Publications and Awards


March 2017

Together with today's 24 March 2017 release of the new Seasurfer album, named Under the Milkyway...Who Cares it is with my pleasure to also release the cover image of this album In Heaven who cares about Dreams, showing the majestic southern hemisphere Milky Way over the unearthly Western Australian pinnacles in Nambung. The inner cover of the album shows The Dawn of the Nightglory, with the Milky Way over the Alps highest peak, Mt. Blanc, mirroring in beautiful Lac de Cheserys.

Fine-art prints of these images are available in any size and finish.
How to order? Please send your choice via e-mail or through the contact form. Thank you so much for your support.





You can listen to the album here.

More information can be found on the Seasurfer Facebook page.

It is a great honor having my images beautifying this album and I love to thank Dirk Knight and the entire Seasurfer team for being part of this great piece of artwork. I love this dreamy wall of sound that you guys created and it provides me with unlimited energy proceeding my photographic dream! Thank you!



February 2017

Two starscape Lichtjahre images adorn the cover of the new album from Hamburg based noise-pop and dream-punk band Seasurfer. The album is called Under the Milkyway...Who Cares and will be released on 24 March 2017 on CD and vinyl on Saint Marie Records. The vinyl will come with a gatefold cover ... the moment of the opening up will be a great one! More information can be found on the Seasurfer Facebook page.

The images used are The Dawn of the Nightglory, showing the Milky Way over the Alps highest peak, Mt. Blanc, and the yet unreleased 180° Southern Milky Way arc of the unearthly Australian pinnacles of Nambung, called "In heaven, who cares about dreams". This new image will be displayed here on 24 March, together with the release of the new album.



Listen to the new Seasurfer single "If you leave".



I thank Dirk Knight, mastermind behind Seasurfer, for all the inspirational conversations, great music and friendship. I would also like to thank Julia Beyer, who is also singer of my beloved German dreampop band Chandeen, for adding that angelic touch to Dirks amazing noise!



January 2017

The latest issue 48 of the Extraordinary Vision Outdoor Photography Magazine by Angelo Ioanides features the article "Between a Rock and a Light Place" on my photographic Lichtjahre work including a portfolio of my favorite images. The cover of this issue shows my image "The Spirit of Iceland".



The article and the magazine can be downloaded here for free including the next two new issues and 10 back issues by taking up a free 30 day trial subscription.

Get the app for Apple or for Android here.

I cordially thank Angelo Ioanides for making this possible and for the joyful time of editing the article together.



December 2016
For the third consecutive year, the Russian Art Center in St. Petersburg is displaying Lichtjahre images during the International Photofestival exhibition "100 wonders of the world".




The following five images were chosen by the curators for the 2017 exhibition:

Ghost Coast (new and yet unreleased image)
Immortal Splendour (new and yet unreleased image)
The Black Sun
The Wave
Starscape

During January 2017 the International Photofestival 100 Wonders of the World exhibition was visited by more than 8000 people. After St. Petersburg exhibition will be held in the city of Ulyanovsk, Bryansk, Petrozavodsk and Syktyvkar. The aim of this exhibition is to raise awareness for science, art and education. As this goal coincides with the aim of the LichtJahre project I am glad and honored to support this effort again this year. The exhibition is sponsored by National Geographic and GEO.

Many thanks to Natasha Trusova and Angelina Ruban, curators of the International Photofestival "100 wonders of the world", for making this possible.









June 2016
Geonova, the Norway based geoscientist community, created to share information and knowledge about geoscience published an article about my climate research project OceanRAIN - Increasing our knowledge about oceanic precipitation.

"The geoscientist and photographer Dr. Christian Klepp from the University of Hamburg introduces OceanRAIN, an international research project based in Hamburg, Germany. The project aims at measuring high-quality rain and snowfall data onboard research vessels on the global oceans."



