Here are the results of our 2011 Landscape Photo Competition. With around 6,500 entries, judging this contest was another difficult task! The standard of images entered was better than ever and we enjoyed exploring the world through your pictures. Thank you to everyone who entered and congratulations to all of the fantastic photographers who have made it into the final selection below.
Our Landscape Photo Contest Winner is Terry Dolle, well done! His photograph shows the spectacular winter ice formations at Niagara Falls and transports the viewer to a surreal and other-worldly place. The people at the bottom of the shot provide a sense scale and the spray from the waterfall adds an ethereal quality. Congratulations to Terry for capturing a very interesting, original and striking landscape photograph.
Beached Ice Whale by Terry Dolle
“When the winter ice melts at the base of Niagara Falls some absolutely stunning formations are created. Here the ice resembles a beached whale. At the bottom-center of the photo are people wearing red raincoats.”
Equipment: Canon 40D
Terry Dolle – Photo Locations: Canada, USA, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Portugal, UK, Greece, Germany, Nepal, Bangladesh, Thailand, Vietnam and China.
Guest Speaker for one class, Niagara School of Imaging, Brock University, St. Catharines ON Canada, “How to Make a Living as a Nature Photographer” Aug 2010.
Congratulations to our runners-up, Krzysztof Browko and Chan Kwok Hun. Krzysztof Browko’s striking image of six green trees in a golden field is beautifully composed with lovely colours and wonderful light. Chan Kwok Hun’s photograph transports us to an exotic, faraway place. The placement of the fishermen and the splash of the net as it hits the water complete the image perfectly.
Six… by Krzysztof Browko
“Agricultural areas, fields, South Moravia”
Equipment: canon 5d+canon 100-400
Krzysztof Browko – I’m 38 and I live in Opole although I come from completely different part of Poland. I make my living as an IT specialist. Photography is my passion which helps me not only to break from daily routine but also to stop and notice things that we sometimes miss in everyday life.
YingXi by Chan Kwok Hun
“Taken in YingXi of China, a fisherman fish in afternoon.”
Equipment: Canon 1D Mark3
Chan Kwok Hung – I want to convey the good side and dark side of our living world. People’s expressions and emotions appeal to me and they are an important part of the picture.
Highly Commended Images
Our highly commended images are fantastic shots that illustrate the amazing variety of entries we received. Congratulations to everyone who made it onto this list!
The Anger of Nature by Agung Nurhidayat
“Eruption of Mount Bromo in East Java, Indonesia”
Equipment: Canon EOS 1000D
Agung Nurhidayat – I love photography, and wanna be a good photographer.
Silhouette at Deadvlei by Michael Toye
“The setting sun bending round the trunk of a long since dead acacia tree in Deadvlei, Namibia.”
Equipment: Canon 5D Mk II, 17mm T-SE
Michael Toye – Amateur photographer for over 7 years. Started with portraiture and moved to landscape. Low light shallow DoF shooting at f/1.2 is an obsessive passion.
Penguin River by Samantha Crimmin
“Watching the clouds at Penguin River, South Georgia”
Equipment: Canon 5D Mk II
Samantha Crimmin – I am currently working and living on the sub Antarctic island of South Georgia, since arriving here photography has become a passion.
Colourful Monster by Troy Barrett
“When nature gets really angry!! Western Kansas”
Equipment: Canon 7D
Troy Barrett – I have a life long interest in meteorology and just love all aspects of the weather. In the last few years I have started to try some weather photography and have loved every moment of it.
Morning Reflection by Markos Berndt
“Sunrise on Lake Michigan a morning where everything just worked.”
Equipment: Minolta Dimage, tripod, ND grad fliter
Markos Berndt – Markos is a amateur photographer from Wisconsin, he has been taking images for about 10 years. He uses a Canon 5D and shoots mostly land and waters-capes, while occasionally dabbling with flowers. He is attempting to branch out a little more to expand himself.
Bittersweet Serenity by Mike Cavaroc
“In April of this year, spring had begun pushing in temps in the 30s and 40s into the Grand Teton National Park, thawing out much of the water, along with the snow. Due to the amount of snow the area had received this year, the dam upstream was opened up to empty the lake, thus thawing out Oxbow Bend earlier than normal. Snow was beginning to look very patchy until another winter storm blew in one night transforming the landscape back into winter. As dawn broke on the next clear morning in about 15 degrees (F), I was able to capture a nearly impossible winter scene: a landscape mostly covered in snow and a thawed out Oxbow Bend.”
Equipment: Canon 5D, Canon 70-300mm
Mike Cavaroc – Got my first camera in 2004 and shortly after moved out to Phoenix, Arizona, USA. It remained a hobby until about 2007 when I began seriously pursuing a photography career. In 2008 I packed up and moved to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA to focus more on wildlife and nature of the area.
A Walk in The Clouds by Rosa
“Heavy Rain with dark clouds comes to Jakarta, Indonesia, on 16th March 2011. “
Equipment: Nikon D300
Rosa – A photographer and also a traveller. My obsession is being visual story teller, so I can tell the stories about people and places from the edges of the earth.
Mourning Star by Nikita
“A striking scene of an urban sunset in Moscow, Russia.”
Equipment: Nikon D60
Mona Rush by Tim Donnelly
“A wonderful stormy morning at the amazing Mona Vale Tidal Pool made for some powerful scenes. Mona Vale Australia.”
Equipment: Canon 400d, Canon 10-22
Tim Donnelly – Having lived in Sydney all my life, the beach has always been a source of inspiration. Whether visiting for a swim, board, rest or taking the kids for fun, I know the beaches quite well. Since purchasing my first DSLR in 2007 and being fascinated by its mechanics, photography has opened up a whole new way to view the world. The construction of photos meant new possibilities for visiting and exploring the beaches that I loved as a kid. We truly are blessed to have such a varied landscape in Australia to choose from and with Mother Nature’s help, that perfect shot is hopefully not far away.
Denali by Mike Criss
“View of Mt. McKinley with misty lake. Talkeetna, Alaska”
Equipment: Canon 40D, 28-135mm
Mike Criss – Photographer based in Wasilla, Alaska. I travel throughout the state of Alaska and capture it’s unique landscapes and wildlife.
Grand Prismatic Spring by Hannes Ortmann
“We hiked up a small hill right behind the spring. Had to wait a while until wind blew away the ascending steam. Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone NP”
Equipment: Canon EOS 5D II, 70-200mm 1:2.8, Manfrotto tripod
Hannes Ortmann – Autodidact photographer from Augsburg (Germany). Concentrating on actionsports like BMX, MTB and snowboarding. Trying to improve my landscape photography skills since last summer.
Curves by Debashis Tarafder
“The late afternoon light falls on the tea garden creating curves of light. Munnar, Kerala, India.”
Equipment: Nikon D200
Debashis Tarafder – I am a resident in India. My age is about 38 years. I am working in Railways. Photography is my passion.
Congratulations once again to all the finalists!
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