Just in case you ever needed a reminder that our planet is a stunningly beautiful place, the fifth annual Landscape Photographer of the Year competition winners have been announced and they don't disappoint.
Selected from a field of nearly 3000 entries taken by 863 photographers, the judges had the difficult task of narrowing them down to eventual winners. The overall photographer of the year, based on a folio submission of at least 4 images, was Adam Gibbs, from Canada.
But what makes a great landscape photographer? Is it persistence? Experience? Luck? Passion?
“Looking at Adam Gibbs’ winning portfolio, we can see a diversity of views, an understanding of light and the expert use of framing and composition,” the judges explained. “From sandy aerials to icy mountain locations, Adam’s portfolio demonstrates a range of topics, an essential component when it comes to convincing our judges that you are the International Landscape Photographer of the Year.”
Adam's skill was perfectly complimented by the rich beauty of his native country, in particular his local area of Vancouver Island. “It is an exceptional place,” he said. “The landscape is rugged, but not in your face and extremely challenging, especially the forests. I love it. However, other than the popular Canadian Rockies, the rest of British Columbia and Canada itself are highly underrated, in my opinion, as prime photo destinations for those seeking raw wilderness experiences.”
Winner of the prize for Landscape Photograph Of The Year, based on a single image, is Paul Marcellini, from the USA. Specializing in Florida scenery, Paul's artistic shot of tree trunks creating an optical illusion in a swamp was simply stunning in its composition. “I seem to love every place I spend some time in, but it is the swamps of Florida that will always be my favorite habitat to explore,” Paul said. “I enjoy the challenge of trying to organize the chaos. It is also a pretty strong bet that I will be the only one out there and the solitude is great!”
Scroll down below to check out other selected wonders from the competition, and bask in the magnificence of Mother Nature. Do you agree with the winning choices? Which ones are your favorites? Let us know in the comments!
1 “Twisted Forest,” Adam Gibbs (Canada), Winner, International Landscape Photographer of the Year
2 “Autumnal Abstract,” Paul Marcellini (USA), Winner, International Landscape Photograph of the Year
3 White Mountains National Forest, New Hampshire, USA. Matt MacPherson (USA).
4 South East coast of Australia. Warren Keelan (Australia)
5 Grosser Rachel, National Park Bayerischer Wald, Bavaria, Germany. Lukáš Veselý (Czech Republic)
6 “Frozen Giants,” Ignacio Palacios (Australia), Winner, The Snow and Ice Award
7 “Falling Down I,” Ann Kristin Lindaas (Norway), Winner, The Exemplary Tree Award
8 “Calmness Before the Wind Blows,” Peter Svoboda (Slovakia), 3rd Place, International Landscape Photographer of the Year
9 “Alone,” Roberto Marchegiani (Italy). 3rd Place, International Landscape Photograph of the Year
10 Keetmanshoop, Namibia. Andrey Omelyanchuk (Russian Federation)