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Landscape Photo Competition Results

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Here are the results of our 2012 Landscape Photo Competition. Thank you to everyone who entered and well done to the talented photographers whose images appear in the final selection below.

A big thank you to Committed Photography for providing the following prizes:

  • Winner: 16×24 framed print of your winning shot (estimated value of $250)
  • Runners up x 2: 16×24 prints unframed (value of $50 each)


Our landscape photo contest winner is Lijah Hanley. His incredible image of flowers in front of a stormy sky at sunset almost seemed too good to be real! On investigation we confirmed that the image really is representative of the scene that was in front of the photographer. In order to get all of the elements sharp and correctly exposed, the final image is made up of an exposure blend of two bracketed shots taken from exactly the same spot in quick succession. It is an excellent example of using modern digital techniques to capture a challenging scene. Congratulations Lijah!

Zeus by Lijah Hanley

Zeus by Lijah Hanley

Zeus by Lijah Hanley

“Balsamroot and lupine flowers watch as violent skies unleash their wrath over the Columbia Hills in Washington state.”

Equipment: Canon 5d Mark 2, Canon 17-40mm

Lijah Hanley – Hi, I’m Lijah Hanley and I am 16 years old. My work was recognized by National Geographic in 2009 and they gave me the amazing opportunity to travel to Peru and the Amazon Jungle with National Geographic photographers Bruce Dale and Amy Toensing. My eyes were opened to a whole new world of opportunities in the world of photography and it’s been my obsession ever since. I hope you enjoy my photos from what I hope to be the beginning of a life-long adventure.

Website: lijahhanley.com


Congratulations to our runners-up, Alamsyah Rauf and Florian Breuer!

Old Bridge by Alamsyah Rauf

Old Bridge by Alamsyah Rauf

Old Bridge by Alamsyah Rauf

“Taken in Indonesia, an old pier that was destroyed”

Equipment: Canon 5d mark 2

Alamsyah Rauf – I am freelance photographer

Quiver Trees by Night by Florian Breuer

Quiver Trees by Night by Florian Breuer

Quiver Trees by Night by Florian Breuer

“The warm glow of the distant lights of Keetmanshoop contrasts with the cool of the night sky as the Milky Way arches gracefully over a grove of quiver trees. These trees are actually giant aloes, and grow amongst dolerite boulders in hot and dry conditions. Panoramic stitch of 6 exposures, each at 30s, f/2.8, ISO 3200”

Equipment: Canon 40D, Tokina 11-16mm, Nodal Ninja 3 panoramic head

Florian Breuer – Born in 1977, I am a Mathematician, teaching at Stellenbosch University, South Africa.
I have been taking pictures (mostly snapshots of my many travels) since I was a teenager, but have only started photographing more seriously since 2009.

Website: picasaweb.google.com/FlorianBreuer

Highly Commended Images

Our highly commended images are fantastic shots that illustrate the amazing variety of entries we received. Well done to everyone who made it onto this list!

Eilean Donan Castle by Paul Farey

Eilean Donan Castle by Paul Farey

“It is Eilean Donan Castle in the Scottish highlands. Just a case of right time, right place. It was early December, 2003. It was a typical Scottish winter, cold and dreary, which made for typical wintery photographs, when mid morning the sun peeked through the clouds for a fleeting moment. It was taken using a very basic 35mm film camera, all I had at the time.”

Equipment: point and shoot 35mm film camera

Paul Farey – I’m pretty easy going and my glass is always half full. I let life run it’s course and enjoy the ride. I spend a lot of time working in Western Australia in the booming mining industry. It’s pretty hard work, and the lifestyle is actually pretty enjoyable. It gets blistering hot in the summer with temps often reaching 50 degrees, and in winter it can freeze over. I’m usually on a 4/1 roster. 4 weeks at work, 1 week at home.
I love traveling, which leads to some great photo opportunities, and love photography even more. I’ve no formal training, just growing my skills with exposure to some great and more experienced photographers.

