There’s something about landscape photography that when done well, entices me to pack all of my bags and explore the world. If, for only a moment, I could live inside of those images, I would feel more complete. It speaks volumes when a photographer can create such a detailed visual that makes me want to abandon all responsibility and explore the natural wonders of the earth.
The International Landscape Photographer of the Year contest drew in 2,604 worldwide submissions this year and many of the “Top 101 images” are beyond incredible.
International Landscape Photographer of the Year 2015
Luke Austin of Perth, Australia takes the grand prize as International Landscape Photographer of the Year 2015. The winner of this category was determined by a portfolio submission of four images.
Looking at Luke’s submission, I felt strongly that he has harnessed the power of black and white imagery. His control over his mid tones really gives the images a more dynamic range look. I’ve fallen in love with this moody yet beautiful look.
Taking 2nd place for International Landscape Photographer of the Year is Ricardo Da Cunha. This is an image that I can imagine hanging in my own home. I love the seemingly random light and cloud spot hovering over the mountain top. The way the light softly kisses the peak and falls off into shadows is clever and renders harmoniously to my eye.
Taking 3rd place for International Landscape Photographer of the Year and International Landscape Photograph of the Year is Warren Keelan. As an underwater portrait photographer, I’d be lying if I said that Warren’s surf imagery didn’t make me want to get in the ocean and try this type of photography out for myself. But then I imagine myself out there in the water with my Ikelite waterproof housing on my Canon 5D Mark III and the wave smacking me in the head, taking me under and am snapped back into reality. Welcome back to the real world, Alicia, the one where you are terrified of the ocean. I’ll keep playing in cenotes and natural springs and leave this ocean to Warren and the others like him. I do admit, I am at least a tiny bit jealous.
International Landscape Photograph of the Year 2015
The winner of the single best image, taking the title of International Landscape Photograph of the Year 2015 is Luke Tscharke. When I look at this landscape image, I see something deeper. I see the tree as myself, standing alone in the middle of nowhere surrounded by miles of outstretched land with a decision to make. Should I go North, East, South or West? Do I run away from the storm behind me or anticipate the direction it will have moved by the time I make it that far? It’s amazing how some people will look at this image and just see a tree and lightning, but I see my own personal journey. That is the beauty of art.
Five Special Subject Awards
The International Photographer of the Year contest also awarded five special subject awards:
The Mist & Fog Award: Gunar Streu, Sweden
The Long Exposure Award: Grant Galbraith, Australia
The Aerial Award: Will Dielenberg, Australia
The Abstract Award: Thierry Bornier, China
The Snow & Ice Award: Jon Martin, United Kingdom
International Landscape Photographer of the Year “Top 101”
Some of the images listed in the Top 101 of the contest really spoke to me, so I grabbed a few of my personal favorites to share. Your favorites may be different than mine so make sure to check them out and tell me in the comments below which image you would have voted to win if it was up to you!
If you’d like to know more about the Grand Prize winners, view the press release.
Do these images make you want to abandon the world you now know to lose yourself in these magical places? Do they make you wish that your bank account was overflowing with free cash to roam around the world and play? For many of us, we’ll simply have to live vicariously through them.