Consolidating its position as one of the most spectacular photo competitions on the annual circuit, the International Landscape Photographer of the Year once again features a stunning assortment of images, from mythical shots of snow-capped forests to awe-inspiring descents into volcanoes hellish.
Now in its eighth year, the International Landscape Photographer of the Year competition presents a fantastic snapshot of the aesthetic diversity of landscape photography. The contest is simple. There are no specific categories and competition chair Peter Eastway says there is no hard and fast definition of what a landscape photograph should be.
“Our philosophy is that all approaches to landscape photography are valid,” Eastway said. “It is not for us to say whether an image is a landscape or not… the history of landscape art is much broader than simply creating a record of nature. It is interpretative, imaginative and inspiring. Some photographers take their shots and redefine the tone; others take multiple shots to produce a mindscape.
The competition is structured around two main prizes: Photographer of the Year (for a portfolio of at least four images) and Photographer of the Year. Turkish photographer Aytek Cetin won the top portfolio award with a collection of beautifully evocative images.
The prize for best photography of the year was awarded to American amateur photographer Tamnay Sapkal. The photo, taken on Mount Tamalpais, north of San Francisco, required a lot of planning and multiple visits.
“It was not possible to align the comet exactly above the foreground that I wanted, so I decided to take two separate exposures,” Sapkal explained. “It took a few visits to get the right amount of fog on the hills to create the dream setting, then I waited patiently for cars to pass and create a blanket of light under the fog.”
The competition also awards a number of annual special prizes which may vary from year to year. One of the highlights of this year’s special award was Chris Byrne’s Amazing Aerial Award shot, providing an abstract and breathtaking glimpse inside a volcano in Iceland.
Take a closer look in our gallery at some of the handpicked highlights from this essential landscape photography competition.
Source: International Landscape Photographer of the Year