Homeland Alley by Piotr Wyrzykowski

Homeland Alley by Piotr Wyrzykowski

“One of many old alleys on Warmia, Poland shot during low, morning light with a bit of fog.”

Equipment: Pentax K-5, Sigma 70-200 zoom

Piotr Wyrzykowski – Piotr Wyrzykowski, born 1980 in Olsztyn, Poland. A photographer for four years. Passionate in landscape of homeland, finding places of photographic potential and hunting for the best light to snap it. Entirely digital photographer, gizmo fan and a hardware pragmatist

Website: www.blog.piotrwyrzykowski.pl

Explosion of Lavender by Graham McPherson

Explosion of Lavender by Graham McPherson

“This bush looked like a firework explosion. The light at Dawn really revealed the purple tones in the Lavender.”

Equipment: Canon 5D MK II

Graham McPherson – I live n Somerset UK and am relatively new to landscape photography. Landscapes have always captured me and now I greatly enjoy capturing them at their best – usually dusk or dawn.

Website: www.grahammcpherson.com

One Word for Snow by Serkant Hekimci

One Word for Snow by Serkant Hekimci

“It was February 2012 and it is a railway… I saw these 2 guys like kids in the snow… Istanbul/Turkey”

Equipment: Nikon D 200 + Sigma 17/35 f2.8/4

Serkant Hekimci – I was born in Istanbul Turkey, I have graduated from Uludaay Uni. My department was Political Sciences. I’ve been working in outdoor advertising sector since 2004. I have also been interested in photography since 2004.
I completed my first concept works ” Station People ” and ” Coach People In The Island ” in 2009 after some independent works. My intention is to continue the photography with concept works.

Website: serkant.daportfolio.com

Sydney Opera House by Nainesh

Sydney Opera House by Nainesh

“Sydney Opera House, Australia”

Equipment: Canon 5D + Tripod

That Glorious Morning by Sandra Anderson

That Glorious Morning by Sandra Anderson

“Taken Good Friday 2011. Mangroves north of Brisbane.”

Equipment: Canon EOS 50D

Sandra Anderson – A retired mum who first entered the world of photography to understand her husband’s passion for this medium. It has now become mine as well.

Chollas Cactus Sunrise by Cliff LaPlant

Chollas Cactus Sunrise by Cliff LaPlant

“Captured this sunrise scene of Chollas Cactus just as the Sun peaked over the horizon.”

Equipment: Nikon D5000, 12-24mm Nikkor lens, Promaster Polarizer, Quantaray tripod.

Cliff LaPlant – Amateur phtographer based in Alpine California (USA). Love to photograph outdoor nature/landscapes with an emphasis on capturing something not commonly seen. Most of my photography has been captured during long hikes/climbs to remote areas within the western United States. Capturing photographs for approximately 10 years now.

Website: www.sierralara.com

The Cuillin Ridge by Colin Threlfall

The Cuillin Ridge by Colin Threlfall

“The Cuillin Ridge is a mountain range on the Isle of Skye. The mountains rise from the sea to 900Metres. The peaks themselves offer climbing and walking and from this viewpoint are very photogenic.”

Equipment: EOS 5dII, 16-35mm

Colin Threlfall – Well, I live on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. I am a walker, climber, fisherman, family-man and photographer.
My photography being coastal and mountain views. Including action in the mountains. I like to try and get a combo of water/mountain/cliffs/sky in all my best photos.

Website: colinthrelfall.wordpress.com

Open Spaces by Vittorio Ricci

Open Spaces by Vittorio Ricci

“1/320sec f8 iso400”

Equipment: Nikon D300+70/200mm f2.8+tc17EII+tripod

Vittorio Ricci – I was born in Genova, Italy in 1963 where I still live today. I’m an amateur photographer trying to take good pictures and give emotions since 1989

Website: www.vittorioricci.com

Is there anybody out there? by Gabor Dvornik

Is there anybody out there? by Gabor Dvornik

“Winter scene at the lake near my home. Hungary”

Equipment: Nikon D300

Gabor Dvornik – You can find me in each capture I take.

