2017 Underwater Photographer of the Year Results Announced!

2017 Underwater Photographer of the Year Results Announced!

upoty2017aWinner
‘Dancing Octopus’
Gabriel Barathieu (France)
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upoty2017bBritish Underwater Photographer of the Year 2017
Winner
‘Out of the Blue’
Nick Blake (UK)
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upoty2017cMacro
Winner
‘Prey?’
So Yat Wai (Hong Kong)
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upoty2017dBehaviour
Winner
‘Your home and my home’
Qing Lin (Canada)
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upoty2017ePortrait
Winner
‘Face to face’
Ifj Lorincz Ferenc (Hungary)
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« From my own point of view, I have been captivated not only by the winning images but also by the stories behind how those images were achieved. The conception, the planning and the physical effort to achieve a successful result; it is those efforts that we, as judges, pay our respects to by taking out two days to meet up, sit together and look in detail at all the images. It is a mammoth task but one that we all agree is a privilege to be part of. »
Peter Rowlands, Chair of the jury 2017
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NOTINDOOR International Photographer of the Year 2016

NOTINDOOR International Photographer of the Year 2016

nidpoty02aFirst Place Winner – Alberto Ghizzi Panizza
The Magic of the Fog
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nidpoty02bSecond Place Winner – Ales Krivec
Bled
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nidpoty02cThird Place Winner – Alberto Ghizzi Panizza
Now that you wake me up is better for you to start running
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nidpoty02dHonorable Mention – Bruno Pisani
Among The Ancients
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nidpoty02eRunner-up – Kerry Koepping
Blue and Gold
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NOTINDOOR International Photographer of the Year 2016

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Welcome to the gallery of the 2016 winning images. We hope you enjoy them.

Travel Photographer of the Year is proud to showcase another great set of images, as the 2016 winners add fresh perspectives on our world through the eyes of talented amateur, semi-professional and professional photographers.

tpoty001aTravel Photographer of the Year 2016
Winner — Joel Santos, Portugal
This unique aerial photo shows the salt miners guiding a dromedary and donkey caravan through this desert’s unique salt patterns.
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tpoty001bYoung Travel Photographer of the Year 2016
Winner — Darpan Basak, India (age 14)
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tpoty001cYoung Travel Photographer – 14 years old & under – Places & Experiences
Winner — Ankit Kumar, India (age 13)
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tpoty001dYoung Travel Photographer – 15 to 18 years old – Places & Experiences
Winner — Courtney Moore, USA (age 18)
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tpoty001eBest Single Image in a Portfolio – Mankind
Winner — Jeremy Woodhouse, UK
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tpoty001fNatural World Portfolio – Land, Sea, Sky
Winner — Craig Easton, UK
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2016 Photographer of the Year presented by Panasonic: the winners!

2016 Photographer of the Year presented by Panasonic: the winners!

panpotyhelenwhittle01a panpotyhelenwhittle01bNew South Wales photographer Helen Whittle has won the major prize in the 2016 Photographer of the Year, the largest competition for amateur photographers in the Southern Hemisphere.
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panpotytoddkennedy01c panpotytoddkennedy01dTodd Kennedy
2016 Travel Photographer of the Year
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panpotyandysmith01e panpotyandysmith01fAndy Smith
2016 Landscape Photographer of the Year
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panpotyneilvincent01g panpotyneilvincent01hNeil Vincent
2016 Nature Photographer of the Year
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panpotyyiannisyiasaris01i panpotyyiannisyiasaris01jYiannis Yiasaris
2016 Black and White Photographer of the Year
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panpotyshinayarosehumphreys01kShinaya Rose-Humphreys
2016 Junior Photographer of the Year
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2016 Photographer of the Year presented by Panasonic: the winners!
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The winning images reveal the abundance, beauty, resilience and vulnerability of life on Earth.

Finalists from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016

wpotyf01aFairy-tale forest
Finalist 2016 – Black and White
Agorastos Papatsanis, Greece
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wpotyf01bNight blow
Finalist 2016 – Mammals
Audun Rikardsen, Norway
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wpotyf01cCrystal precision
Finalist 2016 – Urban
Mario Cea, Spain
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wpotyf01dGrub time
Finalist 2016 – 15–17 Years Old
Kim Hui Yu, Malaysia
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wpotyf01ePeck and peek
Finalist 2016 – 10 Years and Under
Carlos Perez Naval, Spain
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wpotyf01fFloe of life
Finalist 2016 – Impressions
Joanna Lentini, USA
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wpotyf01gCreature from the slime
Finalist 2016 – Reptiles, Amphibians and Fish
Christophe Salin, France
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Gallery 2016
View the winning images selected by our international jury. Wildlife Photographer of the Year champions ethical photography. Images are chosen for their artistic composition, technical innovation and truthful interpretation of the natural world.

