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Vanguard visions: The winners of the 6th Fine Art Photography Awards

Vanguard visions: The winners ...
Nominee, Cityscapes, Professional. Life in Prague silhouettes
Nominee, Cityscapes, Professional. Life in Prague silhouettes
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1st Place, Abstract, Professional. Microscopic image of Teepee Canyon Agate
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1st Place, Abstract, Professional. Microscopic image of Teepee Canyon Agate
1st Place, Architecture, Professional. From a series titled Building Constructs
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1st Place, Architecture, Professional. From a series titled Building Constructs
1st Place, Cityscapes, Professional. A public pool in Rybnik, Poland
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1st Place, Cityscapes, Professional. A public pool in Rybnik, Poland
1st Place, Landscape, Professional. The highlands of Iceland
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1st Place, Landscape, Professional. The highlands of Iceland
1st Place, Seascapes, Professional. From a series titled Man and the Sea
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1st Place, Seascapes, Professional. From a series titled Man and the Sea
1st Place, Night Photography, Amateur. Fireflies
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1st Place, Night Photography, Amateur. Fireflies
1st Place, Travel, Amateur. The Salt Mine
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1st Place, Travel, Amateur. The Salt Mine
1st Place, Wildlife/Animals, Amateur. A short-eared owl hunting
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1st Place, Wildlife/Animals, Amateur. A short-eared owl hunting
3rd Place, Abstract, Professional. Burnout
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3rd Place, Abstract, Professional. Burnout
Nominee, Abstract, Professional. A car junkyard in Poland
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Nominee, Abstract, Professional. A car junkyard in Poland
Nominee, Architecture, Professional. An abandoned and collapsing church in Dooley, Montana
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Nominee, Architecture, Professional. An abandoned and collapsing church in Dooley, Montana
Nominee, Architecture, Professional. An abandoned sanatorium complex
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Nominee, Architecture, Professional. An abandoned sanatorium complex
Nominee, Cityscapes, Professional. Life in Prague silhouettes
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Nominee, Cityscapes, Professional. Life in Prague silhouettes
Nominee, Fine Art, Professional. From a series titled Nocturnal Fortress
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Nominee, Fine Art, Professional. From a series titled Nocturnal Fortress
Nominee, Landscape, Professional. A sandstorm in the desert of Merzouga, southern Morocco
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Nominee, Landscape, Professional. A sandstorm in the desert of Merzouga, southern Morocco
Nominee, Landscape, Professional. Electric storm during dusk in Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia, the largest salty desert in the world
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Nominee, Landscape, Professional. Electric storm during dusk in Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia, the largest salty desert in the world
Nominee, Landscape, Professional. Citrus plantations in Andalusia, Spain
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Nominee, Landscape, Professional. Citrus plantations in Andalusia, Spain
Nominee, Night Photography, Professional. The world drawn by night
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Nominee, Night Photography, Professional. The world drawn by night
2nd Place, Night Photography, Professional. A Buddhist school in Tibet
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2nd Place, Night Photography, Professional. A Buddhist school in Tibet
Nominee, People, Professional. Once upon a time in Mexico
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Nominee, People, Professional. Once upon a time in Mexico
2nd Place, Travel, Professional. From a series titled Fish in the Sky
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2nd Place, Travel, Professional. From a series titled Fish in the Sky
Nominee, Travel, Professional. Women at work to sun-dry the rice paddy on the courtyard in Dhamrai
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Nominee, Travel, Professional. Women at work to sun-dry the rice paddy on the courtyard in Dhamrai
3rd Place, Wildlife/Animals. Ghosts of the desert
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3rd Place, Wildlife/Animals. Ghosts of the desert
2nd Place, Wildlife/Animals, Professional. A circus in Italy
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2nd Place, Wildlife/Animals, Professional. A circus in Italy
2nd Place, Architecture, Amateur. From a series titled Serenity - Alien Cities
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2nd Place, Architecture, Amateur. From a series titled Serenity - Alien Cities
Nominee, Fine Art, Amateur. From a series titled Alone
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Nominee, Fine Art, Amateur. From a series titled Alone
Nominee, Landscape, Amateur. Sinai sand
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Nominee, Landscape, Amateur. Sinai sand
Nominee, Landscape, Amateur. Horseshoe Lightning
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Nominee, Landscape, Amateur. Horseshoe Lightning
Nominee, Nature, Amateur. In the Rub al-chali desert
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Nominee, Nature, Amateur. In the Rub al-chali desert
Nominee, Nature, Amateur. Ice Tree
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Nominee, Nature, Amateur. Ice Tree
3rd Place, Nature, Amateur. Silence Winter
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3rd Place, Nature, Amateur. Silence Winter
Nominee, Night Photography, Amateur. The St. Lucie River, under the massive Roosevelt Bridge near Stuart FL, USA
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Nominee, Night Photography, Amateur. The St. Lucie River, under the massive Roosevelt Bridge near Stuart FL, USA
3rd Place, Night Photography, Amateur. From a series titled Rushing
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3rd Place, Night Photography, Amateur. From a series titled Rushing
Nominee, Wildlife/Animals, Amateur. From a series titled Power Play
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Nominee, Wildlife/Animals, Amateur. From a series titled Power Play
Nominee, Travel, Amateur. Praying in Saudi Arabia
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Nominee, Travel, Amateur. Praying in Saudi Arabia
Professional Fine Art Photographer of the Year. Titled Candy Smoke
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Professional Fine Art Photographer of the Year. Titled Candy Smoke
Amateur Fine Art Photographer of the Year. From a series titled Interlude in Blue
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Amateur Fine Art Photographer of the Year. From a series titled Interlude in Blue
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In its sixth year, the Fine Art Photography Awards continues to deliver an incredible spread of imaginative images spanning every photographic style you can imagine. From sublime drone shots to psychedelic microscopic imagery, we have rounded up the highlights from the massive trove of winning and nominated photographs.

The organizers describe the contest as, “one of the most ambitious and comprehensive competitions on photography,” and it certainly lives up to that promise. The awards are spread across 20 categories, each with separate Amateur and Professional sections.

Nominee, Architecture, Professional. An abandoned and collapsing church in Dooley, Montana
Nominee, Architecture, Professional. An abandoned and collapsing church in Dooley, Montana

The categories cover all bases – Nature, Wildlife/Animals, Architecture, Fashion, Travel, Portrait, Cityscape, Street Photography, Night Photography, Landscape, and more. The top professional winner takes home US$3,000, while the top amateur winner snags $2,000.

Nominee, Landscape, Professional. A sandstorm in the desert of Merzouga, southern Morocco
Nominee, Landscape, Professional. A sandstorm in the desert of Merzouga, southern Morocco

As with previous years, the two top prizes are some of the least interesting awarded images in our view, with a deep dive into the category nominees revealing a spectacular array of surreal, strange, and scintillating shots.

Highlights include a gorgeously wobbly shot of a collapsing church, a sublime look at a car outrunning a giant sandstorm, and several perspectives on the majesty of lightning.

Nominee, Landscape, Amateur. Horseshoe Lightning
Nominee, Landscape, Amateur. Horseshoe Lightning

Take a look through our gallery for all the highlights in this big, broad photographic competition.

The winners from last year and 2018 are also well worth revisiting.

Source: Fine Art Photography Awards

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1 comment
buzzclick
I agree that the top prizes are not that impressive, but there are some excellent shots. I thought the car outracing the sandstorm was causing it, and the Buddhist school must be something else?