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!
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This is absolutely beautiful.The light on the mountains and flowers and the angle it was taken at is stunning...What a beautiful painting this would make....My definite favourite...
Leaving the Shire...
Perfect capture. Reminiscent of The Great Wave.
Welcome to our wonderful Tornado Alley! We have 6 seasons here in Oklahoma! Spring, Tornado, Summer, Tornado, Autumn, and our usually poor confused Winter!! The weather can change up to 30-40 degrees within 12-24 hours, make dressing properly a challenging feat!! Lol The tornadoes are beautiful, fascinating, yet can be extremely devastating. You learn to live with it and also learn when they might be a serious concern. Half the time the sirens go off and everyone goes outside to watch. 😂 If you live out in rural areas however the tornadoes can be seriously scary and destructive.
My country looks so good from upside
Anyone know what flowers those are?
The office party that no-one really wants to be at.
The sparkling snow and the northern lights - gorgeous.
looks like a cinema studios logo
Wow! Simply stunning.
Wow, this is an amazing shot. Doi, obviously, because it won. I will admit that it took me quite a while to figure out what I was looking at. Spider knees in hell, was my first thought, tbh.
Amazing when you think of all the millions of years geological history in those rock strata
Lonely little cloud!
This is not a good post to read while stuck in the office for the next 4 hours and 30 years
He managed to capture a dream in a photo. It is definitely from a dream.
its like closed eye of mother nature
Would love to know what these are - amazing colours
This is so perfect it almost can't be real
Spectacular - must have been extremely difficult just to even get to that height.
Bad weather can be so beautiful!
Hungary is a beautiful, wonderful place.
Woah! How? It's gorgeous!
Happy little lone tree.
Dramatic and beautiful! Must have been amazing to be there.
Dear Bored panda,where are the rest (73) memorable Pcs from yesterday?