Online-Photocontest »heartbeat of nature« 2016

Dreams come true. This is what it looks like: a new e-bike, a new camera, a new printer, a new beamer and numerous other valuable prizes to win. The chances of landing on the winning list are particularly good this time.
Now it's your turn to join in!

1st place

Velotraum pedelec electric bike
3 nights accommodation for two people at the Hostel Haus 54 for the 2017 »horizons zingst« Environmental Photo Festival
2016 »heartbeat of nature« CEWE photo book

What makes a good bicycle? The answer is quite simple: a good bicycle should be able to adapt its functionality and size to the needs of each individual. What a wonderfully simple formula! However, it only describes the outcome, not how to get there. The 2016 »heartbeat of nature« online photo competition offers the winner of the first place a perfect bicycle in which all the factors of body, technology, applicability, dreams and emotions are taken into consideration. Velotraum is the partner that is able to realize this special bicycle. The Pedelec, with its dynamic, electric-power motor, is the ideal form of transport for an environmentally-aware photographer. The full value of the prize is over €4,000.

2nd place

Olympus high-end systems camera: E-M5 Mark II
Eddycam camera strap
3 nights accommodation for two people at the Hostel Haus 54 for the 2017 »horizons zingst« Environmental Photo Festival
2016 »heartbeat of nature« CEWE photo book

For a start, the best image stabilisation in the world to take clear photos and videos without a tripod, even in low lighting conditions. From vertical and horizontal angle rotation to vertical and horizontal shifting and rolling movements, the integrated, 5-axle VCM IS compensates any blurriness. It also delivers a sharp picture in the viewfinder for stable image selection. With the E-M5 Mark II, you have a tried and true, portable system. It only weighs 417 grammes and the construction is of unequalled quality. It is dust, frost and spray water proof, so weather conditions will in no way impede your creative shots or videos. With the OM-D and its compact size, you can easily be right in the heart of things.

3rd Place

EPSON SURECOLOR SC-P800 – For an even more professional printing quality
3 nights accommodation for two people at the Hostel Haus 54 for the 2017 »horizons zingst« Environmental Photo Festival
2016 »heartbeat of nature« CEWE photo book

The doorway to a new generation of professional photo printers is opened by the Epson SureColor SC-P800. With this high-quality and multi-functional printer you will have more flexibility than ever to expand your creative possibilities. The SureColor SC-P800's slim and elegant design sets new standard for DIN A2+ photo printers and completes your work station. The SureColor SC-P800 is the perfect tool for professional printing.

4th Place

Olympus E-M1: the whole packet in compact format
Ticket for the 2017 »fit for future« Photo Convention

The E-M1 gives you the freedom to photograph exactly what you want with the kind of picture quality you expect. Based on the Micro Four Thirds standard with optimised Live MOS sensor, TruePic VII image processor, the new DUAL FAST AF and expanded WiFi control from your smart phone, it is the most advanced of compact systems cameras. Equipped with such features, it guarantees top performance and outstanding picture quality. And all that with a perfectly dimensioned casing.

5th Place

Sigma Art – lens
Ticket for the 2017 »fit for future« Photo Convention

An unequalled, impressive lens for the artist in you, the SIGMA Art range of products stands for demanding, optical performance and is specially suited to artistic expression. The lenses in this collection were developed especially for users who appreciate a creative, dramatic result as much as compactness and diversity. With an amazing picture performance that meets the highest standards, these lenses are perfect for landscapes, portraits, still-lifes, close-ups and snap shots, as well as for the type of photography that awakens the artist in you.

6th Place

Olympus E-M10 Mark II – compact and light, classic design
Ticket for the 2017 »fit for future« Photo Convention

The E-M10 Mark II – compact, light and with uncompromising ergonomic design – has a demanding style and is the perfect companion wherever you go. Despite its solid, high quality metal casing, the E-M10 Mark II weighs only 390 grammes, so it doesn't represent any kind of burden when you're out and about. With a beautiful, classic design, the latest top technology ensures the best possible pictures.

