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Winners of the world's most spectacular photo contest: The Pano Awards

Winners of the world's most sp...
Highlight from the top 50 in Amateur Landscape / Nature category of the 2019 Pano Awards
Highlight from the top 50 in Amateur Landscape / Nature category of the 2019 Pano Awards
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Open Photographer of the Year, Open Winner - Nature/Landscape. Dragonfire, Braided Rivers Of Southern Iceland
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Open Photographer of the Year, Open Winner - Nature/Landscape. Dragonfire, Braided Rivers Of Southern Iceland
Open Photographer of the Year, Open Winner - Nature/Landscape. Deadly Beauty, Lake Tekapo, South Island, New Zealand
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Open Photographer of the Year, Open Winner - Nature/Landscape. Deadly Beauty, Lake Tekapo, South Island, New Zealand
Amateur Photographer of the Year, Winner Amateur - Nature/Landscape. Waterfall Lofoten, Norway
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Amateur Photographer of the Year, Winner Amateur - Nature/Landscape. Waterfall Lofoten, Norway
Amateur Photographer of the Year. From NJ, New York, USA
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Amateur Photographer of the Year. From NJ, New York, USA
Open Winner, Built Environment / Architecture. National Museum, Qatar
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Open Winner, Built Environment / Architecture. National Museum, Qatar
Winner Amateur, Built Environment / Architecture. Milky Way- Grossglockner High Alpine Road, Austria
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Winner Amateur, Built Environment / Architecture. Milky Way- Grossglockner High Alpine Road, Austria
Winner Digital Art Prize. Enchantment, Vatnajokull Glacier, Iceland
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Winner Digital Art Prize. Enchantment, Vatnajokull Glacier, Iceland
Winner Curator's Award. The Drowning, New Zealand
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Winner Curator's Award. The Drowning, New Zealand
Winner Nikon Award. Solitude, Torres Del Paine
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Winner Nikon Award. Solitude, Torres Del Paine
Winner One Of A Kind Award. Three Towers Torres Del Paine, Chile
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Winner One Of A Kind Award. Three Towers Torres Del Paine, Chile
Winner Highest Scoring IVRPA member in any category
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Winner Highest Scoring IVRPA member in any category
Winner Highest scoring smartphone panorama
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Winner Highest scoring smartphone panorama
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Highlight from the top 50 in Open Nature / Landscape
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Highlight from the top 50 in Open Built Environment / Architecture
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Highlight from the top 50 in Open Built Environment / Architecture
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Highlight from the top 50 in Amateur Built Environment / Architecture
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Highlight from the top 50 in Amateur Built Environment / Architecture
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Highlight from the top 50 in Open Nature / Landscape
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Highlight from the top 50 in Open Built Environment / Architecture
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Highlight from the top 50 in Amateur Landscape / Nature category of the 2019 Pano Awards
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Highlight from the top 50 in Amateur Landscape / Nature category of the 2019 Pano Awards
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An incredible aerial shot of Iceland’s "braided rivers" has taken first place in the annual Pano Awards, a photography competition dedicated to showcasing the magnificence of panoramic photography. In its 10th year the contest received nearly 5,000 entries from over 70 countries.

From a standpoint of pure aesthetic spectacle, the Epson International Pano Awards annually delivers the most dazzling collection of photographs of any contest around, and this year was no exception. The Awards span two main divisions: Open and Amateur, with the distinction being amateurs are defined as those earning less than US$20,000 per year from photography as an occupation. Other than that, the only major stipulation is that entries must be presented in at least a 2:1 or 1:2 aspect ratio.

Open Photographer of the Year, Open Winner - Nature/Landscape. Dragonfire, Braided Rivers Of Southern Iceland
Open Photographer of the Year, Open Winner - Nature/Landscape. Dragonfire, Braided Rivers Of Southern Iceland

Australian photographer Mieke Boynton took out the major Open Photographer of the Year prize for her impressive abstract aerial photography. The winning shots, taken from a Cessna flying over Iceland, turn a patchwork of river patterns into a breathtaking impressionistic canvas, at one point resembling a fire-breathing dragon.

"I absolutely love the raw thrill of flying, and to see the delicate intricacy of Nature's Art from 1,000-2,000 feet above fills me with joy and delight,” says Boynton. “I travel to remote and inaccessible areas – many of which can’t be photographed by drone – and many of these places resemble giant abstract paintings. I am mesmerized and fascinated by Nature’s Abstract Art. I am inspired by the photography of Andre Ermolaev and the artistic styles of MC Escher, Wassily Kandinsky, Piet Mondrian and the Papunya Tula artists.”

Highlight from the top 50 in Open Nature / Landscape
Highlight from the top 50 in Open Nature / Landscape

Alongside top prizes across the two general categories (Nature/Landscape and Built Environment/Architecture), the competition awards a number of special prizes, including a Digital Art Award, a Highest Scoring Smartphone Image Award, and a Curator’s Award – selected by curator and founder of the Pano Awards, David Evans.

Winner Curator's Award. The Drowning, New Zealand
Winner Curator's Award. The Drowning, New Zealand

Among the winners sharing over US$50,000 in cash and prizes are a surreal sci-fi vision of Qatar’s National Museum, an otherworldly evocation of a waterfall in New Zealand, and a number of gorgeous old-fashioned landscape shots.

Take a look through our gallery at some of the highlights from this visually sublime panoramic photo contest.

Source: Pano Awards

1 comment
ljaques
I like the purer ones. The 21 castle/45 church rising out of the fog. The timelapse 46 Stonehenge. 9 Solitude.