Photography

The breathtaking wide-angle winners of the 2020 Pano Awards

The breathtaking wide-angle wi...
Highlight - Amateur, Nature/Landscapes. 'Electric storm on lavender', Brihuega lavender fields in the province of Guadalajara, Spain
Highlight - Amateur, Nature/Landscapes. 'Electric storm on lavender', Brihuega lavender fields in the province of Guadalajara, Spain
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First Place - Open, Nature/Landscapes. 'Spring Hibernation', Squamish, BC, Canada
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First Place - Open, Nature/Landscapes. 'Spring Hibernation', Squamish, BC, Canada
Second Place - Open, Nature/Landscapes. 'Dragon Eye', Iceland
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Second Place - Open, Nature/Landscapes. 'Dragon Eye', Iceland
Third Place - Open, Nature/Landscapes. 'Quivertree Forest Under The Stars', Namibia
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Third Place - Open, Nature/Landscapes. 'Quivertree Forest Under The Stars', Namibia
Highlight - Open, Nature/Landscapes. 'Cascade Crown', Bella Coola, BC, Canada
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Highlight - Open, Nature/Landscapes. 'Cascade Crown', Bella Coola, BC, Canada
Highlight - Open, Nature/Landscapes. 'The Snake', Ettalong, Central Coast, NSW, Australia
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Highlight - Open, Nature/Landscapes. 'The Snake', Ettalong, Central Coast, NSW, Australia
Highlight, Open/Landscape. 'Throne of Dreams', New Mexico, USA
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Highlight, Open/Landscape. 'Throne of Dreams', New Mexico, USA
Highlight - Open, Nature/Landscapes. 'Winter Dreaming', Banff National Park Canada
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Highlight - Open, Nature/Landscapes. 'Winter Dreaming', Banff National Park Canada
Highlight - Open, Nature/Landscapes. 'Frozen', Slovenia
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Highlight - Open, Nature/Landscapes. 'Frozen', Slovenia
Highlight - Open, Nature/Landscapes. 'Rainbow and Red Rocks', Utah, USA
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Highlight - Open, Nature/Landscapes. 'Rainbow and Red Rocks', Utah, USA
First Place- Open, Built Environment. 'Mine Waste', Collie, Western Australia
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First Place- Open, Built Environment. 'Mine Waste', Collie, Western Australia
Second Place- Open, Built Environment. 'Untitled', Paris, France
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Second Place- Open, Built Environment. 'Untitled', Paris, France
Third Place- Open, Built Environment. 'The Mind Game', Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, CA
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Third Place- Open, Built Environment. 'The Mind Game', Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, CA
Highlight- Open, Built Environment. 'Baobab alley', Madagascar
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Highlight- Open, Built Environment. 'Baobab alley', Madagascar
Highlight- Open, Built Environment. 'Sunrise over Venice', Venice, Italy
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Highlight- Open, Built Environment. 'Sunrise over Venice', Venice, Italy
Highlight- Open, Built Environment. 'Phu My Bridge in Ho Chi Minh City', Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam
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Highlight- Open, Built Environment. 'Phu My Bridge in Ho Chi Minh City', Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam
Highlight- Open, Built Environment. 'Bo-Kaap', Bo-Kaap, Cape Town, South Africa
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Highlight- Open, Built Environment. 'Bo-Kaap', Bo-Kaap, Cape Town, South Africa
Highlight- Open, Built Environment. 'The Kraken', Porto, Portugal
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Highlight- Open, Built Environment. 'The Kraken', Porto, Portugal
Highlight- Open, Built Environment. 'Venice Sunrise'
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Highlight- Open, Built Environment. 'Venice Sunrise'
First Place - Amateur, Nature/Landscapes. 'Janela', Madeira Island, Portugal
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First Place - Amateur, Nature/Landscapes. 'Janela', Madeira Island, Portugal
Second Place - Amateur, Nature/Landscapes. 'Under the north star', Russia, Murmansk region, Teriberka. The coast of the Barents Sea
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Second Place - Amateur, Nature/Landscapes. 'Under the north star', Russia, Murmansk region, Teriberka. The coast of the Barents Sea
Third Place - Amateur, Nature/Landscapes. 'Church', Slovenia. Saint Andrew's Church
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Third Place - Amateur, Nature/Landscapes. 'Church', Slovenia. Saint Andrew's Church
Highlight - Amateur, Nature/Landscapes. 'Electric storm on lavender', Brihuega lavender fields in the province of Guadalajara, Spain
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Highlight - Amateur, Nature/Landscapes. 'Electric storm on lavender', Brihuega lavender fields in the province of Guadalajara, Spain
Highlight - Amateur, Nature/Landscapes. 'Golden Gate Bridge', San Francisco
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Highlight - Amateur, Nature/Landscapes. 'Golden Gate Bridge', San Francisco
Highlight - Amateur, Nature/Landscapes. 'Electric Storm', Toledo, Spain
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Highlight - Amateur, Nature/Landscapes. 'Electric Storm', Toledo, Spain
First Place- Amateur, Built Environment. 'Light and dark on the towers', Cuatro Torres financial complex in Madrid, Spain
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First Place- Amateur, Built Environment. 'Light and dark on the towers', Cuatro Torres financial complex in Madrid, Spain
Second Place- Amateur, Built Environment. 'Startrails over Bled', Bled, Slovenia
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Second Place- Amateur, Built Environment. 'Startrails over Bled', Bled, Slovenia
Third Place- Amateur, Built Environment. 'Night Palace', Madrid, Spain
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Third Place- Amateur, Built Environment. 'Night Palace', Madrid, Spain
Highlight - Amateur, Built Environment. 'The Hall Of Buddha', Sapporo, Hokkaido
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Highlight - Amateur, Built Environment. 'The Hall Of Buddha', Sapporo, Hokkaido
Highlight - Amateur, Built Environment. 'Vågan kirke'
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Highlight - Amateur, Built Environment. 'Vågan kirke'
Highlight - Amateur, Built Environment. 'Winter Forest', Bordeaux, France
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Highlight - Amateur, Built Environment. 'Winter Forest', Bordeaux, France
Highlight - Amateur, Built Environment. 'Domes and Arches', Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi
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Highlight - Amateur, Built Environment. 'Domes and Arches', Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi
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Focusing solely on the art of panoramic photography, the annual Pano Awards is easily the most consistently spectacular photo contest in the world. This year’s stunning array of highlights offers a deeply creative assortment of images, from sublime wide landscapes to colorful architectural compositions.

