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Gallery: Pano Awards showcase the most stunning panoramic photographs of 2017

Gallery: Pano Awards showcase ...
The big award for Photographer of the Year in the Open category went to Jesus M Garcia – this entry from Garcia was taken at Whuzi Hill in China
The big award for Photographer of the Year in the Open category went to Jesus M Garcia – this entry from Garcia was taken at Whuzi Hill in China
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The big award for Photographer of the Year in the Open category went to Jesus M Garcia – this entry from Garcia was taken at Whuzi Hill in China
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The big award for Photographer of the Year in the Open category went to Jesus M Garcia – this entry from Garcia was taken at Whuzi Hill in China
This entry from Garcia was taken in Toledo City, Spain
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This entry from Garcia was taken in Toledo City, Spain
The big award for Photographer of the Year in the Open category went to Jesus M Garcia – this entry from Garcia was the winner of the Nature / Landscape section. It is titled Good Morning Damian Shan, China
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The big award for Photographer of the Year in the Open category went to Jesus M Garcia – this entry from Garcia was the winner of the Nature / Landscape section. It is titled Good Morning Damian Shan, China
This is the Open Award winner in the Built Environment / Architecture section. Taken by Javier De La Torre in Shanghai
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This is the Open Award winner in the Built Environment / Architecture section. Taken by Javier De La Torre in Shanghai
Darren Moore was the major winner in the Amateur photography category. This photograph is entitled "Spine" and was taken in Scotland
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Darren Moore was the major winner in the Amateur photography category. This photograph is entitled "Spine" and was taken in Scotland
Darren Moore was the major winner in the Amateur photography category. This is his winning photograph in the Built Environment / Architecture section 
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Darren Moore was the major winner in the Amateur photography category. This is his winning photograph in the Built Environment / Architecture section 
Darren Moore was the major winner in the Amateur photography category. This is another image taken in Scotland, entitled "Sea Serpent"
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Darren Moore was the major winner in the Amateur photography category. This is another image taken in Scotland, entitled "Sea Serpent"
Australian photographer Ray Jennings took the other Amateur award for Best Landscape / Nature image. This shot was taken at Lake Windamere in NSW Australia
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Australian photographer Ray Jennings took the other Amateur award for Best Landscape / Nature image. This shot was taken at Lake Windamere in NSW Australia
This ridiculously gorgeous photograph won the special Carolyn Mitchum Award that was decided by judge Jeff Mitchum. The conditions were the image must be created predominantly "in camera." It was taken by Polish photographer Wojciech Kruczynski in Iceland
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This ridiculously gorgeous photograph won the special Carolyn Mitchum Award that was decided by judge Jeff Mitchum. The conditions were the image must be created predominantly "in camera." It was taken by Polish photographer Wojciech Kruczynski in Iceland
Second place in the Carolyn Mitchum Award went to this photograph from Tonga, taken by Rita Kluge
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Second place in the Carolyn Mitchum Award went to this photograph from Tonga, taken by Rita Kluge
Third place for the Carolyn Mitchum Award went to this image from Canadian Adam Gibbs
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Third place for the Carolyn Mitchum Award went to this image from Canadian Adam Gibbs
The Curator's Award is decided by festival founder David Evans and this year went to Nate Merz for his image of pine groves in South Korea
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The Curator's Award is decided by festival founder David Evans and this year went to Nate Merz for his image of pine groves in South Korea
Here are some of our favorite shortlisted photographs in the Open - Nature / Landscape category
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Here are some of our favorite shortlisted photographs in the Open - Nature / Landscape category
Here are some of our favorite shortlisted photographs in the Open - Nature / Landscape category
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Here are some of our favorite shortlisted photographs in the Open - Nature / Landscape category
Here are some of our favorite shortlisted photographs in the Open - Nature / Landscape category
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Here are some of our favorite shortlisted photographs in the Open - Nature / Landscape category
Here are some of our favorite shortlisted photographs in the Open - Nature / Landscape category
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Here are some of our favorite shortlisted photographs in the Open - Nature / Landscape category
Here are some of our favorite shortlisted photographs in the Open - Nature / Landscape category
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Here are some of our favorite shortlisted photographs in the Open - Nature / Landscape category
Here are some of our favorite shortlisted photographs in the Open - Nature / Landscape category
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Here are some of our favorite shortlisted photographs in the Open - Nature / Landscape category
Here are some of our favorite shortlisted photographs in the Open - Nature / Landscape category
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Here are some of our favorite shortlisted photographs in the Open - Nature / Landscape category
Here are some of our favorite shortlisted photographs in the Open - Nature / Landscape category
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Here are some of our favorite shortlisted photographs in the Open - Nature / Landscape category
Here are some of our favorite shortlisted photographs in the Open - Nature / Landscape category
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Here are some of our favorite shortlisted photographs in the Open - Nature / Landscape category
Some spectacular entries from the shortlist in the Open - Built Environment / Architecture category
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Some spectacular entries from the shortlist in the Open - Built Environment / Architecture category
Some spectacular entries from the shortlist in the Open - Built Environment / Architecture category
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Some spectacular entries from the shortlist in the Open - Built Environment / Architecture category
Some spectacular entries from the shortlist in the Open - Built Environment / Architecture category
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Some spectacular entries from the shortlist in the Open - Built Environment / Architecture category
Some spectacular entries from the shortlist in the Open - Built Environment / Architecture category
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Some spectacular entries from the shortlist in the Open - Built Environment / Architecture category
Some spectacular entries from the shortlist in the Open - Built Environment / Architecture category
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Some spectacular entries from the shortlist in the Open - Built Environment / Architecture category
Some spectacular entries from the shortlist in the Open - Built Environment / Architecture category
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Some spectacular entries from the shortlist in the Open - Built Environment / Architecture category
Some spectacular entries from the shortlist in the Open - Built Environment / Architecture category
