This winners collection celebrates the work of all award winning photographers capturing life in its most vivid forms. These unique and international artists constitute the best of the photographic scene and we are very proud to share their work.
Title: “Reef Shapes” - Southern Brazil
From "Art of Water", an aerial photography journey showcasing some of the world's most beautiful, surreal, and unique landscapes which were formed by water. Experience the element in all its diversity, colorfulness, an abundance of form, and fragile beauty and aesthetics. The interplay of colors turns oceans, rivers, and lakes into unique works of art. The landscape photographs blur the boundaries between natural and man-made water colorations. © Kevin Krautgartner
“Namibia from above” - Namibia
"I traveled to Namibia to seek out the oldest desert in the world, the Namib Sand Sea, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, the tallest sand dunes tower hundreds of meters into the sky. From dawn until dusk the colors of the dunes shift with the sun in stunning gradients of burnt reds and dusty pinks. From this perspective, the dunes bear a resemblance to the human form, an array of fleshy tones blending and cascading in symphony, bringing to mind our complicated relationship with Nature and its magnetic pull on the human subconscious." © Brooke Holm
“Aerial view of mine” - Dolomites, Italy
In the late summer afternoons, sunlight during the sunset is very soft and creates a soft color pallet over the Dolomite mountains in the Italian Alps. © Nicolò Taborra
“Pink Pools” - Salt Lake City, USA
The unexpected beauty of industry outside Salt Lake City. © Laurel Anderson
“The Perfect Storm” - Norway
A scene like from the movie “The Perfect Storm”. The wild sea with hurricane-like and very cold winds, the whipping snow, and the northern lights shimmering through for a short time represented a combination of situations that you will probably only experience very rarely. © Deryk Baumgaertner
“Millennium Man Shaped landscape” - Yuanyang Rice Terraces, Yunnan, China
Yuanyang's terraces are in the south of the Ailao Mountains in China's Yunnan province. For generations, the local Hani people built terraces on hillsides with slopes between 15 and 75 degrees. The terraced fields stretch across Honghe, Yuanyang, Luchun, and Jinping counties south of Honghe — 'the Red River'. © Florian Delalee
Anderson Cunha de Sao Sabas
“Lungs” - Iceland
"As seen from above, Iceland's rivers form various abstract shapes and structures. Whenever I look this picture, I see a lung. Maybe you'll see something else." © Anderson Cunha de Sao Sabas
“Larung Gar” - Sichuan, China
Located in the Sichuan province, The Larung Gar Buddhist Academy is the world’s largest monastery and highest slum, home to around 4,000 monks and nuns. © Attila Balogh
“Majestic” - Aiguilles d’Arves, France
Always in awe of the mountains, feeling like being small and insignificant compared to these majestic giants of ice and rocks. The North face of the Aiguilles d’Arves (3500m) located in the Maurienne valley. In the heart of the French Alps, the Maurienne Valley was the ancestral passage between France and Italy. © Yann Calonne
“Preikestolen” - Preikestolen, Norway
Surrounding mountains in Preikestolen, Norway. © Samuel Hardwick
– Theme: Landscape Photography / Competition Judge:Kai Hornung
Landscape photography is one of the oldest forms of photography. When taking a picture of a landscape, just like in a portrait or a scene, photographers attempt to tell a story and we wanted to discover and celebrate all the beauty and joy that nature can provide.
Join us over on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter where we’ll be sharing all our favorite images from the competition. Congratulations to all the talented photographers who made it to the final!
1ST PRIZE: Kevin Krautgartner
“This image displays harmony so wonderfully. Land and water, flowing lines and textures, all like in an organic dance with each other. Everything combined with magnificent color harmony. This image transcends into a piece of abstract art – Congratulations on this wonderful image and a deserved grand prize.“ — Kai Hornung
2ND PRIZE: Brooke Holm
“I cannot take my eyes off this amazing image. The play of light and shadow together with the soft and organic tones are stunning. And the longer you look at this wonderful image the more you discover all different kinds of textures creating even more interest – Congratulations on this unique dune image and making the 2nd place in the contest.” — Kai Hornung
3RD PRIZE: Nicolò Taborra
“A truly breathtaking image, Taborra has captured, with great lucidity, the effulgent beauty of Italy’s Dolomites. Expertly framed, using a slightly raised viewpoint, the sweeping mountain vista is presented befittingly, whilst his masterful application of the ‘golden hour’ light, confers a painting-like quality that evokes the work of Albert Bierstadt, and his fellow 19th-century Luminists.” — The Independent Photographer Editors
Kai Hornung is a landscape and fine art photographer based in Hanover, Germany. He has won several international awards and his work has been frequently published in magazines such as National Geographic, GEO, Elements, and Condé Nast.
Making images that have the ability to “sing” is what he aims for. Be it the grand and dramatic, or the small and abstract moments in which he quiets the chaos that surrounds us. Kai Hornung also writes on landscape photography and regularly conducts photography workshops.
Open to All Photography
Be part of a vibrant community: The competition award is a unique opportunity to gain exposure and provides a platform to celebrate the very best of contemporary photography.
THEME: Street Photography Deadline: 31 May 2022
“It’s not the streets, it’s where the streets lead you that’s important.” – Bruce Davidson
This month we are celebrating street photography of all styles, and are on the hunt for your most compelling examples! – Candid depictions of quotidian life; prismatic hues amongst the grey of the city; subtle moments of joy, humor, or love: we want to see YOUR streets!
1st Prize: $1000 · 2nd Prize: $600 · 3rd Prize: $400