The Photo Award Weblog

This is where blogs are posted from hikers, cyclists, fans of the outdoors, and amateur or professional photographers on all kinds of topics related to the European long distance E1 and R1 routes, photography and travel. Experienced bloggers covering many different subject areas present their guest blogs on all aspects of the E1|R1 Photo Award.

Anyone who wants to be a part of this and help make it come alive can join in and contribute his or her own stories about Europe’s first long distance routes, or about hiking and photography. Ideas are always welcome. Just send an e-mail to blog(at)

20November 2017

The R1 Euroroute in Germany

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The R1 Euroroute in Germany – From Arholzen to Zinndorf: We have put the towns and places in Germany that are along the R1 European cycling trail (Euroroute) into alphabetical order. Now you can easily find out if you’ve already cycled down a section of the R1 track without even being aware of it, have gone on a holiday or even live nearby the track. If you’ve taken any good photos in the direct vicinity of these places, then you’ve already ticked all the boxes for participation in the contest. The photos in this post were [...]

06November 2017

Hiking on E1 through Lueneburg Heath during bloom

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When the heath is in bloom – hiking on the E1 Wellness and travel blogger Tanja Klindworth just can’t get the Lüneburg Heath out of her mind. She set off through the heath on the E1 European long-distance hiking trail many a time over the Summer to catch a glimpse of the landscape, blazing in full bloom. That’s all the better for us, since we have Tanja’s perseverance and passion for discovery to thank for an absolutely stunning blog post accompanied by excellent photos: The author Hermann Löns already dedicated many lines to the Lüneburg Heath, [...]

09October 2017

10 Tips for Outdoor Photography

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10 Tips for Outdoor Photography Wildlife, pet and outdoor photographer Valentina Goeck is our go-to person when it comes to useful tips for amateur photographers. She has already shared her experience with us on the exciting themes of “Background and Location” or “Light and Weather”. Her “10 Tips for Outdoor Photography” offer some fundamental guidelines that will help you to turn snapshots into successful photo-moments. 01. Preparation With outdoor photography, things will often happen unplanned. Maybe you are trying to take a landscape photo and the sun suddenly comes out, or maybe you still have your [...]

25September 2017

Through the Abisko National Park on the E1

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Sabrina’s grand E1 dream – The Swiss blogger, Sabrina Gurtner, reports on her hiking experiences in her blog at (with an address that translates as ‘At home on the road’). Her dream is to walk the E1 long-distance hiking trail from one end to another, and, as a “thru-hiker” to do so all in one go, all the way from the North Cape in Norway to Sicily! As she gears up for this adventure, the Fjällräven Classic is an ideal preparation, and she has reported on her hike on the E1 through Abisko National Park [...]

18September 2017

The E1|R1 Blog Summit from Sven’s Perspective

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The E1|R1 Blog Summit from Sven's Perspective At the beginning of September, the first E1|R1 Blog Summit took place in Detmold. It was a great opportunity for me to get to know the beautiful region around the "Hermann" even better, to exchange ideas with travel bloggers and be on the road along the E1 and R1. You can view all Sven's photos on his website in the German language version. I was invited to the summit by the organisers of the E1|R1 Photo Awards, about which I have already written a brief note. The aim of [...]

14September 2017

Photography with the Happy Factor

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Photography with the “Happy Factor” – Thomas explores the most beautiful photo locations in the area around the Arminius Monument and the Externsteine You can find a German-language version of this blog on Thomas’s website, together with the photos that he captured. The voice of Bobby McFerrin rings out from my car radio, and I can’t help but suppress a smile. “Don’t worry, be happy,” suits my mood perfectly. Something makes me hum along with the melody and I arrive in Detmold full of anticipation. It’s just a few weeks since I was last here, when [...]