John Lauritsen
A cockchafer on top of the world at Lystrup in Aarhus. The cockchafer belongs especially to deciduous forests, and the unique insect lives in the ground for three whole years before it pupates. The adult cockchafer therefore usually only appears in its fourth year. Photographer: John Lauritzen ©

Our wild wonderful nature

10 OCTOBER 2020  8 NOVEMBER 2020

Exhibition in THE botanical garden

27 winning photos - three from each of Danish Broadcasting Corporation's nine districts - have been selected from the photo competition 'Show us our nature', where more than 23,000 photos were submitted from all over the country. An outdoor exhibition now opens in the Botanical Garden, where you can see the winning photos in the most beautiful surroundings in the historical garden.

En fortryllende solopgang ved Lille Vildmose

An enchanting sunrise at Lille Vildmose. The photo was taken from the fire lookout tower beyond the raised bog. Photographer: Helle Fogh Andersen ©

Just before Easter, the big national photo competition, 'Show us our nature', was launched. The goal was to encourage the Danes to take pictures of nature and, in that way, inspire others to have more experiences in nature. Meanwhile, the first wave of the coronavirus raged across the country, so the Danes were naturally drawn to nature and the outdoor experiences.

Not surprisingly, there were more than 23,000 photos submitted to the competition when it ended in September 2020.

Thus it was not an easy task for the jury, who has selected the 27 winning photos that collectively show all of the wild, beautiful and surprising experiences of nature and natural phenomena that Denmark has to offer.

All of the winning photos will be displayed in the outdoor exhibition 'Our wild wonderful nature' in the Botanical Garden's beautiful autumn surroundings from 10 October to 8 November 2020.

It is the nationwide partnership ‘Our Nature’, consisting of DR, the Outdoor Council, the Natural History Museums and the Danish Nature Agency in collaboration with the Libraries, which is behind the photo competition.

Mads Hagen

The cormorant is a common breeding bird in Denmark. There are more than 40 cormorant colonies in Denmark. The largest at Tofte Lake in North Jutland, where there are more than 4,000 nests. Since the cormorant was listed as protected in 1980, it has been thriving throughout Europe. The cormorant pictured here is caught in a close-up in Nykøbing Falster. Photographer: Mads Hagen ©

Jonas Legarth

On the island of Langeland, the Danish Nature Agency has released a large herd of Exmoor ponies. The approximately 130 centimeter tall and muscular pony is genetically very close to the original, European wild horse. The ponies are used to care for nature. Because they eat some of the plants, it makes room for other plants - and animals. Plus their horse droppings are an excellent fertilizer. The picture shows a herd of ponies at full speed through a waterhole on Langeland's southern tip, Dovns Klint. Photographer: Jonas Legarth ©

Carsten Thamdrup Lund

A young bearded tit at the top of some reeds on the lakeside at the mouth of the Pøleå river in Arresø in North Zealand. The bird jumped around with five or six other young birds. The bearded tit migrated to Denmark from south during the 1960s, and is doing very well despite the fact that it has difficulty withstanding severe frost. Photographer: Carsten Thamdrup Lund ©


Natural History Museum of Denmark
Botanical Garden
Gothersgade 128
DK-1123 København K

Admission to the exhibition

There is free admission to the exhibition in the Botanical Garden.

You can find the exhibition at the end of the garden's perennial district. See map.