28-30.10.22 at Röthelstein Castle, Admont Nature photography in dialogue

Nature photography in dialogue

Cover photo: Simon Schöpf / bergspektiven.at

Nature Photography in Dialogue 2022: "Landscape in Change - Photography as an Indicator of Landscape Change".

This is the title of a specialist conference on current issues, objectives and challenges of professional nature and landscape photography that will take place every two years from 2022 onwards!

Well-known photographers from Germany and abroad as well as renowned experts from the field of nature conservation and research will exchange views on important topics such as species protection, climate change or dramatic landscape changes. They will discuss possible synergies, but also potential points of friction and conflict in the field of nature photography. The three-day hybrid event will be framed by fascinating lectures and photo tours in the Gesäuse National Park.


From Friday, 28.10.22 to Sunday, 30.10.22 at Röthelstein Castle, Admont

The event will be streamed live on Facebook and YouTube from 09:30 on Saturday 29 October.


Facebook: https://fb.me/e/76ygtWrFQ

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The stream can also be streamed afterwards on the Facebook and YouTube channels of the Gesäuse National Park.


Programme 2022

From Friday, 28.10.22 to Sunday, 30.10.22 at Röthelstein Castle, Admont

Friday, 28.10. 2022

19:00, Röthelstein Castle, Admont

Lecture by John-Oliver Dum

Extreme macro & micro photography in the service of nature conservation

The person:

John-Oliver Dum takes microphotography to the extreme. With his highly magnified photographs of insects, he brings out details that would otherwise remain hidden to the naked eye and reveals the underestimated beauty of these animals. At first glance, John-Oliver Dum's photographs seem almost surreal: the fascinating face of a spider, iridescent butterfly scales or the eye of a fly on which individual pollen grains can be made out. He is able to depict all of this in a sharpness and splendour of colour that at first makes it hard for the viewer to believe that these are real photographs. But that is exactly what they are. John-Oliver Dum has perfected an art that only a few people in the world have mastered. He has acquired the necessary knowledge for it himself over the years. In the meantime, he has won many prizes in numerous photography competitions, including best European in the field of science photography at the renowned Contest Nikon Small World in 2021.

More info here!

Saturday, 29.10. 2022

Röthelstein Castle, Admont

9:30 - 11:00 - Landscape in Change - Photography as an Indicator of Landscape Change

with: Sylvia Hamberger, Lois Hechenblaikner, Dominik Schrey, Anton Holzer


Break: 11:00 to 11:30 a.m.


11:30 - 13:00 - Nature and landscape photography as a tool for public perception

with: Matthias Schickhofer, Christina Sonvilla, Lois Lammerhuber, Olaf Otto Becker


Moderation: Sonja Bettel, Ö1

Livestream / dual: Conventa, Stefan Magerl


Landscape in Change - Photography as an Indicator of Landscape Change

Never before in historical times has the world been subjected to such a fundamental change in a very short time as is currently taking place before everyone's eyes. People have long been talking about the "Anthropocene", the age in which mankind for the first time exerts an influence on the entire ecosystem of planet Earth as a major change agent. In this context, photographs and picture archives are important instruments to connect the past with the present and are at the same time a relentless testimony and mirror for all our actions and responsibilities.

Within the framework of the Biennale "Nature Photography in Dialogue" a prominent roundtable discussion on the significance of photography for the perception of landscape changes will take place on 29 October 2022 at Röthelstein Castle in Styria. Among others, the photo historian Anton Holzer, the photographer, author and curator Lois Lammerhuber, the biologist and exhibition organiser Sylvia Hamberger, the photographer and author Lois Hechenblaikner, the media cultural scientist Dominik Schrey and the nature photographer, conservationist and author Christine Sonvilla will discuss the extent to which (nature) photographs can contribute to sensitising the population and political decision-makers:inside to become more aware of the urgent issues of nature conservation and environmental protection and to take the necessary steps towards action and solutions. The event will be moderated by the well-known Ö1 journalist Sonja Bettel.

Admission is free, more information on the event, the available livestream and the supporting programme throughout the weekend at: https://nationalpark-gesaeuse.at/dialog/ 

Registration requested to info@nationalpark-fotoschule.at


To the event series:

Starting in autumn 2022, a two-day conference with a subsequent excursion will take place under the title "Nature Photography in Dialogue", to which renowned representatives from the fields of photography and nature conservation will be invited. The aim is to discuss possible synergies, new developments, but also potential points of friction and conflict in the area of tension between nature photography and nature conservation!

The knowledge of the uniqueness as well as the sensitivity of certain habitats and the behaviour and requirements of individual animal species is the prerequisite for impressive pictures - and at the same time for most photographers a mission to preserve precisely those landscapes and animal worlds!

More info here!

Sunday, 30.10. 2022

10:00 am, meeting point Hartelsgraben car park, Gesäuse National Park

Photo hike with Matthias Schickhofer


"Wild Forests" in the Gesäuse National Park

This photo hike, intended as a symbiosis of intensive dialogue and immersion in a primeval, photographically extremely appealing landscape, leads into the wildly romantic Hartelsgraben.

The person:

Growing up in the Lower Austrian Waldviertel, Matthias Schickhofer already felt the "call of the wild" in his childhood. On many forays through his native nature, he discovered hidden, wild remnants of natural forests, lonely streams with wild banks or hidden moors, which sparked his interest in wilderness. In his latest book "Wildes Waldviertel" he provides insights into the often unexpected "wilderness next door".

Professional projects and private explorations took him to Siberia, Patagonia, Peru, Scandinavia, Borneo or Pakistan, among other places. But time and again he was also drawn to wild natural landscapes nearby - in the Alps, in the Carpathians or in the south of Europe.

In his photographic works, he usually deals with the "essence" of wild places - with anarchic landscape ensembles, with the diverse, often richly outlandish forms of free nature, with the world without traces of man. He wants to approach the "wild soul" of these places and creatively convey the presence of very old communities of life, often renewed over millennia.

More info here!