This winners collection celebrates the work of all award winning photographers capturing life in its most vivid forms. These unique and international artists constitute the best of the photographic scene and we are very proud to share their work.
“Landslip” - Glenorchy, Otago, New Zealand
The "Rees Dart Track" is a 59.2-kilometer point-to-point trail located near Glenorchy, Otago, New Zealand. The forest is so full of life, the land can’t hold itself up. The moss and root network covering the forest floor is the only thing holding those trees up. © Louise Coghill
“Reflections” - Tallahassee, Florida, USA
“This photo reminds me of happiness. It was a very moody December morning that I didn’t expect much from. I distinctly remember how peaceful watching the fog roll across the lake and not even concerned with getting a photo I wanted. Sometimes photography is just a reason to get out of bed.” © Alex Armitage
“Sideswipe” - Lake Newboro, Ontario, Canada
This image was taken on Lake Newboro, in Ontario, Canada just at the start of the fall season. Using a slow shutter and panning movement, the lake surface turns into a wonderfully minimal impressionist scene. © Jim Kostecky
“Colors from a Mining Pond” - Nevada, USA
Aerial view of partially frozen mud in a mine tailing pond. Although Nevada is known as the “Silver State”, its gold production ranks highest in America representing 79% of global US production and fourth-largest in the world. In addition to gold Nevada produces other minerals and ores such as barite, copper, limestone & precious opals. © Evan Petty
“A Breath in the Ocean” - East Lothian, Scotland
The soft palette and gentle texture of nature. A captivating moment exploring one of my favourite beaches in East Lothian, Scotland. © Fran Mart
“Les Racines Fondamentales” (The Fundamental Roots) - Pyrénées, France
This is an enchanted forest hidden in the French Pyrénées. Surrounded by mist, walking through this forest is like being in a romantic painting museum. © Yohan Terraza
“Mindscapes” - Iceland
Raw, starkly beautiful, otherworldly, yet also unmistakably terrestrial, it’s a dizzying, breathtaking escape into an earth untouched by man. An incredible blend of softness and ruggedness warmth and coldness, that characterizes the amazing island of ice. © Massimo Lupidi
Matteo de Mayda
“Female football training in Heimaey” - Heimaey, Iceland
The IBV stadium is in Heimaey, an island of 4000 inhabitants in the Vestman archipelago. In Iceland, football is the second most popular sport among women after team gymnastics. Iceland became the first country in the world to make it illegal to pay men more than women for doing the same job, an inequality that exists in almost every country. © Matteo de Mayda
“Happy Little Tree” - Florida, USA
A single cypress tree showing off its fall’s colors surrounded by its elders in a swampy area of Florida, USA © Donald Pelliccia
“Follow your path” - Fuerteventura, Canary Islands
Aerial view of a desert area in Fuerteventura island. Fuerteventura is the second largest of Spain’s Canary Islands, sitting in the Atlantic Ocean 100km off the north coast of Africa. It’s known primarily as a holiday destination due to its white-sand beaches and year-round warmth cooled by constant winds. © Sara Zanini
– Theme: Landscape Photography / Competition Judge: Hannes Becker
Landscape photography is one of the oldest forms of photography. When taking a picture of a landscape, just like in a portrait or a scene, photographers attempt to tell a story and we wanted to discover and celebrate all the beauty and joy that nature can provide.
Join us over on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter where we’ll be sharing all our favorite images from the competition. Congratulations to all the talented photographers who made it to the final!
1ST PRIZE: Louise Coghill
“This image really stands out to me. With different layers, each more interesting than the other, The foreground seems full of change dynamic. The background and crop are suggesting that this image is only a small fraction of the entire forest. The used focal length and therefore compression of the scene was the perfect choice. Details and colors are very natural and lovely exposed. Clearly my favorite!” — Hannes Becker
2ND PRIZE: Alex Armitage
“A well-balanced photograph with the main subject mirroring on both axis, horizontally and vertically. Mood and light are spectacular and really enhance the scene. The complimentary orange and blue are creating a beautiful color pattern. Overall the landscape looks very unique.” — Hannes Becker
3RD PRIZE: Jim Kostecky
Through the dexterous application of slow shutter speed and a ‘panning’ technique, Kostecky transcribes the lake’s surface into a delicate, abstract composition that conveys a palpable serenity, and immediately, and simultaneously, evokes the watercolor masterworks of the great impressionist painters; Rothko’s expressive landscapes, and Andreas Gursky’s iconic panorama, Rhein II.
A compelling image displaying extraordinary creativity, immaculate timing, and a masterful apperception of color, light, and texture. — The Independent Photographer Editors
Hannes Becker is a German-based photographer and licensed drone operator specializing in outdoors, adventures, and landscapes.
Passionate about traveling, he has used the platform Instagram for the last seven years to share his impressions on a daily basis. He quickly became one of the world’s most-followed travel photographers.
In order to inspire the viewer and portray his experiences realistically, he aims not only to document his travels in nature but incorporate his personal interpretation with particular importance on composition, mood, and lighting.
Open to All Photography
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THEME: Portrait Deadline: 31 May 2021"In a portrait, I’m looking for the silence in somebody."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson
Portrait photography has one of the oldest and most interesting histories that harkens back to the early days of the medium. Through portraits of iconic figures or ordinary people, we discover a deep interest in others.
Recent works or gems from your archives, classic or experimental, and through any kind of storytelling: we want to discover the most powerful and captivating images of today’s portrait photography. We are open to all interpretations and want to see faces that gaze right into the soul!
1st Prize: $1000 · 2nd Prize: $600 · 3rd Prize: $400