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Bundespreissieger Berufsfotografie 2023


Berufsfotografie 2023


On the trail of the black grouse during the mating season. These workshops are offered either as individual workshops or with a maximum of 2 participants, as we do not want to unduly disturb the habitat of the sensitive black grouse and give the animals the necessary respect and peace. This area is then off-limits to all participants and may no longer be entered alone.

I will announce the dates for 2025 in good time and there will only be a few dates.

We have to be near the mating ground the evening before and the meeting point will be announced shortly before the date.

The walk to the mating site will be in the dark and usually around 03.00 in the morning and we will use a camouflage cover for undisturbed observation.
Depending on the area, we have a hike of 0.5-1 hour ahead of us. Depending on the snow conditions, it may be longer, as the mating grounds are at 1700-1800 metres above sea level
The tour usually takes place from the beginning of April to the end of May. At this time of year there can still be a lot of snow, but it can also be very warm and snow-free. Depending on the weather situation, clothing must be selected accordingly.

Warm and good hiking boots are essential and I recommend wearing many layers of clothing (onion look).nd at this time we must already be invisible to the roosters.
At the beginning of May, the black grouse is at the peak of its mating season and the chances of getting good pictures are very, very high.

It means getting up early, we have to be ready in our cover or tent at the mating site by 4.00 am. The first black grouse sometimes arrive at the mating site after 4.00 a.m. and by this time we have to be invisible to them.
At the beginning of May, the black grouse is at the peak of its mating season and the chances of getting good pictures are very, very high.

You will be provided with the best information about the black grouse and will also be in the best hands photographically.

Afterwards we will analyse some pictures from our tour and view them on the PC. Tips and tricks from Manfred Hesch.

The aim is to have a wonderful day in nature, to see the capercaillie and the hens and, if possible, to return home with good pictures.

The workshops take place every year from around mid-April to the end of May. Depending on the weather and mating behaviour, this may be slightly earlier or later each year.
Bookings and registrations for 2025 are possible.

Bookings are welcome for 2025!


Walk of approx. 30 min - 1.0 h from 03.00 a.m. to the mating site (depending on the mating area)
Morning approach approx. from 04.00 - 08.00 hrs
Afterwards return march and analysis of the pictures

Target group:

Beginners / Advanced

Number of participants:

max. 2 participants
Participation fee € 450,00 / person (additional costs not included - see below)

Recommended equipment:

  • Own SLR camera or system camera, telephoto lens from 100-500mm for full-frame camera, telephoto lens 100-300mm for MFT camera and telephoto lens 100-500mm for APSC camera

  • Enough memory cards and full batteries, spare battery

  • Lightweight tripod with gimbal

  • Camouflage cover

  • A water bottle and food for the morning. The huts are usually not yet open. Possibly a thermos flask if there is still snow and the temperatures are low.

  • Warm and waterproof footwear, gloves and warm winter clothing (in several layers - so-called onion look)

  • Hiking poles and possibly snowshoes (depending on the weather)

  • Rain jacket

  • Rain cover for camera and lens


Not included in the participation fee is:

Possible accommodation costs
Cable car fees if necessary

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