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Otherworldly winners of the Life in Another Light infrared photography competition

Otherworldly winners of the Li...
First place winner in the Infrared Color category of the Life in Another Light competition - The Watchman
First place winner in the Infrared Color category of the Life in Another Light competition - The Watchman
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First place winner in the Landscape category - Lonely Tree
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First place winner in the Landscape category - Lonely Tree
First place winner in the Infrared Color category of the Life in Another Light competition - The Watchman
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First place winner in the Infrared Color category of the Life in Another Light competition - The Watchman
Second place winner in the Infrared Color category - Red Velvet
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Second place winner in the Infrared Color category - Red Velvet
Overall Grand Prize winner, as part of the Photo Essay category, a collection called Utah
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Overall Grand Prize winner, as part of the Photo Essay category, a collection called Utah
Overall Grand Prize winner, as part of the Photo Essay category, a collection called Utah
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Overall Grand Prize winner, as part of the Photo Essay category, a collection called Utah
Overall Grand Prize winner, as part of the Photo Essay category, a collection called Utah
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Overall Grand Prize winner, as part of the Photo Essay category, a collection called Utah
Overall Grand Prize winner, as part of the Photo Essay category, a collection called Utah
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Overall Grand Prize winner, as part of the Photo Essay category, a collection called Utah
This incredible infrared series called Chernobyl: A Stalker’s Paradise served as the inspiration for entires in this year’s Photo Essay category
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This incredible infrared series called Chernobyl: A Stalker’s Paradise served as the inspiration for entires in this year’s Photo Essay category
The monumental trail with the evacuated villages’ names on either side
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The monumental trail with the evacuated villages’ names on either side
Bumper cars in Pripyat’s amusement park
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Bumper cars in Pripyat’s amusement park
This incredible infrared series called Chernobyl: A Stalker’s Paradise served as the inspiration for entires in this year’s Photo Essay category.
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This incredible infrared series called Chernobyl: A Stalker’s Paradise served as the inspiration for entires in this year’s Photo Essay category.
Simon – a human-friendly fox, whom often approaches groups in the exclusion zone, asking for food
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Simon – a human-friendly fox, whom often approaches groups in the exclusion zone, asking for food
Second Prize winner, as part of the Photo Essay category, a collection called Hong Kong: The Gold City
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Second Prize winner, as part of the Photo Essay category, a collection called Hong Kong: The Gold City
Second Prize winner, as part of the Photo Essay category, a collection called Hong Kong: The Gold City
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Second Prize winner, as part of the Photo Essay category, a collection called Hong Kong: The Gold City
Second Prize winner, as part of the Photo Essay category, a collection called Hong Kong: The Gold City
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Second Prize winner, as part of the Photo Essay category, a collection called Hong Kong: The Gold City
Third Prize winner, as part of the Photo Essay category, a collection called Invisible Paris
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Third Prize winner, as part of the Photo Essay category, a collection called Invisible Paris
Third Prize winner, as part of the Photo Essay category, a collection called Invisible Paris
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Third Prize winner, as part of the Photo Essay category, a collection called Invisible Paris
Third Prize winner, as part of the Photo Essay category, a collection called Invisible Paris
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Third Prize winner, as part of the Photo Essay category, a collection called Invisible Paris
Third Prize winner, as part of the Photo Essay category, a collection called Invisible Paris
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Third Prize winner, as part of the Photo Essay category, a collection called Invisible Paris
Honorable Mention in the Photo Essay category, a collection called California Foothills
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Honorable Mention in the Photo Essay category, a collection called California Foothills
Honorable Mention in the Photo Essay category, a collection called California Foothills
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Honorable Mention in the Photo Essay category, a collection called California Foothills
Honorable Mention in the Photo Essay category, a collection called California Foothills
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Honorable Mention in the Photo Essay category, a collection called California Foothills
Honorable Mention in the Photo Essay category, a collection called California Foothills
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Honorable Mention in the Photo Essay category, a collection called California Foothills
Honorable Mention in the Photo Essay category, a collection called One Year on Mt. Wendelstein
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Honorable Mention in the Photo Essay category, a collection called One Year on Mt. Wendelstein
Honorable Mention in the Photo Essay category, a collection called One Year on Mt. Wendelstein
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Honorable Mention in the Photo Essay category, a collection called One Year on Mt. Wendelstein
Honorable Mention in the Photo Essay category, a collection called One Year on Mt. Wendelstein
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Honorable Mention in the Photo Essay category, a collection called One Year on Mt. Wendelstein
Honorable Mention in the Photo Essay category, a collection called One Year on Mt. Wendelstein
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Honorable Mention in the Photo Essay category, a collection called One Year on Mt. Wendelstein
Honorable Mention in the Photo Essay category, a collection called One Year on Mt. Wendelstein
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Honorable Mention in the Photo Essay category, a collection called One Year on Mt. Wendelstein
Third place winner in the Landscape category - Home Sweet Home
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Third place winner in the Landscape category - Home Sweet Home
Second place winner in the Landscape category - Morning Fog
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Second place winner in the Landscape category - Morning Fog
Honorable Mention in the Landscape category - The Old Shack
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Honorable Mention in the Landscape category - The Old Shack
Honorable Mention in the Landscape category - Under the Moon
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Honorable Mention in the Landscape category - Under the Moon
Honorable Mention  in the Infrared Color category - Island Beach in IR
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Honorable Mention  in the Infrared Color category - Island Beach in IR
Honorable Mention  in the Infrared Color category - Blue Suns
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Honorable Mention  in the Infrared Color category - Blue Suns
Honorable Mention  in the Infrared Color category - City in Full-Spectrum
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Honorable Mention  in the Infrared Color category - City in Full-Spectrum
Third place winner in the Infrared Color category - Tetonic
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Third place winner in the Infrared Color category - Tetonic
First place winner in the Portrait category - Girl
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First place winner in the Portrait category - Girl
Honorable Mention in the Black and White category - In the Shadow
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Honorable Mention in the Black and White category - In the Shadow
Honorable Mention in the Black and White category - On the Way Home
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Honorable Mention in the Black and White category - On the Way Home
Honorable Mention in the Black and White category - Long Forgotten
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Honorable Mention in the Black and White category - Long Forgotten
Third place winner in the Black and White category - Life in the Desert
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Third place winner in the Black and White category - Life in the Desert
Second place winner in the Black and White category - Touch
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Second place winner in the Black and White category - Touch
First place winner in the Black and White category - Zabriskie
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First place winner in the Black and White category - Zabriskie
Honorable Mention in the Landscape category - Celestial
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Honorable Mention in the Landscape category - Celestial
Honorable Mention in the Landscape category - Manhattan
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Honorable Mention in the Landscape category - Manhattan
Honorable Mention in the Photo Essay category, a collection called Storm Warriors
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Honorable Mention in the Photo Essay category, a collection called Storm Warriors
Honorable Mention in the Photo Essay category, a collection called Storm Warriors
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Honorable Mention in the Photo Essay category, a collection called Storm Warriors
Honorable Mention in the Photo Essay category, a collection called Storm Warriors
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Honorable Mention in the Photo Essay category, a collection called Storm Warriors
Honorable Mention in the Photo Essay category, a collection called Trees are Life
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Honorable Mention in the Photo Essay category, a collection called Trees are Life
Honorable Mention in the Photo Essay category, a collection called Trees are Life
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Honorable Mention in the Photo Essay category, a collection called Trees are Life
Honorable Mention in the Photo Essay category, a collection called Trees are Life
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Honorable Mention in the Photo Essay category, a collection called Trees are Life
Honorable Mention in the Photo Essay category, a collection called Trees are Life
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Honorable Mention in the Photo Essay category, a collection called Trees are Life
Honorable Mention in the Photo Essay category, a collection called Trees are Life
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Honorable Mention in the Photo Essay category, a collection called Trees are Life
Third Prize winner, as part of the Photo Essay category, a collection called Invisible Paris
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Third Prize winner, as part of the Photo Essay category, a collection called Invisible Paris
Third Prize winner, as part of the Photo Essay category, a collection called Invisible Paris
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Third Prize winner, as part of the Photo Essay category, a collection called Invisible Paris
Third Prize winner, as part of the Photo Essay category, a collection called Invisible Paris
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Third Prize winner, as part of the Photo Essay category, a collection called Invisible Paris
Third Prize winner, as part of the Photo Essay category, a collection called Invisible Paris
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Third Prize winner, as part of the Photo Essay category, a collection called Invisible Paris

