Dissecting Award Winning Shots

Photographing natural landscapes is always exciting and we go to beautiful locations to discover, explore and capture our experience. Gaining the confidence and understanding of how to build these images to an award-winning standard can be a very fulfilling and worthwhile pursuit and empower you to share more of your work and grow much more into your potential as an image-maker. This eBook has been developed over time to contain some great tools and reflections to this end.

I have handpicked a selection of landscape images that have received an array of national and international photographic awards and accolades to showcase and explore in depth key aspects of composition, technique, light and storytelling that help contribute to their success.

Unlock the ingredients to stunning photos you’ll be proud of

“My goal with this book is to share my knowledge, accelerate your journey to creating award winning imagery and hopefully save you valuable time and avoid much of the heart break I have been through in the process.“ Ignacio Palacios
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Dissecting Award Winning Shots: Landscapes Vol.1
Dissecting Award Winning Shots: Landscapes Vol.2

By Ignacio Palacios, Master of Photography

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Astonishing Shots of Birds Getting Their Grub On

Birds need to eat a lot to survive—a lot. All that flying around, foraging, and attracting a mate requires loads of energy, after all. For many birds, staying fueled up can mean eating anywhere from 5 percent to 35 percent of their body weight in food on a daily basis. Hummingbirds can eat a staggering 100 percent of their own bodyweight in nectar alone. …

Great Egret. Photo: Peter Brannon/Audubon Photography Awards
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Greater Roadrunner. Photo: Barbara Baird/Audubon Photography Awards
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Hooded Merganser. Photo: Dorian Anderson/Audubon Photography Awards
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Least Bittern. Photo: Peter Brannon/Audubon Photography Awards
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Reddish Egret. Photo: Tim Timmis/Audubon Photography Awards
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more in “Nom Nom: 22 Astonishing Shots of Birds Getting Their Grub On”
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EISA Photography Awards 2016-2017

EISA Photography Awards 2016-2017

EISA08aEuropean DSLR Camera 2016-2017
Canon EOS 80D

The Canon EOS 80D is more than just another SLR. Canon has brought a camera to the market that incorporates many innovative functions for photo and video. The key feature is Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF which enables fast focussing during live view and video, and which is also supported by the new Power Zoom Adapter PZ-E1 which works together with the new EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM kit lens. The AF is also greatly improved and now sports 45 cross-type sensors, while the high resolution vari-angle LCD allows touchscreen operation. Last but not least the EOS 80D has a class leading image quality.
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EISA08bEuropean Prosumer DSLR Camera 2016-2017
Nikon D500

The D500 is Nikon’s fastest and best DX-format DSLR to date. Capable of shooting at 10 frames per second, it’s perfect for action photography. Nikon’s latest 153-point AF system provides very fast and precise focus, particularly with moving subjects. A newly developed 20.9-million-pixel DX sensor gives superb image quality, and with a maximum standard sensitivity of ISO 51,200 the D500 is especially good for shooting in low light. Build quality and handling are superb with a large, bright viewfinder and tilting rear touchscreen display. The ability to record 4K video and Nikon’s new SnapBridge connectivity rounds off a hugely impressive DSLR.
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EISA08cEuropean Professional DSLR Camera 2016-2017
Canon EOS-1D X Mark II

The Canon EOS-1D X Mark II is the fastest DSLR ever, making it the best tool for the professional sports photographer. It can take 14 images per second of moving subjects, an impressive achievement that’s particularly useful for action photography. Compared to the previous model Canon has increased the still image quality significantly, and improved the autofocus particularly when using lenses with extenders. The video function is also much more advanced with high quality 4K recording and fast autofocus in live view mode. All the improvements together with the rugged body make the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II an even better all-round camera than its predecessor.
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EISA08dEuropean Consumer Compact System Camera 2016-2017
Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II

The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II is a compact and lightweight camera with excellent ergonomics. With a 16.1-million-pixel Four Thirds Sensor, a high-end electronic viewfinder with 2.36 million dots and fast autofocus it is technologically state-of-the-art and delivers pictures of high quality. Thanks to the 5-axis image stabilisation the camera is well suited for low light situations. This feature is also very useful when making videos. Built-in WiFi lets you control the camera via smartphone or upload pictures to the internet. Overall the OM-D E-M10 Mark II is a very convincing package that has a lot to offer at a very affordable price.
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EISA08eEuropean Prosumer Compact System Camera 2016-2017
Sony α6300