7th Place

Ticket for the 2017 »fit for future« Photo Convention
»Fine-Art Printing« photo workshop during the 2017 »fit for future« convention

With the EPSON SURECOLOR SC-P600 you will get into DIN A3+ photo printing in professional quality very quickly. The SureColor SC-P600 combines outstanding picture quality with high speed printing and numerous mobile printing functions, in a cost-efficient and user friendly product. With the 9-colour UltraChrome HD ink set with Vivid Magenta you will be able to reproduce the best colour range and the highest black density. This model delivers high-quality prints in sizes up to DIN A3+, including panorama shots, and offers exceptional connection possibilities for printing wirelessly, such as from smart phones, tablet PCs and PCs directly to the printer. Both Apple AirPrint1 and Google Cloud Print are also supported.

8th Place

EIZO – colour fidelity graphic monitor for beginners and professionals
Ticket for the Autumn 2017 Zingst Wildlife Week

Whether you just want to process your holiday photos or you're a professional preparing prints, a normal office monitor can only help you so far. The ColorEdge models by EIZO on the other hand, have been especially developed to be used for photo, design and media. With their dependable colour reproduction, they easily fulfil the high expectations of anyone working with photos, film or graphics. In addition to the outstanding picture quality, the ColorEdge-LCDs come with many practical functions as well as professional software, which, in effect, makes the workflow easier. Explore the world of EIZO Color Management Monitors, and find the model that best suits your particular requirements.

9th Place

EPSON EB-U04 Projector
Ticket for the Autumn 2017 Zingst Wildlife Week

The new Epson EB-U04 includes the latest developments to ensure that you can enjoy full HD quality whether relaxing at home or giving a professional presentation. Its user-friendly functions and mobile design make this project the perfect addition for any situation. Whether watching films, looking at family photos or making an important presentation, the Epson EB-U04 has a flexibility that will impress your friends, family and colleagues.

10th Place

2 x SilverFast Archive Suite 8
Ticket for the Autumn 2017 Zingst Wildlife Week

11th Place

2 tickets for a concert within the framework of the Mecklenburg-West Pomerania Festival at Schloss Ulrichshusen, and two nights accommodation for two people in a double room

With around 120 concerts, the Mecklenburg-West Pomerania Festival draws people from far and wide. The atmosphere and concerts held at Schloss Ulrichshusen, the founding location of Germany's third largest classical festival, are particularly impressive. The Mecklenburg-West Pomerania Festival is also present for fans with its Winter Advent concerts! Excellent musicians bring in the Christmas spirit. The winner of this prize has up until 9/29/2016 to choose his/her preferred concert, and to enjoy a very special musical highlight.

12th Place

Leica Trinovid BCA 8x20

Leica TRINOVID BCA MODEL – the perfect companion for the demanding observer. Since their introduction in 1983 up until today, the Trinovid 8x20 BCA and 10x25 BCA models have received repeated recognition for their outstanding quality. They are classics among compact binoculars, thanks to their robust, dependable and functional construction. Their first-class Leica optics and innovative HDC® multi coating ensure absolute colour fidelity and high contrast – even under tough conditions. The Leica Trinovid 20 BCA offers 8 x enlargement.

13th Place

ZEISS TERRA Pocket 8 x 25 binoculars

Are you ready for a real adventure? We are – and we're offering you our support with the new TERRA ED Pocket by ZEISS. Able to function at temperatures between -20 and +63°C and with a waterproof casing, these outdoor binoculars are a dependable companion even under extreme conditions. The ZEISS TERRA ED Pocket 8x25 has 8x amplification and, thanks to gentle, precise focussing, offers functional handling in any situation. Because of its foldable design and light, 310g weight, the ZEISS TERRA ED Pocket is extremely compact and easy to transport. The outdoor binoculars for those who like to keep things light while enjoying a good overview.

14th Place


Manfrotto offers a wide range of photo kits, presenting an optimal combination of tripod and tripod heads. Competence, quality and the pursuit of constant innovation makes these products the perfect solution for all photographers and film makers, who are looking for the perfect kit for their work.

