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
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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
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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
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Rural Vistas

A special thanks to all the photographers that shared their best rural shots in this photo contest

Congratulations Grand Jury Winner “Lost in time!!!!! ” by erickgarza
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Congratulations Runner Up “Lost in the mist.. ” by elenapardini
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Congratulations Runner Up “bellings ” by joecas
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Congratulations Runner Up “THE MILL ” by vladsokolovsky
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Congratulations People’s Choice “Morning Revelation 2 ” by Hstarr
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’scapes

I guess you could call me an ‘obsessive photographer’, having been passionate and single-minded about photography for almost sixty years. I was brought up in the Sussex countryside, and loved roaming the woods and felds when I was a kid. So when I was given an Agfa Silette 35mm camera for my 21st birthday, I naturally went into the landscape for my images. It wasn’t long before I bought an enlarger as I wanted to make prints myself rather than have them processed elsewhere. Of course, it was all black and white then – colour was complex and expensive.

The craft of making pictures in a darkroom was a steep and challenging learning curve, but one that I found very exciting. To be able to transform an uninteresting ‘straight’ print into something expressive and special was very fulflling. I quickly learned to use tonal controls like burning and dodging where the whole mood and feel of a picture could be greatly enhanced.

Those darkroom skills stood me in good stead when I started making digital prints, as I apply similar principles and methods. I rarely do anything to an image that I couldn’t previously have done in the darkroom, except for removing unwanted intrusions or distractions. Digital processing of course makes things much easier, as there is very fne control over every aspect of the process – and it is usually reversible if things go wrong.

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’scapes
Cameracraft Portfolio
by Colin Westgate

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Black and White ‘Garden Photography’

The IGPOTY calendar begins with the brilliant Black & White Photo Project. Be creative, explore different botanical shapes and take advantage of the texture, patterns and shapes emphasised by the increased contrast of black and white.
You can use the existing IGPOTY main categories to theme your black & white images only within the realms of ‘garden photography’.
Through use of black and white, aim to capture a new experience, essence or feeling that colour will struggle to express.

‘Jumping Over Karma’
Simon Hadleigh-Sparks – 1st Place
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‘Weeping Willow’
Carolyne Barber – 2nd Place
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‘Damselfly Umbrella’
Minghui Yuan – 3rd Place
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‘Arctic Poppies’
Margaret Sixsmith – Finalist
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‘Samaras’
Danièle Dugré – Highly Commended
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Black and white is a diverse, modern and powerful thematic style that works perfectly with botanical subjects. Winners of this Photo Project have all showed fantastic originality and intention, setting out to achieve a black and white image from the outset that belonged in black and white for a specific reason, rather than converting an old colour image. In this way the photograph gains considerable value, impact and integrity.

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The B&W Look

A special thanks to all the photographers that shared their best landscape photos in B&W in this photo contest

Mirror of the sky by aidagri
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Silver Sunset by BlackRockPhoto_PaulSmith
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The Dark Side by Ricardo_Mateus
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The Crying Tree by GeorgeDigalakis
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Long exposure shot of Bow Lake during sunrise by beautifulpixels1
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Church by jansieminski
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The Wanaka Tree by jacobmarsh
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