With the new α6300 Sony has made the immensely popular α6000 even better. While retaining the compact lightweight design of its predecessor, the α6300 adds lightning fast (0.05 seconds) hybrid autofocus with 425 AF points and subject tracking 4D focus, professional-class 4K video shooting and a weather-sealed body. The new 24.2-million-pixel Exmor CMOS sensor provides excellent image quality even in poorly lit situations, along with superb video quality, while the tilting 3-inch 921,000-dot LCD screen and the bright 2.36-million-dot OLED viewfinder are able to keep track of fast moving subjects at up to 11 frames per second.
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EISA08fEuropean Professional Compact System Camera 2016-2017
Fujifilm X-Pro2

The Fujifilm X-Pro2 is a professional documentary and street photographer’s dream. With the new 24.3-million-pixel X-Trans CMOS III sensor the X-Pro2 delivers incredibly detailed pictures that can be further enhanced with Fujifilm’s realistic film simulations. The unique hybrid multi viewfinder combines an electronic viewfinder with an optical viewfinder that includes an electronic rangefinder, while the well-built weather sealed body promises reliable shooting under all conditions. Last, but not least, the Fujifilm X-Pro2 is a speed demon with up to 8fps continuous shooting and electronic shutter speeds up to 1/32,000 of a second.
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EISA08gEuropean Travel Compact Camera 2016-2017
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ100

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ100 is a solidly made, compact travel camera that gives class-leading image quality thanks to its 20.1-million-pixel 1-inch sensor and 25-250mm equivalent f/2.8-5.9 Leica zoom lens. Enthusiast photographers will appreciate its 3-inch touchscreen LCD and 1.166-mlllion-dot electronic viewfinder, Raw recording, 10fps continuous shooting, built-in Wi-Fi and 1/16,000s electronic shutter. The camera also features 4K video recording along with Panasonic’s unique 4K photo mode, which helps capture the most important moments in high quality 8-million-pixel pictures. The icing on the cake is the Post Focus function that allows the photographer to choose the focus point in-camera after shooting.
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EISA08hEuropean Premium Compact Camera 2016-2017
Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II

Sony’s Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II packs a 42.4 megapixel 35mm full-frame sensor with a high quality fixed design ZEISS lens and world’s first variable optical low-pass filter providing stunning image quality with a wide dynamic range and very low noise. The Fast Hybrid AF system with advanced phase-detection and contrast-detection guarantees razor-sharp images and with the powerful BIONZ X processor you will never miss a precious moment. The retractable XGA OLED Tru-Finder and a tiltable LCD screen offer great freedom to capture creative compositions. This premium compact camera is a true winner in every aspect.
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EISA08iEuropean Photo & Video Camera 2016-2017
Sony α7S II

Avec l’α7S Mark II, Sony offre aux professionnels l’outil adéquat pour créer des vidéos d’une qualité optimale ainsi que d’excellentes images fixes quelles que soient les conditions de leur captation. Son capteur plein écran Exmor CMOS de 12,2 millions de pixels maîtrise les tournages avec une sensibilité élevée qui peut devenir maximale avec l’ISO 409600. De plus, sa plage dynamique élevée, sa stabilisation d’image à cinq axes et son enregistreur interne de films 4K au format plein écran tous pixels, assurent au vidéaste professionnel une qualité de résultat dépourvue de tout espèce de compromis. L’autofocus Fast Intelligent de la caméra excelle dans la vitesse et la précision, garantissant ainsi des images stupéfiantes à l’acuité formidable, y compris dans l’obscurité.
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EISA08jEuropean Action Camcorder 2016-2017
Olympus TG-Tracker

Le TG-Tracker combine l’héritage de la populaire gamme Olympus de caméras compactes Tough à la versatilité des “action cams” pour offrir un nouvel outil aux photographes et vidéastes aventureux. Capable de fournir des enregistrements vidéo 4K avec un angle de vue de 204° ainsi que des images fixes de 8 millions de pixels, le TG-Tracker se fait une spécialité du suivi des mouvements, de la position, de la pression de l’air, de la température et des accélérations lors des randonnées les plus extrêmes. Antichocs, étanche à la poussière et à l’eau, résistant au froid et à l’écrasement, il affiche en outre un son stéréo de qualité et peut communiquer via Wi-Fi ou HDMI. Pourvu de la très réputée technologie d’image Olympus, le TG-Tracker ne pèse que 180 grammes.
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EISA08kEuropean DSLR Lens 2016-2017
Tamron SP 85mm F1.8 Di VC USD