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Outdoor Photographer Of The Year 2016 Category Winners

We are thrilled to announce the category winners of OPOTY 2016!
With over 17,000 images entered from over 50 countries around the world and a staggeringly high quality bar being set this year, the eight photographers below all deserve our accolades for coming out on top.

opoty2016aLive The Adventure by Kirsten Quist
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opoty2016bLight on the land by Stian Nesoy
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opoty2016cSmall World by Justin Garner
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opoty2016dUnder Exposed by Johan Sundelin
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opoty2016eYoung Outdoor Photographer of the Year – David Rosenzweig
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2016 Outdoor Photographer Of The Year Category Winners
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Flawless

Diamond Photographers of the Year
… You’ll see a sampling of these Diamond-worthy images on the following pages, with words from the photographers on how the photographs were conceived, shot, lit, posed, edited, tweaked, and tweaked again to achieve a flawlessly provocative final product. …

flawless01aPenelope by Dani Miller
“This little soul was adorable to photograph,” says Dani Miller, who captured the subject in her studio during a client session. “I knew that I needed to showcase her chubby rolls and bring out a Victorian theatrial look.” Sugar Hill Photography specializes in newborn and child photography.

CAMERA & LENS:Nikon D4S, AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.4G lens
EXPOSURE: 1/200 second at f/3.2, ISO 125
LIGHTING:A Profoto B1 with a 5-foot octabox
POST-CAPTURE: She brought out details with Adobe Camera Raw, used curves in Photoshop, then added textures to complete the image.
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flawless01bTail Spin by Steve Jessee
Photographing a local air show, Steve Jessee, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, was able to capture this image of a stunt plane. But the creating didn’t stop there. Using Photoshop CC, he duplicated the plane image and moved them to a new background—an image he’d captured of a sky that shared some of the same colors as the plane—and “Tail Spin” was born. Associated Photography and Framing specializes in senior, commercial, wedding, drone, and art print photography.

CAMERA & LENS:Nikon D610, AF Zoom-Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D ED lens
EXPOSURE: 1/1250 second at f/16, ISO 400
LIGHTING: Natural light
POST-CAPTURE: Adobe Photoshop CC 2015 was used to select and move the airplane to a new backghround and duplicate it around a central axis.
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flawless01cEnchanted by Ed Cooley
The setting for Ed Cooley’s image is Northern Ireland’s Dark Hedges, a narrow lane flanked by 350-year-old beech trees that have grown together into a beautiful entanglement. “My wife and I wanted to photograph the scene for the end of a gallery hallway we had just built into our new home,” he says. “Beech trees have neutral gray trunks, so I knew if I could catch the first sunlight under the tree canopy, it would light the trees a nice warm color.” What he didn’t realize is that the canopy is so thick that some of the trees would be lit from the morning sky in the opposite direction. “The contrast of warm and cool tree trunks made for a magical scene that just begged to be titled ‘Enchanted.’” Ed Cooley Gallery specializes in fine art and travel photography.

CAMERA & LENS:Sony a7R II, Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS
EXPOSURE: 1/13 second at f/16, ISO 400
LIGHTING: Natural light
POST-CAPTURE:In Capture One, version 9.1, he made raw file adjustments—white balance, contrast, highlights, and shadows. In Photoshop CC 2015 he reduced the blue saturation on the west-facing trunks and used the healing brush to darken the edges at the bottom.
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flawless01dDories at Dusk by David Jeffery
The inspiration for “Dories at Dusk” came from David Jeffery’s father, who painted harbor scenes and seascapes with oil on canvas. “Growing up, we would visit the harbors of Cape Ann (Massachusetts) and Maine to study the coastline, wharf life, and fishing boats,” he says. Last year, Jeffery, M.Photog., expanded his exploration into Nova Scotia. “I was discouraged, driving across the mainland of Nova Scotia, with the bright blue, cloudless sky, but as we left the inland and neared the coast we saw a gigantic fog bank ahead and my navigator exclaimed, ‘That’s the direction of Peggy’s Cove,’” he explains. “Heart pounding, we pulled into Peggy’s Cove harbor and I was delighted the tourists were well ahead at the lighthouse, leaving a peaceful sunset in the cove for me to work with undisturbed, the fog soon dissolving into a gorgeous sunset.” David Jeffery Photography specializes in panoramic landscape and fine art photography.

CAMERA & LENS:Olympus OM-D E-M1, Olympus M.Zuiko ED 12-40mm f/2.8 Pro lens
EXPOSURE:There were five exposures, two stops apart on a tripod—1/3,200, 1/800, 1/200, 1/50, 1/13 second—at f/8, ISO 200.
LIGHTING:Natural light
POST-CAPTURE:Bracketed exposures were tone-mapped with Photomatix to gather all the light and range of tones. Photoshop was used to dodge and burn and for small refinements, and Google Nik Color Efex Pro was used for vignette.
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flawless01eThe Edge of Magic by Kenneth Stoecklin
The “Edge of Magic” was made on a trip to England. “Stonehenge was one of my bucket list locations during the trip,” says Kenneth Stoecklin. Beartooth Photography specializes in commercial, portrait, and fine art photography.

CAMERA & LENS: Nikon D800, AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED lens
EXPOSURE:Multiple exposures at f/16, multiple ISOs
LIGHTING:Natural light
POST-CAPTURE: Multiple exposures were blended and processed via Lightroom CC, Photoshop CC, Photomatix Pro and Topaz Labs
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Flawless
Diamond Photographers of the Year

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