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Jens Cullmann, our Photographer of the Year 2020

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Jens Cullmann

Wednesday, 25 November 2020

When Jens Cullmann was notified that he had earned the title 2020 Photographer of the Year, he contacted us to find out why his image was selected above the hundreds of other superb images that made it to the final rounds of judging, many of which gave him ‘picture envy’.

Some images not only tell a story and invoke emotion, but they also speak of the photographer’s journey to secure that particular image – the back story. In Jen’s case, he spent months in Mana Pools during the sweltering peak of the dry season, when the bushveld was particularly ravaged after an extended drought period. His day would often involve many hours of walking in the oppressive heat and waiting patiently in whatever shade was available, while nature revealed her stories. This is a time when the bushveld is not for the squeamish, as many animals are suffering and dying due to lack of water and food. Jen’s photo gallery Circle of Life gives testament to the reality of life in drought-stricken Mana Pools at the time.

In awarding Jens this title, we recognize not only the many uncomfortable hours of patience and diligence behind his winning image but also his authentic, artisanal approach to photography.

In this second gallery (here is the first), we share a few of Jen’s favourite images. In the meantime, please visit his website and follow him on Instagram, where he regularly shares his images and thoughts.

Photographer of the Year
Mana Pools, Zimbabwe ©Jens Cullmann Canon EOS-1D X Mark II┃EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM┃f/5┃1/1000┃300mm┃ISO 800
Photographer of the Year
Mana Pools, Zimbabwe ©Jens Cullmann Canon EOS-1D X Mark II┃EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM EXT┃f/5,6┃1/2000┃400mm┃ISO 500
Mana Pools, Zimbabwe ©Jens Cullmann Canon EOS-1D X Mark II┃EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM EXT┃f/6,3┃1/3200┃560mm┃ISO 640
Africa Geographic Travel
Photographer of the Year
Mana Pools, Zimbabwe ©Jens Cullmann Canon EOS-1D X Mark II┃EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM┃f/5┃1/2000┃300mm┃ISO 320
Mana Pools, Zimbabwe ©Jens Cullmann Canon EOS-1D X Mark II┃EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM┃f/2,8┃1/500┃300mm┃ISO 640
Photographer of the Year
Mana Pools, Zimbabwe ©Jens Cullmann Canon EOS-1D X Mark II┃EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM┃f/4┃1/2500┃300mm┃ISO 2000
Mana Pools, Zimbabwe ©Jens Cullmann Canon EOS-1D X Mark II┃EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM┃f/5┃1/2000┃400mm┃ISO 1250
Africa Geographic Travel
Photographer of the Year
Mana Pools, Zimbabwe ©Jens Cullmann Canon EOS-1D X Mark II┃EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM EXT┃f/5,6┃1/2000┃560mm┃ISO 400
Photographer of the Year
Mana Pools, Zimbabwe ©Jens Cullmann Canon EOS-1D X Mark II┃EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM EXT┃f/4,5┃1/125┃366mm┃ISO 3200
Mana Pools, Zimbabwe ©Jens Cullmann Canon EOS-1D X Mark II┃EF500mm f/4L IS II USM┃f/5┃1/3200┃500mm┃ISO 1250
Photographer of the Year
Mana Pools, Zimbabwe ©Jens Cullmann Canon EOS-1D X┃EF500mm f/4L IS II USM┃f/4┃1/320┃500mm┃ISO 400
Africa Geographic Travel
Photographer of the Year
Mana Pools, Zimbabwe ©Jens Cullmann Canon EOS-1D X┃EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM┃f/4┃1/320┃300mm┃ISO 2500
Photographer of the Year
Mana Pools, Zimbabwe ©Jens Cullmann Canon EOS-1D X┃EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM┃f/6,3┃1/400┃560mm┃ISO 1600
Mana Pools, Zimbabwe ©Jens Cullmann Canon EOS-1D X Mark II┃EF500mm f/4L IS II USM +1.4x III┃f7,1┃1/500┃700mm┃ISO 1000

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