The Tamron SP 85mm F1.8 Di VC USD sets new standards of performance for a short telephoto portrait lens. It’s the first of its type equipped with optical image stabilisation, allowing the photographer to use shutter speeds up to 3.5 stops slower than usual. Optical performance is enhanced by the use of Low Dispersion and Extra Low Dispersion glass elements to minimise chromatic aberrations, and the barrel is also sealed against dust and moisture. The optical design strikes a perfect balance between sharpness at the point of focusing and producing a soft natural effect at the background, making it a perfect lens for portrait artists.
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EISA08lEuropean DSLR Zoom Lens 2016-2017
Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM Art

Sigma’s 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM Art is a fast telephoto zoom optimised for DSLRs with APS-C image sensors. This latest addition to Sigma’s acclaimed Art series covers three popular focal lengths in one (85mm, 105mm and 135mm equivalent), which makes it a very useful addition to any photographer’s arsenal. The optical design delivers excellent image quality, and the ultrasonic HSM motor provides silent and accurate autofocus. Thanks to the maximum aperture of F1.8, the lens allows creative use of shallow depth of field. Its high build quality and excellent handling are what we have come to expect from Sigma’s Art series.
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EISA08mEuropean Professional DSLR Lens 2016-2017
Canon EF 35mm F1.4L II USM

The Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM gives exciting performance: it is the best 35mm lens on the market. Image sharpness is unbelievably high, both at the centre and at the edges, even at f/1.4. Canon uses key technologies as SubWavelength Structure Coating (SWC) to increase light transmission, reducing both flare and ghost images. In addition a Blue Spectrum Refractive (BR) lens, made of organic material, enables very efficient correction of axial chromatic aberration that’s impossible to correct by software. The 9-bladed aperture diaphragm creates very attractive bokeh and a seal on the mount protects the camera from dust and moisture.
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EISA08nEuropean Compact System Zoom Lens 2016-2017
Fujinon XF100-400mm F4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR

The Fujinon XF100-400mm F4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR is a super telephoto zoom that gives a 150-600mm equivalent range when used on Fujifilm APS-C sensor cameras. It’s a very good complement to the new X-T2 camera, giving X system users access to sport and wildlife photography. High-end technologies including ED glass deliver excellent image quality, even when the lens is used wide open, and autofocus is silent and very fast. The lens is very light for its range, yet the quality of construction is very high and the lens is weather sealed. With effective optical stabilisation, it’s easy to use without a tripod.
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EISA08oEuropean Professional Compact System Lens 2016-2017
Sony FE 85mm F1.4 GM

The Sony FE 85mm F1.4 GM telephoto prime lens is destined to become very popular with ambitious portrait photographers. The optical design and the use of special lens elements ensure that the lens delivers the extremely high resolution demanded by modern cameras. The circular aperture with 11 blades provides a smooth and appealing background blur, while Sony’s original Nano AR Coating reduces flare and ghosting with backlit subjects. The ring drive SSM motor system with two position sensors supports fast and accurate autofocus. As is to be expected from a professional lens, the Sony FE 85mm F1.4 GM is dust and moisture resistant.
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EISA Photography Awards 2016-2017
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National Award 2016 Winners | 2016 Sony World Photography Awards

About the National Awards
Now in its 4th year, the hugely successful National Award programme works across 61 countries, from Australia to Argentina, Russia to Vietnam, and is unique in its scope and reach.
For this year’s competition, an expert panel was tasked to uncover and honour the best single image taken by a photographer from each National Award country, entered into any of the ten Open categories of the 2016 Sony World Photography Awards.

WPAsonyNA03aVietnam National Award
Minh Thanh Ngô, Winner
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WPAsonyNA03bVenezuela National Award
Enzo Caraballo, Winner
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WPAsonyNA03cTaiwan National Award
Wang Tai Ran, Winner
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WPAsonyNA03dSlovakia National Award
Peter Svoboda, Winner
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WPAsonyNA03ePhilippines National Award
Manex Sungahid, Winner
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WPAsonyNA03fNorway National Award
Arnfinn Johansen, Winner
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WPAsonyNA03gEstonia National Award
Andrei Reinol, Winner
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WPAsonyNA03hCroatia National Award
Petar Sabol, Winner
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WPAsonyNA03iChina National Award
Longxiang Xie, Winner
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WPAsonyNA03jEcuador National Award
Víctor Vargas, Winner
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WPAsonyNA03kAustria National Award
Stefan Thaler, Winner
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WPAsonyNA03lFinland National Award
Matti Virtanen, Winner
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a lot more at: worldphoto