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Some spectacular entries from the shortlist in the Open - Built Environment / Architecture category
Some spectacular entries from the shortlist in the Open - Built Environment / Architecture category
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Some spectacular entries from the shortlist in the Open - Built Environment / Architecture category
Some spectacular entries from the shortlist in the Open - Built Environment / Architecture category
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Some spectacular entries from the shortlist in the Open - Built Environment / Architecture category
Shortlisted entries in the Amateur - Built Environment / Architecture category show virtually no difference in skill or quality when compared with the professionals
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Shortlisted entries in the Amateur - Built Environment / Architecture category show virtually no difference in skill or quality when compared with the professionals
Shortlisted entries in the Amateur - Built Environment / Architecture category show virtually no difference in skill or quality when compared with the professionals
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Shortlisted entries in the Amateur - Built Environment / Architecture category show virtually no difference in skill or quality when compared with the professionals
Shortlisted entries in the Amateur - Built Environment / Architecture category show virtually no difference in skill or quality when compared with the professionals
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Shortlisted entries in the Amateur - Built Environment / Architecture category show virtually no difference in skill or quality when compared with the professionals
Shortlisted entries in the Amateur - Built Environment / Architecture category show virtually no difference in skill or quality when compared with the professionals
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Shortlisted entries in the Amateur - Built Environment / Architecture category show virtually no difference in skill or quality when compared with the professionals
Shortlisted entries in the Amateur - Built Environment / Architecture category show virtually no difference in skill or quality when compared with the professionals
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Shortlisted entries in the Amateur - Built Environment / Architecture category show virtually no difference in skill or quality when compared with the professionals
Shortlisted entries in the Amateur - Built Environment / Architecture category show virtually no difference in skill or quality when compared with the professionals
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Shortlisted entries in the Amateur - Built Environment / Architecture category show virtually no difference in skill or quality when compared with the professionals
Shortlisted entries in the Amateur - Built Environment / Architecture category show virtually no difference in skill or quality when compared with the professionals
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Shortlisted entries in the Amateur - Built Environment / Architecture category show virtually no difference in skill or quality when compared with the professionals
Here is a selection of spectacular favorites from the shortlisted photographs in the Amateur - Nature / Landscape category
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Here is a selection of spectacular favorites from the shortlisted photographs in the Amateur - Nature / Landscape category
Here is a selection of spectacular favorites from the shortlisted photographs in the Amateur - Nature / Landscape category
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Here is a selection of spectacular favorites from the shortlisted photographs in the Amateur - Nature / Landscape category
Here is a selection of spectacular favorites from the shortlisted photographs in the Amateur - Nature / Landscape category
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Here is a selection of spectacular favorites from the shortlisted photographs in the Amateur - Nature / Landscape category
Here is a selection of spectacular favorites from the shortlisted photographs in the Amateur - Nature / Landscape category
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Here is a selection of spectacular favorites from the shortlisted photographs in the Amateur - Nature / Landscape category
Here is a selection of spectacular favorites from the shortlisted photographs in the Amateur - Nature / Landscape category
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Here is a selection of spectacular favorites from the shortlisted photographs in the Amateur - Nature / Landscape category
Here is a selection of spectacular favorites from the shortlisted photographs in the Amateur - Nature / Landscape category
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Here is a selection of spectacular favorites from the shortlisted photographs in the Amateur - Nature / Landscape category
Here is a selection of spectacular favorites from the shortlisted photographs in the Amateur - Nature / Landscape category
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Here is a selection of spectacular favorites from the shortlisted photographs in the Amateur - Nature / Landscape category
Here is a selection of spectacular favorites from the shortlisted photographs in the Amateur - Nature / Landscape category
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Here is a selection of spectacular favorites from the shortlisted photographs in the Amateur - Nature / Landscape category
Here is a selection of spectacular favorites from the shortlisted photographs in the Amateur - Nature / Landscape category
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Here is a selection of spectacular favorites from the shortlisted photographs in the Amateur - Nature / Landscape category
Here is a selection of spectacular favorites from the shortlisted photographs in the Amateur - Nature / Landscape category
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Here is a selection of spectacular favorites from the shortlisted photographs in the Amateur - Nature / Landscape category
Here is a selection of spectacular favorites from the shortlisted photographs in the Amateur - Nature / Landscape category
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Here is a selection of spectacular favorites from the shortlisted photographs in the Amateur - Nature / Landscape category
Here is a selection of spectacular favorites from the shortlisted photographs in the Amateur - Nature / Landscape category
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Here is a selection of spectacular favorites from the shortlisted photographs in the Amateur - Nature / Landscape category
Here is a selection of spectacular favorites from the shortlisted photographs in the Amateur - Nature / Landscape category
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Here is a selection of spectacular favorites from the shortlisted photographs in the Amateur - Nature / Landscape category
Here is a selection of spectacular favorites from the shortlisted photographs in the Amateur - Nature / Landscape category
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Here is a selection of spectacular favorites from the shortlisted photographs in the Amateur - Nature / Landscape category
One of the winning images
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One of the winning images
The winner of best in-camera image with virtually no digital post manipulation
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The winner of best in-camera image with virtually no digital post manipulation
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Founded in 2009, the Epson International Pano Awards have rapidly grown into an exciting annual showcase of the most spectacular panoramic photographs from around the globe. The recently announced 2017 winners are impressive works, featuring an awe-inspiring array of images from Photographer of the Year, Jesus Garcia's sublime sunrise shots, to Darren Moore's ghostly fog-shrouded images.

