Polar Bear Cub at Hellabrunn Zoo

Last week I photographed the new polar bear cub at the zoo in Munich for the Turkish news agency Anadolu. There were a lot of photographers and videographers present and I had to be there in time to secure a good spot behind the glass fence at their enclosure. It's a bit tricky to photograph polar bears, since you have to shoot through pretty thick glass, so if you don't shoot at a 90 degree angle, the photos are distorted. The other challenge is their white fur, for the autofocus as well as for the exposure.

This was my fourth assignment for Anadolu. My colleague who has worked for Anadolu for the last few years gets assigned by the European Press Photo Agency (epa) frequently, now that epa and dpa separated, and whenever he works for them, he asks me to cover an event for Anadolu. According to Wikipedia, they were founded in 1920 to cover the Turkish War of Independence; but for the last few years, they have been expanding, opening offices all over the world, holding more than 80 currently.

Doha, Qatar, Jan 03-11, 2017

Currently I am in Doha, the capital city of Qatar, where I am covering the training camp of FC Bayern Munich for German news ageny dpa. I think it is very important to be open-minded and look beyond your actual assignment. Because often the pictures that will stick in your memory wont be the ones from the assignment - in this case the training activities - but the ones you take on the side, the ones that show something of the culture and the experiences you make.

After the Flood

A few weeks ago, a small river turned into a deadly stream after heavy rainfall in Simbach am Inn in Eastern Bavaria. A few days later I went there for dpa to cover the aftermath. I happened to run into two guys, Georg and Michael, who have owned a record store for almost forty years. Their house was built right next to the river and only one record, one CD and a broken frame with a photo of Jimie Hendrix had survived the flood. Strikingly, the music CD that they found in the mud, when I was there, was "Welcome to my Nightmare" by Alice Cooper. But the two men hadn't lost their joie de vivre and were just happy to have survived!

all photos © Andreas Gebert/dpa