Overwhelming impressions from all over Europe

Wed, Aug 22, 2018 17:19 CET

The winners of the E1 | R1 Photo Award were honored during this year´s German Hiking Day which celebrated its 118th iteration

The two European long-distance routes E1 (hiking trail) and R1 (cycle path) together are more than 11,000 kilometers long, run through 16 countries and intersect near Detmold. Finding the most beautiful motifs along these paths of superlatives - that was the objective of the E1IR1 Photo Award. The competition which comprises a professional and an amateur contest was initiated by WALK, the Competence Center for Hiking at the foot of the Arminius Monument. The award ceremony and the opening of the exhibition took place on the 15th of August in the Kreishaus (County Hall) in Detmold together with a press conference to mark Germany’s 118th National Hiking Day. Until 31 August 2018, the most beautiful motifs of the competition will be on display in the Kreishaus Detmold, after which the exhibition will move to the WALK Competence Center for Hiking.

As the patron of the E1 | R1 Photo Award, County Commissioner Axel Lehmann was thrilled regarding the active participation in the amateur competition: “We see photos from all 16 countries through which the two paths lead. This shows that we were able to reach hikers and cyclists from all over Europe.The contest has raised awareness of WALK’s successful work throughout Europe and highlighted the significance of the region to tourists including cyclists and hikers.”

“The professional contest involved the presentation of contemporary photographic scenes with a great deal of artistic importance, while the amateur award provides a snapshot of the wide variety of sights that you can experience along both long-distance trails,” explained Günter Weigel, WALK Project Manager and Chief Executive of Lippe Tourismus und Marketing GmbH during the ceremony. More than 1,400 amateur impressions and 339 professional motifs from the North Cape to Southern Italy (E1) and from Boulogne-sur-Mer via London to St. Petersburg (R1) were submitted in total. Photos came from all 16 countries through which the paths lead. The most compelling photographs from the four categories “Culture and Landscape”, “Man and Nature”, “Heaven and Earth” and “Animal and Nature” were selected by two experienced juries.

In the contest for the amateur photographers, Danilo Marabini convinced the jury. The Italian, with his motif “Lights and Shadows,” which he shot at Castelluccio in the Apennines, ultimately won in the category “Culture and Landscape,” and he was even able to secure the overall win of the Amateur Award. The title in the category “Heaven and Earth,” however, remained in the region; Thomas Ulrich from Bielefeld photographically got to the bottom of the “Myth Externsteine.” With Luca Eleuteri, another Italian remained triumphant in the category “Animal and Nature”. Eleuteri won the  jury over with his motif “Sheep”.  The title in the category „Man and Nature“ went to Lower Saxony. Dieter Mendzigall from Diekholzen won with his recording “Am Hamburger Wappen” in the Harz region.

Amateur Award: Overall winner and winner “culture and landscape”, “Lights and Shadows”, Danilo Marabini, Italy

Among the professional photographers Fabrizio Cerroni – the third Italian in the mix – won in the category “Culture and Landscape”. Cerroni submitted an impressive series from Abruzzo. 

The prize for “Animal and Nature” went to the Lübeck Sebastian Almes with his winning work shot at the Ratzeburg Lake in Schleswig-Holstein. Andreas Zierhut even scored twice: In the category “Heaven and Earth” the photographer from Darmstadt convinced the jury with a series set in the French region of Haute-de-France. He also carried out the win in the category “Man and Nature” with his motives from the Weserbergland in Lower Saxony.

Boris Micic, the President of the European Ramblers´ Association (ERA), emphasised on the European concept: “The WALK Competence Center for Hiking has successfully drawn attention to the European idea through its photo contest by attracting keen hikers from all over Europe. That is made clear by the fact that three of the winners come from Italy and shot the most spectacular scenes at the edges of the E1 European hiking trail. It is also remarkable that hikers and photographers from all the countries along the routes took part, which is an encouraging sign for those working on the contest in the coming years.“

Winner “Man and nature”, “At the Hamburger Wappen”, Dieter Mendzigall (Germany)

Winner “Animal and nature”, “Sheep”, Luca Eleuteri (Italy)

Winner “Heaven and earth”, “Mythos Externsteine”, Thomas Ulrich (Germany)

All press reports, together with photos of the winners, nominees and shortlisted entrants can also be found at: https://e1r1-photoaward.eu/presse

Images may only be published with full picture credits in the context of the E1|R1 Photo Award! 

Additional photos on request from: [email protected]

Winners, Nominees and Shortlistees for the Amateur and Pro Awards can be seen here:



About the E1|R1 Photo Award

The European Long-Distance Trail E1 from the Northern Cape (Norway) to Southern Italy, and the European Bicycle Route R1 from Boulougne-sur-Mer to St. Petersburg, via London, only cross each other once. This crossing point is in the Teutoburg Forest and is both the cause and the namesake for the international E1|R1 Photo Award – created by the WALK Competence Centre for Hiking in Detmold and supported by the German Hiking Association (DWV) and the European Ramblers’ Association (ERA). The aim is to use the art of photography to raise awareness of two of the most important routes for the many thousand hikers and cyclists in Europe. The first international photo contest called for amateur and professional photographers, in separate competitions, to submit their most beautiful and spectacular photos of the direct surroundings of both routes. The submission deadline for the photo contest expired on 15 May 2018. Amateur and professional photographers were able to submit their photos in four categories: Culture and Landscape, Man and Nature, Heaven and Earth, and Animals and Nature. Professional photographers were required to submit a series of at least three and no more than four shots, whereas for the amateur award, one shot was sufficient. More information about the international E1|R1 Photo Award, the categories and the conditions of entry can be found at www.e1r1-photoaward.eu 

About WALK

The competence centre for hiking WALK has been located at the foot of the Hermannsdenkmal monument since 2016, in the middle of one of Germany’s most important hiking regions. Supported by funds for regional development from the European Union as well as from the Ministry of Economy, Energy, Industry, Small Businesses and Trade for the North Rhine Westphalia region, WALK brings activities around the topics of hiking and cycling in the Teutoburg Forest under one roof. It is also the centre for a large scale project raising the profile in the fields of hiking and health, with five hiking routes currently certified and the Hermannshöhen trail named as one of the Top Trails of Germany. WALK promotes and supports products, services and ideas related to hiking. With this international photo competition, attention is drawn to the Teutoburg Forest region as well as hiking and cycling throughout Europe, raising public awareness of the European E1 and R1 trails, which link a total of sixteen European countries. www.walk-eu.de 

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