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Judith Kuhn

Judith Kuhn is a photographer and a traveler from Germany. She has received numerous MUSE Photography awards for her astonishing panoramic masterpieces.

Interview with the 2021 MUSE Photography Awards Category Winner of the Year - Judith Kuhn

1Can you introduce yourself and talk about how you got into photography?

Hello! I am Judith...

I would like to call myself an “ambitious amateur photographer”. My main focus is nature and landscape photography, but I also like to make detours to other genres.

Even as a child I used to take photos with a compact camera on every vacation, but for some reason I have only been taking photos intensively for about seven years

2Where did you study photography?

Everything I know about photography is self-educated. A few books here, some internet research there, inspiration from the works of other photographers and a lot, really a lot of trying things out has brought me to where I am today.

3Do you remember your first shot? What was it?

No, I can't remember the subject of my first shot. It was when I was about ten or twelve years old and I'm pretty sure it was during a vacation with my parents in Austria.

4What equipment do you use?

I use a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV camera with a lot of different lenses (Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM, Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM, Sigma 12-24mm f/4 DG HSM Art, Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art, Tamron 70-300mm 1:4-5.6 SP Di VC USM, Tamron SP 90mm 1:2.8 Di Macro 1:1 VC USD, Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2). I have some ND- and GND-filters (Haida) and I use a tripod of course.

One and a half years ago I bought a drone (dji Mavic 2 pro) for completely new perspectives.

5What do you hope to achieve?

It would be great if at some point I could make a living from my photography

6What compliment inspired/touched you the most?

Lots of people praise my pictures, which of course always makes me very happy, but I have not yet received a particularly creative compliment that I would have remembered.

7What inspires your unique storytelling?

My pictures are inspired by nature. Special light and weather moods, spectacular landscapes, but also the beauty of the animal world are always an incentive for me to get up at the craziest times and drag the heavy equipment around.

8What THREE (3) words describe your photography style?

atmospheric, colorful, natural

9Congratulations! As the winner of the MUSE Photography Awards, what does it mean for you and your team to receive this distinction?

It makes me happy and very proud that the jury liked my pictures so much that I not only won the Architecture - Historic category, but also received a Platinum Award, six Gold Awards and six Silver Awards.

10Can you explain a bit about the winning work you entered into the 2021 MUSE Photography Awards, and why you chose to enter this project?

In competitions that I'm entering for the first time, I put together a mix of older images (which I think are my best) and brand new ones. I only took the winning picture last winter and it fit perfectly into this category. What I like about this picture is the special lighting atmosphere that was created by light precipitation and dense, mist-like clouds. Plus the perfect reflection (which is one of my favorite motifs anyway).

11How has winning an award developed your career?

Winning an Award doesn't have a direct impact on my career at the moment, but it always encourages me to keep taking photos and taking part in competitions. Of course, it increases my awareness and my pictures are made available to a large audience, so that I also sell a picture every now and then.

12Name 1-3 photographers who have inspired you.

There are no particular photographers who have inspired me. I look at pictures on the winner lists of competitions and pictures on the relevant photo platforms and let myself be inspired by these pictures without looking at the name of the photographer. Of course you come across well-known names from time to time and so I can say that I almost always like pictures of Ales Krivec and Bence Máté, for example.

13What was the best piece of advice you were given starting out, by a mentor or your role model?

That wasn't exactly advice, but I was in Tuscany several years ago and met a few photographers there who were a little more experienced than me. I always met these photographers at certain locations to take pictures. So we all took the same pictures. Seeing what these photographers did with the same footage that I had also helped me a lot when it came to post-processing.

14What advice would you give someone who would like to become a photographer today?

Learn the basic rules so that you can break them later...

And always compare your own works with the works of others. Always analyze pictures that you like, why you like them and use the findings for your own pictures.

15What is your key to success? Any parting words of wisdom?
The key to success ... I think it is always important to analyze criticism of your own pictures: Is he the critic right or does he criticize out of ignorance or envy (maybe take a look at the critic's pictures)? Criticism can also be shown by the fact that a picture was not awarded in any of the competitions in which it took part. Honest criticism should also be taken seriously and taken into account in future recordings (or change the post-processing of the criticized image)
16How do you stay in that space of being receptive to new information and knowledge?

As already mentioned, I look at the galleries of competitions (at least those categories to which I can also contribute pictures) in order to keep myself up to date on post-processing types and locations. I also experiment a lot with new post-processing programs, presets (some of which I create myself or change predefined ones) etc.

17Which THREE (3) friends/peers would you nominate to participate in the next MUSE Photography Awards?

Rico 'Adventures of Rico' X.

Tom Putt

Albert Dros

18Which THREE (3) peers, within the photography industry, would you nominate to be a judge in the next MUSE Photography Awards? (You may include yourself within, and please include the email addresses)

I'm not a very sociable person and therefore don't have too many friends, especially not that many who take photos and take part in competitions, so only one name comes to mind: Markus van Hauten.

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Judith Kuhn

Judith Kuhn is a photographer and a traveler from Germany. She has received numerous MUSE Photography awards for her astonishing panoramic masterpieces