The American Landscape

The American Landscape 2018 Annual Photo Contest Winners

Grand Prize Peter Coskun
Serenity
When I made my first trip to Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge, I had a vision of what I wanted to photograph. It unfortunately was a dry year, and many of the waterfalls and creeks were at low flow. A friend of mine invited me to join a hike to one of the more remote waterfalls. We made our way up the trail only to have to drop back down a very steep embankment full of slick moss, mud and poison oak. When we got to the bottom where the creek was, I saw the scene that most come here to photograph. Being rather uninspired by the conditions, I thought I had made the hike with no photo reward, and wandered across the creek to explore a bit when I came across this vine maple that perfectly framed the waterfall. I knew right then and there this was the shot.

Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM at 17mm, Oben CT-3481 tripod, B+W circular polarizer. Exposure: 1.6 sec., ƒ/16, ISO 100.
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Second Place Christopher E. Axe
Garrapata Sea Arch
This image was taken in Garrapata State Park in Big Sur, California, at a place called Soberanes. The name Soberanes is from the name of a ranch that occupied this location before it became a state park. It was a Sunday when I spotted these large nimbus clouds developing to the north. It’s unusual to see this type of cloud on the central coast of California, so I grabbed my camera gear and headed to Garrapata. I realized that to capture the clouds I would need a subject to photograph in a northward direction. My first thought was to go to Soberanes and photograph the famous sea arch from the high cliffs overlooking the ocean. As I arrived, the clouds continued to develop and now left the entire coastal area around Soberanes in shadow and gave the ocean a dark blue-gray look.

Sony a7R II, Sony FE 24-70 mm F2.8 GM, Gitzo GT2545T Series 2 Traveler tripod. Exposure: 1.5 sec., ƒ/16, ISO 50 (foreground); 1/3 sec., ƒ/16, ISO 50 (sky).
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Third Place Miles Morgan
Turbulence
At 14,505 feet, Mt. Whitney towers above the Owens River Valley as the highest summit in the contiguous United States. Ravaged by frequent winter storms, the Eastern Sierra mountains rip the oncoming clouds apart, leaving roiling eddies and swirling mists. On rare occasions, you can actually see the air violently tumbling over the ridges and between the peaks. On this, the last morning of our trip, our standard shooting methodology had become routine. Vicious overnight winds had rocked my tent and destroyed any semblance of sleep, but nice colorful light treated my friends and I to a spectacularly photogenic morning. Mt. Whitney was wearing her usual cloudy cloak. Vivid sunrise concluded, we mounted a laughable attempt at 30 mph windswept drone photography. Struggling to control our crafts in the gusts, I took a casual glance at the Sierras. And then, suddenly, there she was. Whitney had shredded the clouds enough to expose her spires for a just a few moments, and the spastic mounting of long lenses commenced. What was an afterthought shot became the best moment of my trip. Doesn’t it always seem to happen that way?

Nikon D850, AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR at 280mm, Really Right Stuff TVC-43 tripod with Really Right Stuff BH-55 ballhead, Breakthrough Photography X4 CPL filter. Exposure: 1/2000 sec., ƒ/5.6, ISO 200.
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Finalist: The Two Step Falls by Like He
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The American Landscape 2018 Annual Photo Contest Winners
more finalists at Outdoor Photographer

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Wonders: Spectacular Moments in Nature Photography

Nature is full of fleeting wonders. This breathtaking collection of nature photography reveals rare creatures, transports us to distant landscapes, and captures uncommon moments of drama and beauty in the natural world. From a heart-pounding shot of the Wildebeest Migration to a glimpse of the elusive Pampas cat, each image tells a story about the diversity and grandeur of life on earth.

Bold, surprising, and jaw-droppingly beautiful, these photographs are all winners of the California Academy of Sciences’ BigPicture Natural World Photography Competition.

With more than 100 photographs and captions explaining the scientific phenomena and photographic techniques behind each picture, this book will captivate nature lovers, science enthusiasts, photographers, and adventurers.

