Theme: LANDSCAPE April 2018

  • Title: "Blue mountains"

    The abstract photograph depicting layers of nuanced earthy matter was taken in a coal mining area in the western part of Germany.

    Winning Photographer Klaus Lenzen

  • Tangle Ridge, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

    "Hiking above the tree line, into the alpine environment of tundra, snow, ice and rock, is how I get to know the mountains. The mountains as nature's greatest sculptures their testimonies of its power are all the more evident the higher one goes.

    Here the making of the mountains becomes perceivable through the tilt and fold of the rocks and the remanence of valley-carving glaciers, while jewel-like tarns, varying colors of tundra, patches or blankets of snow decorate the work of art. The result of years of picture making in various parts of the U.S. and Canada, "Above the Tree line" is a personal perspective in which the series reveals the normally unseen beauty and character of the mountains."

    Second Prize Sean Du

  • Title: "The Shimmer"

    Aerial view of Francis Peron National Park, Western Australia. Taken from a Cessna 206 airplane.

    Honorary Mention Steven Manolakis

  • "Desert Playground" - Ouarzazate, Morocco, 2018

    Finalist Alessio Lucarini

  • Title: "Namikake"

    The southern coastline of Niigata touches the northern part of the Sea of Japan. In that region, several villages had sunk into the sea as a result of coastal erosion—a process called “Namikake” in local dialect.

    "On this coast, in the darkness of night, it takes a long time to adjust my vision. Once my eyes get used to the dark, images of a big rock, trees, a lighthouse, snow and the sea jump into my vision. The images have always been there in the darkness, but they suddenly appeared to me."

    Finalist Arito Nishiki

  • Title: "Erg Chebbi Desert II" - From the series "Erg Chebbi, the tear desert".

    Finalist Yago Ruiz

  • Title: "Between void and ice"

    Finalist Chloe M. George

  • Title: "The Sound of Silence 3/3"

    Finalist Christopher-Paul Takeda

  • Title: "Maigo desu II" - Abstract multiple exposure of Tokyo, 2010- From the series "Maigo desu"

    “The thoughts behind my work is about the movement in life, time and transience, which everyone is confronted with, but can’t be seen with our eyes."

    Finalist Stephanie Jung

  • Title: "Urban Sprawl Emptiness"

    "My pictures try to extract a form of aestheticism from the mundane urban landscape. Where most people only pass through, I stop and look for some form of poetic beauty. I like repetition and seriality. I also like driving around."

    "Through my “Urban Sprawl” series, I want to photograph the in-between state found so frequently in the vast American landscape. I capture places of transition, borders, passages from one world to another. Am I leaving a city or entering a new environment?"

    Finalist Emmanuel Monzon

Congratulations to photographer Klaus Lenzen who’s image won the competition!

– Theme: Landscape Photography / Competition Judge: Luca Tombolini

Landscape photography is one of the oldest form of photography and can offer the viewer feelings of hope, isolation or peace, reflecting both the identity of the photographer and the spirit of the land. When taking a picture of a landscape, just like in a portrait or a scene, photographers attempt to tell a story. From compelling urban scenes to minimalist and undeniable pulls towards the earth, we wanted to discover and celebrate all the beauty and joy that nature can provide.!

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First Prize: Klaus Lenzen

“I like the way this picture takes the definition of landscape to an abstract level. The camera viewpoint could transcend the place itself and suggest a representation of the inner world of the photographer, adding on a spiritual quality to the image. I’m seeing a mine but thanks to the photographer’s choice the real subject is removed, leaving the synesthesia sight-feeling open for the viewer.” – Luca Tombolini

Second Prize: Sean Du

“The richness of tonal range, subtle colors and majesty of the scene are the elements that make this image stand out. As Romanticism did in painting, in this photograph I find the ability to elevate nature to a place where man could find the divine and the spiritual. If one’s soul is keen to it, here’s a good glimpse of these metaphysical stances…” – Luca Tombolini

Honorary Mention: Steven Manolakis

“A spectacular palette of colors and textures displays all the complexity and majesty of the earth’s surface from above. Perfectly framed, this abstract aerial shot is a gentle reminder of all the beauty and fragility that can be found in nature: An eternal source of inspiration that deserves no less than our utmost care, and respect.”
– The Independent Photographer Editors

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