Competition categories and awards
The productions submitted in the categories shown here are reviewed by a selection panel and the best ones are nominated.
German Conservation and Sustainability Film Award
This award goes to the film that promotes sustainable handling of our environment in a memorable and outstanding way, presents ecological relationships in a way that we can understand, and is considered to be the best self-contained complete work.
Prize money: €10,000 | Sponsored by the Ministry of the Environment, Climate Protection and Energy Sector Baden-Württemberg.
German Wildlife Film Award
This award goes to the film chosen by the jury as the best self-contained complete work on nature and wildlife themes.
German Biodiversity Film Award
This award goes to the film that highlights the issue of biodiversity most impressively and intelligibly.
Prize money: €10,000 | Sponsored by HAHN+KOLB Werkzeuge GmbH
NaturVision Special Prize "The City and the Sea"
This special award recognises outstanding productions that deal with our oceans: It is open both to films that showcase the fascinating beauty of our oceans, and to those that critically examine the threats to the oceans, the Arctic or the Antarctic and bring home to the audience the effects of our lifestyles on these complex, vulnerable habitats.
Prize money: €10,000 | Sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research to mark the Science Year 2016*17 Seas and Oceans.
NaturVision Camera Award
This award goes to the film in which the camera work contributes most uniquely to the artistic and aesthetic quality of the film.
NaturVision Best Story Award
This award goes to the film with the most exceptional narrative perspective and unconventional dramatisation.
NaturVision Film Music Award
This award goes to the film whose specially composed score stands out most impressively through its dramatic and emotive arrangement.
NaturVision Bavarian Film Award
This award honours the best Bavarian competition entry – either a Bavarian production or a film made by a Bavarian filmmaker or exploring a genuine Bavarian theme.
Prize money: €3,000 | Sponsored by FilmFersehFonds Bayern and will be presented at the NaturVision Bavarian Forest Film Days.
NaturVision Children’s Film Award
This award goes to the film that best introduces children to the complex relationship between nature and the environment and raises their awareness of the issues.
NaturVision Newcomer Award
This award goes to a newcomer whose work is considered especially innovative and convincing. Films of any length or genre are considered. The award is aimed at students/trainees in media professions, or graduates/career-changers during their first two productions.
Prize money: €1,000 | Sponsored by dieUmweltdruckerei
NaturVision Youth Jury Award
A jury of youngsters select their favourite film from those nominated in the competition.
Prize money: €2,000 | Sponsored by the Ministry of the Environment, Climate Protection and Energy Sector Baden-Württemberg
NaturVision Audience Award
All visitors to the Festival have the opportunity to vote for their favourite film from the competition programme.
NaturVision Honorary Award
This award goes to a person or organisation that has made a significant contribution – normally in the media – to the subject area people/nature/environment/conservation over a long period.
The award is not given regularly and cannot be applied for.