“Needless to say this is a year to remember,” says competition curator, David Evans. “We thought new entry and judging systems would keep us busy enough, then the world changed. We doubled down and got to work, and the upshot is a record year for the Pano Awards.”

Highlight- Open, Built Environment. 'Baobab alley', Madagascar
Highlight- Open, Built Environment. 'Baobab alley', Madagascar

In it’s 11th year, the Epson International Pano Awards received nearly 6,000 entries from 96 countries. The contest is simple, with only two categories: Nature/Landscapes and Built Environments.

Both categories are divided into Open and Amateur sections, with an Amateur defined as a photographer earning less than US$20,000 per year. Other than that, the only major stipulation is that entries be presented in at least a 2:1 or 1:2 aspect ratio.

First Place - Open, Nature/Landscapes. 'Spring Hibernation', Squamish, BC, Canada
First Place - Open, Nature/Landscapes. 'Spring Hibernation', Squamish, BC, Canada

This year the overall Photographer of the Year prize went to Canadian photographer Matt Jackisch. His top shot in the contest is a gorgeous composition of a lone tree popping up out of a deep snowpack.

“I find the more time I spend alone in nature, the quieter my mind gets,” says Jackisch, describing the moment he snapped the shot. “The quieter my mind gets, the more subtleties I notice in my surroundings. I only saw this tree because of that state of being. This image was a product of solitude and mindfulness.”

Highlight - Amateur, Nature/Landscapes. 'Electric Storm', Toledo, Spain
Highlight - Amateur, Nature/Landscapes. 'Electric Storm', Toledo, Spain

Meanwhile, the top Amateur prize went to Spanish photographer Juan Lopez Ruiz. Alongside his Built Environments winning shot of a financial complex in Madrid, a number of other images from this amateur photographer made the judges’ top 50, including several astonishing shots of lightning over gorgeous landscapes.

“My passion for photography has been with me since I was a child,” says Ruiz, “and I have always found it very interesting to be able to portray and immortalize the unique moments that nature offers us.”

Entries for the next year’s competition will open in April, 2021.

Take a look through our gallery at some more highlights from this incredible photo contest. And check out our previous coverage looking at the best of the 2019 and 2018 contests.

Source: The Pano Awards

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1 comment
JHGraves
If only they could be purchased. Amazing.