These award-winning photos show planet Earth in ways you’ve never seen it

It’s easy to get caught up in worrying about how crazy the world is. But sometimes it’s important to stop and remember that it’s also beautiful. …

Hougaard Malan of South Africa won the single image « International Landscape Photograph of the Year » award with this shot of Ruacana Falls in Northern Namibia.
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The second-place single image award was won by Simone Cmoon for this shot from Lofoten, Norway.
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Eberhard Ehmke came in third in the single image contest with this overhead shot of Hessen, Germany.
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There’s something haunting in Poppe’s shot from Deadvlei, Sossusvlei, Namibia. A third image from the third-place winner of the « Photographer of the Year » contest.
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And the contrast in texture here in this other shot from Deadvlei, Sossusvlei, Namibia, is fascinating. A fourth image from the third-place winner of the « Photographer of the Year » contest.
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Ignacio Palacios won the « Square Arial » award with this painting-like image from Marismas del Guadalquivir, Spain.
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These award-winning photos show planet Earth in ways you’ve never seen it
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Winners of Pictures of the Year International

This year’s Pictures of the Year International contest recognizes the work of photographers on daily newspaper assignments or long-term projects to recognizing new ways of visual storytelling.

potyi02aMarcus Yam/Los Angeles Times
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potyi02bPete Muller/PRIME for National Geographic
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potyi02cA mother and son at the makeshift refugee camp in Idomeni, Greece. (First place, General News.)
Olmo Calvo
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potyi02dMarcus Yam/Los Angeles Times
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Pete Muller was named Photographer of the Year in the 74th Pictures of the Year International competition, for a portfolio that largely explores concepts of masculinity. Marcus Yam of The Los Angeles Times was named Newspaper Photographer of the Year.

more by James Estrin at The New York Times

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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more at Underwater Photographer of the Year

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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more at TPOTY

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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