15th Place

LoewePro Photo Sport BP 300 AW II in blue

Two passions, one bag. With this latest generation design, you can be out and about quickly and with little weight. Your passion for photography and outdoor adventure demands lightweight protection, active comfort and quick access to your equipment. The Photo Sport combines your passion with a high performance rucksack.
Protect your camera when you're hiking, cycling, climbing, snowboarding or running. The innovative UltraCinch camera compartment can be compressed from outside, thus fixing the equipment when you are in movement. The ActivZone™ strap system offers active photographers specific comfort, and with the all weather AW Cover™, your valuable equipment will be protected from the elements.

16th Place

Travel and ticket for the 2017 »fit for future« Photo Convention

With the »fit for future« Photo Convention, Zingst has created an innovative forum. The event is directed at future issues for young and committed photographers, who want to develop and are always in search of new, creative ideas. Experiential Photography Zingst is now running this event for the third time. The latest technology will be used in an innovative manner. Within the photo convention programme, excellent instructors will offer solutions and encouragement. Additional training serves to turn technical and creatively original ideas into reality. »fit for future« is a time for encounters and discussions, the beginning of an eventful and entertaining season in Zingst.

17th Place


This ultra-mobile SUNBOUNCE-CLASSIC 3-D SUN-BOUNCER has an aspect ratio of 4:3.<br />The three dimensional frame construction is unbeatable. Strong and manoeuvrable handles are part of the unique construction. The kit will be supplied in the ZEBRA Gold/Silver variation, which produces a lightly warm, healthy skin tone, also when it's cloudy. ZEBRA is the workhorse for more than 50% of all applications in sunny and shady conditions. The ZEBRA material is defined by an even zigzag structure. The parallel-running zigzag stripes are made 50% of golden and 50% silver surface, which reflect with equal strength and create an approx. 400 kelvin warmer reflection.

18th Place

Cokin NUANCES Filter by HapaTeam
1x Cokin Nuance NDP32 │ 1x Cokin Nuance NDP256 │ 1x halter │ 1x ring in the
appropriate size

With the new NUANCES neutral density, mineral glass filters, Cokin is introducing the most innovative development into the filters markets. Cokin has developed a new coating process that ensures perfect, even colouring. The NUANCES Filter series by Cokin is directed, in particular, to friends of landscape photography, who want to realize long exposures with the help of a high-quality ND filter. In addition the NUANCES filters allow for the reduction of the depth of field in bright light situations, in particular in the fields of portrait photography and videography. The »strongest« neutral density filter of the NUANCES filter series, the ND1024, allows a 10 f-stop reduction. It literally captures the light before it hits the sensor, to create exciting effects without colour cast.

19th Place

EDDYCAM – the camera strap made of elk leather

EDDYCAM is the first and only ergonomic camera strap made from elk leather. It was developed by Edlef Wienen, an enthusiastic photographer and insider in the field, with decades of experience and a real passion for aesthetics and nature. Made for people with the highest demands concerning quality, functionality and comfort of their camera straps, its ergonomic design, the use of Scandinavian elk leather, and its complex production process by a small, German manufacturer, make the EDDYCAM particularly comfy but also extremely tough – just great!

20th Place

Rheinwerk Publishers voucher

Books, e-books, training videos for digital photography.

Places 21 – 50

Tickets for »photokina – world of imaging«

You've got to be there. Every two years, the world of photography looks towards Cologne, to the photokina world trade fair, subtitled »world of imaging«. There is nowhere else that you can see such a seamless presentation of »state of the art« photographic technology and creativity. Cologne is always worth a visit, and all the more so because the internet makes developments so exciting. The »photokina – world of imaging« world trade fair offers photography »live« and in all areas.

Place 1 – 100

Publication in the 2016 »heartbeat of nature« catalogue

That's something to be proud of. The competition catalogue is the analogue balance sheet of the prize-worthy pictures. A wonderfully-designed photo book with collector's item quality, making it a felicitous finale for a successful online competition. 100 of the best pictures – which will be presented in a comprehensive exhibition – will be found in this publication, representing something of a compact documentation of the current state of nature photography.