The value of OceanRAIN for the science community:

Precipitation, falling over the global oceans as rain, snow and mixed-phase, is among the most important climate variables and a key player in the global water cycle. However, precipitation is notoriously difficult to measure. To obtain precipitation maps with global coverage several times a day, only satellites can be used. However, satellites do not measure precipitation but a radiation field that has to be converted into precipitation using algorithms. Thus, the results depend on the algorithm applied. The differing precipitation estimates produced by several international research centers call for independent surface data for validation. This is where OceanRAIN comes into play being to date the only systematic long-term shipboard precipitation data collection effort. OceanRAIN utilizes a unique measurement system: an optical disdrometer that is specifically designed to measure onboard of ships under all weather conditions. Supplying the research community with this instrumentation and data set, OceanRAIN contributes to:

> improve the understanding of microphysical properties of precipitation,
> increase the knowledge of precipitation statistics,
> validate satellite and model precipitation products,
> analyze the errors in the satellite algorithms,
> calibrate shipborne and spaceborne precipitation radars.

Read the OceanRAIN article here

Many thanks to Hans Gebauer from geonova.no for making this possible.



December 2015
The Russian Art Center in St. Petersburg features 3 LichtJahre images Dreamscape Moments of Eternity Stellar Cascade until 28 February 2016 as part of the 100 Wonders of the World exhibition. From March 2016 onward the exibition is travelling to Kaluga, Stavropol, Ulan-Ude, Irkutsk and many other cities throughout Russia. The aim of this exhibition is to raise awareness for science, art and education. As this goal coincides with the aim of the LichtJahre project I am glad and honored to support this effort. The exhibition is sponsored by National Geographic and GEO.

Many thanks to Veronica Smirnova, curator of the International Photofestival "100 wonders of the world", for making this possible.




June 2014
The Dutch magazine Salt used the image Anywhere out of this World.



April 2014
The National Geographics book Stunning Photographs contains the image The Crystal Grotto.
Many thanks to National Geographic photographer Annie Griffiths and Meredith Wilcox from National Geographic Books for making this happen.





December 2013
The German kids magazine Junior used the image The Crystal Grotto to explain the world of glaciers to kids.
I would like to thank Andrea Burgstaller from Junior Medien for making this possible.



July 2013
The Austrian supermarket chain Billa produced a sticker book for kids on the wonders of Earth and used the image The Crystal Grotto.




February 2013
The Globetrotter portal 4-seasons is featuring a Lichtjahre interview with Christian Klepp
including an online gallery of 20 Lichtjahre photographies and a Globetrotter iPad-App.
I want to thank Philip Baues for the nice interview questions and all his work!




The image Heart Reef is a 'Top-Down Perspective' winner of the 2012 María Luisa Memorial Photo contest.
More than 16000 photographs were submitted by 1600 competitors from 54 different countries.



January 2013
Christian Klepp is among the winners of the Global Arctic Awards 2012 international photography competition of Northern and Arctic pictures.
Photographers from 12 countries showed the magical world of the Arctic. Image Crystal Grotto won the PSA Nature of the North Bronze Medal and Beached Jewels won the FIAP Nature special medal.



The Xposure Issue 14 of Photography Week magazine features the Icelandic icescape image Nature's Artwork.
Thanks to Samantha Cliffe for the nice communication!



December 2012
The Russian Art Center in St. Petersburg features the image Entering the Enchanted Realm as part of the
100 Wonders of the World exhibition that is travelling throughout all major cities in Russia during 2013. The aim of this exhibition is to raise awareness for science, art and education.
As this goal coincides with the aim of the Lichtjahre project I was more than happy on agreeing to display my image. The exhibition is sponsored by National Geographic and GEO.
I would like to thank Alexandra Polishchuk, Deputy Director of showroom ART-Center from St. Petersburg, for making this possible.



July 2012
The image The Valley of the Ten Peaks is displayed in the July edition of the Natur Foto magazine.