Life in Another Light is a photo competition that focuses solely on the spectacular art of infrared photography. The gorgeous spread of winning images recently announced in this inaugural competition highlights the astonishing beauty of photography that experiments with wavelengths of light our eyes cannot see.

Our eyes can only see a quite narrow wavelength of light. Referred to as the "visible light" spectrum, this usually spans the wavelengths between around 380 and 700 nanometers. At wavelengths longer than 700 nanometers is a part of the spectrum referred to as infrared, and most infrared photography is concerned with capturing the narrow band of wavelengths between 700 and 1,000 nanometers – usually dubbed "near-infrared", so as to separate it from the longer infrared wavelengths more associated with thermal imaging.

Third Prize winner, as part of the Photo Essay category, a collection called Invisible Paris
Third Prize winner, as part of the Photo Essay category, a collection called Invisible Paris

This new photo contest focusing on infrared imagery is run by Kolari Vision, a company dedicated to converting digital cameras into being able to capture a wider spectrum of light. Despite being in its first year, interest in the competition surprised all involved with nearly 3,000 submissions received from just under 500 photographers.

"We wanted this event to gather up truly great examples of what can be done with Infrared photography as an artistic medium," says Pat Nadolski from Kolari Vision. "Since creative IR photos aren't very prevalent in the professional photography world yet, we wanted to create a place to see what the best IR shots look like and how to use alternative wavelengths of light creatively and as a form of storytelling. We also wanted to give visible light shooters a chance to win some equipment to get started with shooting in another wavelength of light. This was a truly global contest and the winners are from the US, UK, India, Russia, France, Italy, Serbia, Germany, Austria, Egypt, Hong Kong."

Overall Grand Prize winner, as part of the Photo Essay category, a collection called Utah
Overall Grand Prize winner, as part of the Photo Essay category, a collection called Utah

Entries spanned five categories: Landscape, Black and White, Color Infrared, Portrait and Photo Essay. The last category, involving collections of at least 10 photographs that tell a complete story, generated a single grand prize winner. This year the overall winner was Luciano Demasi's collection, Utah, which turned a familiar desert landscape into a colorful alien wonderland.

Take a look through our gallery featuring all the winners and honorable mentions.

Source: Kolari Vision

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