Honorable Mention TOKYO-2020 Nature / Wildlife


  • Photographer
    Henrik Spranz
  • Technical Info
    Canon 5d Mk Iv + Sigma 180/2.8 Macro

A series of photographs showing mantids [Ameles spec.] in an autumnal bokeh - showing them lurking for their first meal of the day. The photographs haven't been processed much - just basic RAW development. The bokeh originates from using a wide open aperture and light conditions.

Nick Smith for Outdoor Photography magazine: "There's something magical about Henrik Spranz's photography. Although deeply rooted in the hyper-real world of natural history and landscape, his work bears none of the hallmarks of scientific illustration or even animal portraiture. His world is a dream-like state of whimsical and wispy perfection, pastel colours and cheeky woodland creatures. In fact, it's fair to say that the Spranz portfolio has more in common with Grimm's Fairy Tales, Hans Christian Andersen or even the early animated children's movies by Walt Disney..."