May 2012
The May issue 3-2012 of the German photo magazine Fotocommunity Plus features a three pages interview with five images of LichtJahre. The interview can be read as a pdf file. The magazine is available in kiosks and bookshops throughout Germany, Austria and Switzerland.





Two LichtJahre images Entering the Enchanted Realm and Valley of the Ten Peaks were awarded during the Glanzlichter 2012 awards ceremony at the 14th International Fürstenfelder Nature Photo Days at Fürstenfeldbruck, near Munich, Germany on 18 May 2012.





April 2012
Two LichtJahre photographies Entering the Enchanted Realm and Valley of the Ten Peaks win in the international nature photo contest Glanzlichter 2012 out of 16.000 entries from 32 countries.





These two images are part of the Glanzlichter 2012 book that can be ordered through the Glanzlichter webpage by 25th May 2012.

March 2012

The Memorial Maria Luisa 2011 photo competition awarded Christian Klepp with two diploma.



February 2012
The image Stellar Sunshine is the 'Mountain Landscape' category winner of the 2011 María Luisa Memorial Photo contest. Additionally Beached Jewels is highlighted in the 'Natural Landscape' category. More than 16000 photographs were submitted by 1600 competitors from 54 different countries.



January 2012
The image Arctic Gate won in the Al Thani Award 2011 photo competition and is part of the limited edition book Masters of Photography 2011.



December 2011
The Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg, Germany, uses three LichtJahre images in their 2020 VISION strategic plan that formulates the scientific goals and challenges that guide their future research.



June 2011
30 out of 32 LightYears images were accepted in 8 categories at the international Trierenberg Super Circuit 2011 photography competition. Three out of these images were awarded with the PSA-Gold Medal Best of Show in the category landscape, the Gold Medal of Excellence and the VÖAV Bronze Medal within Salon 3.



These LightYears images will be part of the Trierenberg Super Circuit book which will be published within the next months. The book displays the world's top photography in 2011 featuring more than 1000 images from a broad variety of categories.



May 2011
Book release: 44 selected highlights of the LichtJahre photography are now available as a coffee table book!
All information can be found on the book page
Please note that the book is currently available in German language only. The English version will be available soon.

April 2011
Three LichtJahre images Lovelier in Black, Evanescence and Crystal Beach won the international nature photo contest Glanzlichter 2011 out of 15.000 submissions from 33 countries.



These three images are part of the Glanzlichter 2011 book, that can be ordered through the Glanzlichter webpage by 23rd May 2011.



January 2011
The ePaper of the VIEW Fotocommunity View Spotlight highlights the LightYears photography in the January 2011 issue with an interview of Christian Klepp including 18 images.



August 2010
Two LightYears images Tradewinds and Costa del Sol are used at the EXPO 2010 in Shanghai, China from 1 May to 31 October 2010. They are part of an info terminal of the Climate Service Center, Germany on frequently asked questions about the climate system. Both images highlight the questions 'Why does climate change' and 'How can we predict how the climate will change' in English and Chinese language.




May 2010
The LightYears image Patterns in the Void is the winner of the European Geosciences Union photo competition in Vienna, Austria.



April 2010
The European Geosciences Union is holding a Geosciences photo competition and exhibit in association with its General Assembly 2010 from 2-7 May 2010 in Vienna, Austria. Eleven earth and space science photographies were pre-selected by a panel of five judges. Each of the approximately 9000 conference participants is asked to vote for their favorite picture. The LightYears image Patterns in the Void was chosen to be among the displayed photographies.

March 2010
Six panoramic details of the LightYears photographies highlight the Earth System compartments on the new website of the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg, Germany.



The Earth System components represented are Atmosphere, Land, Ocean, Cryosphere, Volcanoes and their interaction.



The Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) is an internationally renowned institute for climate research. Its goal is to understand the changing climate of our Earth. The homepage and all three departments "Atmosphere, Land and Ocean in the Earth System" display LightYears header images.