Pinnacle Perch
Francisco Mingorance
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Monkey in the Snow
Jasper Doest
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Flight of the Egret
Zsolt Kudich
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Cappuccino
Giuseppe DeMasi
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The Luckiest Penguin
Paul Souders
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Wonders: Spectacular Moments in Nature Photography
via California Academy of Sciences

Sunrise Photography Tips that will get you more Likes

We call it the golden hour for a reason. Yes, sunrise and sunset are both beautiful and serene, but they also happen to provide the perfect amount of light and color to transform an ordinary photo into one worthy of record-breaking Instagram likes. We’re breaking down the ideal sunrise photography session based on location.

Snapping a Skyline Sunrise
Olympus User Gallery Contributor, Alan Glazier | Shot on an Olympus OM-D
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Sunrise Over Sand and Sea
Olympus User Gallery Contributor, Michael Garnier | OM-D E-M10 Mark II | M.Zuiko 14-42mm F3.5-5.6
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Olympus Visionary, Alex McClure | Shot with an Olympus OM-D Camera, M.Zuiko 7-14mm F2.8 PRO
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A Journalistic Sunrise
Olympus User Gallery Contributor, Michael Garnier | OM-D E-M10 Mark II | M.Zuiko 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II R
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Sunrise Photography Tips that will get you more Likes
more details at Olympus

Beautiful Landscapes of Catalonia by Carlos Girona

Carlos Girona is a talented self-taught photographer, retoucher, and traveler based in Catalonia, Spain. Carlos focuses on traveling and landsaping. He travels all over the Spain to capture spectacular nature and urban landscapes.

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Beautiful Landscapes of Catalonia by Carlos Girona
more at Landscape Photography

Mono Magic

This is very well handled image that has not been over processed. There are lovely subtle nuances to the tones with the shadows and the highlight retaining just enough detail but without appearing too ‘flat’. The transition from dark to light is ‘pitch perfect’ and cleverly done. The speckles of light on the forest floor add to the depth of the scene. Great work!

Crowd Winner : Jakub Kozioł | Morning rays
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A very clever use of tones to capture the sense of motion and energy in this absolutely beautiful image. The wonderful silky tones are subtle and rendering just enough detail where it’s needed to give a sense of detail in the subject’s face. The fleeting ghostly movement gliding through the image is simply wonderful. Well done!

Expert Winner : Jakub Karol Kowalski | Soul Of Dance
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20 Fenchurch Street by Sophie Schneeberger
Crowd second – Expert commended
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Sophie II by Mercedes María Senise
Crowd 7th – Expert commended
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Sun shining through storm clouds on the Waimakariri River, South Island, New Zealand by acc999
Crowd top 10% – Expert 7th
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Over Lago di Garda by Stan Majewski
Crowd 6th – Expert commended
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In the Mist by Kavin Koon
Crowd 3rd
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Mono Magic – Young DCPOTY | Part of Digital Camera Photographer of the Year 2018
more at Photocrowd

Landscapes and Cityscapes

Photography by Marek Biegalski

Sunbeam
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Brooklyn park view
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Manhattan sunset
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Rockabill Lighthouse
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Marek Biegalski
Landscape and Travel photographer
Photography tours and trips

more at 35photo

10 years of the world’s best space photography

See a selection of this year’s shortlisted images from aurorae and skyscapes to galaxies and the Moon. Read the story behind the photos through the words of the astrophotographers themselves.

Guarding the galaxy © Jez Hughes
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Earth Shine © Peter Ward
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Holding Due North © Jake Mosher
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Rigel and the Witch Head Nebula © Mario Cogo
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Guardian of Tre Cime © Carlos F. Turienzo
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Winners from the 2018 competition will be announced on 23 October. Sign up to our newsletter to hear the latest news and stories. Just let us know you’re interested in ‘space and astronomy’.
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Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2018 shortlist gallery
more at Royal Museums Greenwich