Website: www.wix.com/cpt_hun/dvornik

Abode of the Gods by Rajib Singha

Abode of the Gods by Rajib Singha

“Prayer flags flutter on the bank of Gurudongmar lake at an altitude of 17,800 ft.”

Equipment: Nikon D300

Rajib Singha – Served Indian Air Force between 1980 to 1991. Represented by Visageimages (Master delegates of Getty Images for Asia Pacific region).
Awarded 2nd prize in Better Photography-Canon APOY Competition in 2000. Won 1st prize three times in Alive photo competitions between 2004 and 2005. Twice featured in the Best of the Year in 2000 and 2004 in Times Journal of Photography. Awarded Certificate of Merit in Lights & Shades of Science photo competition organised by the Science & Technology Dept. of Govt. of India and R R Mehta Educational Trust in 2006. Awarded 8th place in the Friends of The Earth international photo competition in 2008. Also won and exhibited in national level salons and competitions.
Contributed and published photos in Reuters & Yahoo You Witness News, National Geographic My Shot column, The Statesman, Times of India, Hindustan Times, Anandabazar Patrika and many leading national and international photo magazines.

Website: www.flickr.com/photos/70102217@N00/

Nautilus by Erez Marom

Nautilus by Erez Marom

“One of the most amazing sights I’ve seen in Iceland was the opening to this ice cave in Vatnajokull Glacier. The patterns, colors and reflections were mind boggling, and conveyed the true sensation of being inside a natural wonder.”

Equipment: Canon 5D2, Samyang 14mm f/2.8

Erez Marom – Born in 1980, Erez Marom is a professional nature photographer based in Israel. A musician since his youth and an engineer, Erez started his way in the photography world in 2008, and has since become a leading nature photographer, publishing images, articles and instructional texts in numerous Israeli and international websites, magazines and forums.
Erez specializes in macro and landscape photography. To him, both these fields are all about capturing the intricacy and beauty of our natural world. Erez travels as much as possible to shoot the most fascinating landscapes of Israel, from the incredible Dead Sea to the shores of the Mediterranean, and often goes on photography missions overseas.
In addition to shooting, Erez dedicates a considerable amount of his time to teaching, lecturing in Israeli institutes and traveling several times a year to his favorite locations overseas to guide photo workshops. In January 2013 Erez will lead a winter landscape photography workshop in Iceland.

Website: www.erezmarom.com

Congratulations once again to all the finalists!

We look forward to seeing more of your wonderful landscape photographs in next year’s landscape photo contest. To ensure you are notified when future contests open for entries, you can subscribe to our free email newsletter (or via rss).

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  1. David Rennie said: July 20, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    I would like to add my congratulations to the winner, a truly remarkable winner. Bravo young man.

    I would also like to pose a question, what definition of Landscape Photography are you using?
    Usually in most competitions a Landscape image is to have minimal evidence of man. I do ask the question as I feel that Jetty’s, Castles, Men Skying, Roads, Opera House and Prayer Flags do not appear to have much to do with a Landscape Image in the true sense of what a Landscape is??

    Just an Observation.

  2. Piotr said: July 23, 2012 at 7:08 am

    Thanks a lot for commendation, nice to find my photo interesting. Great photos there, congratulations for winner and all others.
    Regards, Piotr

  3. Florian Breuer said: August 4, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    Thank you so much for recognizing my image!

    And my heartiest congratulations to the winner, your photo blows me away.

    For some info on how I made my shot, see here: http://floriansphotographs.blogspot.com/2012/08/quiver-trees-by-night-1.html

    Best regards,

  4. Maxime said: September 27, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Wow those pictures are amazing. “That Glorious Morning” by Sandra Anderson is so peaceful..

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