and stories from the pictures first hand.