This year the competition received over 5,000 entries from 71 different countries. The judging panel tasked with sifting through them all comprised an assortment of legendary photographic figures, including landscape photography icon Jeff Mitchum and surf photographer Aaron Chang.

This ridiculously gorgeous photograph won the special Carolyn Mitchum Award that was decided by judge Jeff Mitchum. The conditions were the image must be created predominantly "in camera." It was taken by Polish photographer Wojciech Kruczynski in Iceland
This ridiculously gorgeous photograph won the special Carolyn Mitchum Award that was decided by judge Jeff Mitchum. The conditions were the image must be created predominantly "in camera." It was taken by Polish photographer Wojciech Kruczynski in Iceland

The main awards are divided between an open category for all photographers and a category for non-professional/amateur photographers. Within each category there is a nature/landscape prizewinner and a built environment/architecture prizewinner.

While the competition does allow for artificial manipulation of the photographs, the entry notes do suggest that excessive manipulation may be scored down by the judges and all elements in the images must be real in origin and not computer generated. This is worth noting as some of these spectacular images have an other-worldly beauty that is rather astonishing to behold.

Here are some of our favorite shortlisted photographs in the Open - Nature / Landscape category
Here are some of our favorite shortlisted photographs in the Open - Nature / Landscape category

Take a look through our gallery and check out the striking images captured by both amateurs and professionals for the 2017 Pano Awards.

Source: The Pano Awards

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1 comment
ljaques
Outstanding. There are some really skillful (and lucky, to have caught that) people out there. Kudos to all. Some of those huge city pics gave this small-town boy goose bumps, unable to imagine living in the midst of 1 million+ people.