Henrik Spranz – born in Germany – is an award winning amateur photographer living in Austria. He specialises in nature photography where macro and wildlife stands out as a topic, finding his own style which has been called fairytale-like by the press.
His images have been featured in many German and UK photo magazines and won several awards or honourable mentions in international competitions like OPOTY, IGPOTY, SWPA, Trierenberg Super Circuit, IPOTY, ND Awards and some more.
Awards, Publications & Exhibitions
PSA Gold Medal NARAVA 2021 category NATURE
winner yearly fotoforum-Award 2021
1st place fotoforum-Award 2/2021 category animals/insects
honorable mention in the Nature / Wildlife category at the Tokyo Foto Awards 2020
honorable mention in the Fine Art / Landscape category at the Tokyo Foto Awards 2020
3rd place in the PLANTS & FUNGI category at the CUPOTY awards
2nd place in the yearly photo competition (2020) of Digitalphoto Magazin
bronze award in the macro category at the ND Awards 2020
honor award in the category 'Mammals' at Montphoto 2020
silver award in the category 'Nature / Wildlife' in TIFA competition 2019
2nd place in the category 'Wildlife in the Garden' in IGPOTY competition 2019
3rd place in the category 'Nature: Macro' at the ND Awards 2019
3rd place in the category 'Nature: Flowers' at the ND Awards 2019
1st place fotoforum-Award 3/2019 category landscapes/seasons
2nd place fotoforum-Award 2/2019 category animals/other animals
3rd place in the category 'Wildlife in the Garden' in IGPOTY competition 2018
highly commended and in the category 'Wildlife in the Garden' in IGPOTY competition 2018
winner Photographer of the Year 2018 National Geographic Germany
Trierenberg Super Circuit 2018: gold medal in special theme 'Red'
Urban wildlife is getting more important and more omnipresent every day.
The reasons for wildlife to seek the cities for refuge are many - European hamsters fled the monoculture agriculture and even being hunted for their furs. Many animals are also cultural followers.
You can find roe deer and wild hamsters on cemeteries, red foxes on construction sites and in the streets, rabbits on rail tracks and much more in a city like Vienna.
Filling the negative space around the main subject with an abstract version of its habitat is the main aspect in this kind of photography to increase nature's delicacy and fragility, but also its beauty. This bokeh version of habitat is achieved through camera techniques and the use of natural light. Nothing has been retouched in these photos (except sensor spots) - no parts have been removed or added or altered besides a standard post-processing.
In this collection, you can find some unpublished work and some placed photos in international photo competitions like IGPOTY, APOY and others.
After 6 photos of the 1st batch are collected, the second batch with another 8 photos will be dropped.
After 6 photos of the 2nd batch are collected, the third batch with the last 8 photos will be dropped.
A series showing trees in forests using different in-camera techniques in a search for something other than the obvious – a feeling, a vibe, a soul. The use of multiple exposures, external flash, and intentional camera movement and the accompanying abstraction using these techniques allows the viewer to see beyond the mass of trees and to extract what's concealed beneath.
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