Photography competitions make great sources of creative inspiration so we’re always keeping an eye on the most interesting out there. This time, we have something especially for all you landscape photographers out there. To conclude its 2018 run, the International Landscape Photographer of the Year recently revealed some beautiful winning entries that are sure to wow and inspire.
The competition garnered almost 3,000 entries from 863 professional and amateur photographers worldwide. All were invited for a chance to be chosen as the International Landscape Photographer of the Year for a portfolio of four photos, and a single image as the International Landscape Photograph of the Year.
Adam Gibbs from Canada bagged the 2018 International Landscape Photographer of the Year award for his winning portfolio which showcases a “diversity of views, an understanding of light and the expert use of framing and composition.”
While his current gear is comprised of a Nikon D850 with 14-24mm, 16-35mm,24-120mm, and 70-200mm lenses, Gibbs said his approach is to keep his photos accurate to form without resorting to too much post-processing.
“Since I’m still a bit old school from the film days, I tend to try and capture the majority of my images in a single frame. I don’t have strong views on image manipulation, other than I find more joy in capturing great light and composition on site, rather than creating something that didn’t exist when I took the photo. My love of nature and the outdoors is much stronger than my desire to make images, so for me, pictures taken at the moment have far more integrity and personal meaning than those made later in a computer.”
Greg Boratyn of USA and Peter Svoboda of Slovakia claimed the Second Place and Third Place respectively for their nonetheless impressive portfolios.
2018 International Landscape Photographer of the Year 2nd Place – Greg Boratyn, USA
2018 International Landscape Photographer of the Year 3rd Place – Peter Svoboda, Slovakia
As for the International Landscape Photograph of the Year, the honor was given to Paul Marcellini from USA for his highly creative and abstract take on the genre. While every place gives him something to enjoy shooting with his Sony A753 and Canon 17mm and 24mm tilt-shift lenses, the full-time landscape photographer chose to specialize in Florida scenery.
“I seem to love every place I spend some time in, but it is the swamps of Florida that will always be my favorite habitat to explore. I enjoy the challenge of trying to organize the chaos. It is also a pretty strong bet that I will be the only one out there and the solitude is great!”
Miles Morgan of USA and Roberto Marchegiani of Italy were awarded the Second Place and Third Place respectively for their single masterpieces.
International Landscape Photograph of the Year 2nd Place – Miles Morgan, USA
International Landscape Photograph of the Year 3rd Place – Roberto Marchegiani, Italy
The 5th International Landscape Photographer of the Year also included a bunch of special awards. You’ll find these and more on the official website, where you can also download the eBook featuring the top 101 images from the competition.