Honey bee (Apis mellifera)For the last ten years on every first weekend in June GEO initiates a so called „GEO-Day of Biodiversity“. Around one hundred biologists, specialised in different groups of plants and animals, gather under a predefined heading to find as many species as possible in an according area. At the end of the day the species are counted and a list with all findings is set up to be published in a special brochure that comes with the GEO magazine. Solvin Zankl has been the main photographer to document the nature in an area of sustainable agriculture in Germany. For this assignment he modified a wide-angle lens, so that he could show small animals in their natural habitat (macro-wide-angle). With this equipment the whole intention of the picture can be changed by moving the camera just a bit. Solvin thus often took up to 100 pictures of a single subject to achieve the ultimate perspective.


The “german award for science photography 2008”, first price for the picture story on biodiversity in an area of sustainable agriculture. The story was produced on assignment for GEO.

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