Germany's best nature photos of 2013 - GDT winners
A selection of the winning photographs from the annual German Nature Photographer of the Year competition
This picture of a young lion came second in the Animal Portraits category and was taken by Carsten Ott.
After pre-selection by a jury, members made their choice at the weekend from ten images in each of the seven categories: Birds, Mammals, Other Animals, Plants & Fungi, Landscapes, Nature's Studio, and this year's special category ‘Animal Portraits’ which this picture of a capercaillie bird won.
The competition has several categories, with this photo by Bernd Nill winning in the Best Bird category. It's called 'A frosty resting place.'
This picture of penguins came second in the Bird Category and was taken by Michael Lohmann.
The picture of a fox lurking in the forest was taken by Klaus Echle. It was runner-up in the Mammals category.
The photographs in this competition will be exhibited from May 23 until the end of September at the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) in Bonn, Germany.
Returning home after a day's hunting, this woodland mouse was captured by Christoph Kaula.
Eighteen-year-old Hermann Hirsch has become the youngest ever overall winner of The Society of German Nature Photographers (GDT) annual photo competition. His photo - called 'Evening Lydll' - was chosen as the winner out of 3,577 images which were entered. Hermann would spend several hours a day observing the foxes living near his home.