Enter the current photo contest: Travel Photo Competition
We’ve had another tough time selecting the winning photographs for our 2010 Landscape Photography Contest… with well over four thousand entries, the task of whittling down so many technically excellent shots was quite a challenge! We would like to thank everyone who entered and we hope to see many more of your photographs in future contests!
Before proceeding, we would like to thank our terrific sponsors, Lensbaby and SmugMug, who generously donated some of the prizes. The winner and two runners-up will receive prizes as described on this page.
The winning image is a spectacular icy landscape under a night sky lit-up by stars and the beautiful aurora borealis. This photo was taken in Spitsbergen, an island in the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard. We love this picture because it really captures the remoteness and majesty of the frozen Arctic wilderness. Congratulations Witek!
Northern Lights by Witek
“Northern Lights, Spitsbergen”
Equipment: Canon 5D, Tamron 14/2.8
Witek – I am an electronic engineer, meteorologist, hobby photo & panographer.
Update: Checkout Witek’s “Northern Lights” time lapse video here!
Our runners-up are two fantastic twilight shots. The first, by Anthony, is a beautiful long exposure of a seascape with a spectacular mountain range in the background. The second, by Mitchell Krog, shows the bizarre quiver trees of Namibia. The small flock of weaverbirds returning to their nest finishes the image off perfectly.
The Twilight by Anthony
“The early snowfall in the middle of autumn makes The Seaward Kaikoura Range one of the most attractive mountain scenes on the east coast of New Zealand.”
Equipment: D700 + 24-70mm ED
Heading Home For The Night by Mitchell Krog
“Sociable Weavers make their way back to their nest as the final light from the setting sun peeks across the horizon. Namibia.”
Equipment: Nikon D3s, Nikkor 14-24mm
Mitchell Krog – I’m a landscape and wildlife photographer based in South Africa.
Highly Commended Entries
Our highly commended images are all great shots that illustrate the variety of entries we received in this contest. Congratulations to everyone who made it onto this list!
Sligachan Dawn by Freddie Ridge
“Sometimes you are rewarded for getting up at 5am and everything comes together and makes it all worth it. This was one of those days. Glen Sligachan, Isle of Skye.”
Equipment: Canon 5D and Canon 17-40L
Freddie Ridge – I have been interested in photography for the past 2 years. My primary area of interest is landscape photography and capturing the beauty and power of nature.
The Cave by Rafal Nowosielski
“Cave near Lake Myvatn. Northern Iceland with first solar radius… 15 July, 2010, about 6:01 morning.”
Equipment: Nikon d90
Rafal Nowosielski – Born In Poland in 1982. Education: University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn ‘03 with title Master of Philosophy. Interests: Walking, Photography, Fantasy Books, Travel, Basketball. Live in Husavik, North Iceland.
Around the Bend by Andrew Burson
“Driving down the windy New Zealand roads in the state of Waikato, a small wooden sign read simply and insignificantly, “_____ Falls”. After debating whether the hike would be worth it I decided to check it out. Suddenly, around this bend in the path, the sound of pounding water, a fresh, invigorating breath of air, and this scene photographed here.”
Equipment: Canon 5d body, Canon 24-105mm lens, tripod
Andrew Burson – I’m 27 years old and grew up in So. California, but am currently working construction and living in Denver. I travel the world about 6 months a year and as of about 4 years ago, started trying to photograph it.
Poetic Rage by Kieran O’Connor
“I feel more at home and alive than anywhere else when I’m standing in front of this, every bone tingles. You get a true sense of the oceans power and beauty when you are just a foot away from being swallowed up by her.”
Equipment: Nikon D90
Kieran O’Connor – I’m an amateur photography living on the east coast of Australia. What do I love about photography? The magic. To stop time in that one moment and keep it forever. It is more than a hobby for me, it is life. It is my creative voice. The freedom to show others the world, as I see it, through my lens. Standing on an empty beach as the sun rises to meet you with a new day and taking those moments home with me, is the ultimate fulfillment.
Four Men and a Mountain by Nick Adamson
“After reaching the summit of the mountain, I had about a 5 minute wait until these 4 guys showed, adding a great sense of scale to the scene.”
Equipment: Canon 40D
Nick Adamson – Love walking in the mountains and watching racing cars, hence these have been the dominant subjects of my photography for the past 5 years.
View of Torres Del Paine across Lake Pehoe by Dale Mitchell
“Nature doesn’t get much better”
Equipment: Nikon D300 and sigma 50mm – 500mm
Dale Mitchell – I have been seriously interested in photography for the past 5 years. I think that photography and nature go hand in hand with each other and I like to take photos of the natural world around me. I am 33yrs old.
Congratulations once again to everyone appearing on this page!
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