Sandra Bartocha (1980) is a German freelance photographer and author specialising in natural landscapes, forests and plants as well as abstract work, with the specific aim of creating images that evoke an emotional response. The beauty of nature and natural light is a great source of inspiration to Sandra. She tries to photograph nature in an artistic way rather than trying to document it, focusing on details, light, colours and moods and using creative camera techniques to capture the beauty of a scene in the best way.
Sandra is vice president of the Society of German Nature Photographers (GDT) and is chief editor of the magazine GDT Forum Naturfotografie. Her pictures have been published in European magazines, several coffee table and how-to books, as well as calendars. She travelled all over Europe to show her audiovisual presentations Rhythm of Nature & LYS and has presented her more artistic work in numerous exhibitions. Her images have received prizes in numerous international competitions – including the International Photography Awards, European Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Asferico, Biophoto and the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, and 2016.
She was one of the photographic team on the pan-European Wild Wonders of Europe initiative and has been working on a long-term project about the north of Europe – LYS. As a result she produced a 45min audiovisual show as well as a large coffee table book LYS – An Intimate Journey to the North. Recent projects include regional work in northern Germany as well as a new long-term project about tree species.