Great Outdoors

The grand prize in the 2019 Great Outdoors Photo Contest goes to Richard Langer for the image, “Napali Storm”.

Sony a7R II, Sony FE 24-240mm f3.5-6.3 OSS at 24mm. Exposure: 1/1000 sec., ƒ/6.3, ISO 320.
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Second place in the 2019 Great Outdoors Photo Contest goes to Douglas Croft for the image, “River Bend”.

Nikon D7000, AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR. Exposure: 1/200 sec., ƒ/8, ISO 200.
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Third place in the 2019 Great Outdoors Photo Contest goes to Kelly Moran for the image, “Big Sky Country”.

Canon EOS-1D X, Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM at 25mm. Exposure: 1/8000 sec., ƒ/3.2, ISO 100.
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Finalist Klaus Priebe

Nikon D810, Nikon 14-24mm lens at 16mm, Induro CT315 tripod, Arca Swiss ballhead, Really Right Stuff 60mm lever release clamp, Nikon remote trigger with mirror-up shooting. f/11, ISO 100.
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Finalist Jason Stewart

Canon EOS 5DS R, EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM, Benro TMA48CXL Mach 3 9X Carbon Fiber, BENRO G3 Low Profile Ballhead with PU70 Plate. Exposure: 15 sec., f/14, ISO 100.
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more finalist of the 2019 Great Outdoors Photo Contest
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Your Flying World

Top 25 Plane Photos From Plane & Pilot’s Your Flying World Contest
The number and quality of the submissions to our inaugural photo contest blew us away. We think you’ll see why.
The joy part of judging this contest is plain, and I’m confident that no words are needed to convince you of that…

FIRST PLACE: Jon Hicks, “Fiery Sunrise Over Texas
Our Grand Prize winner was a unanimous pick to be among the top three, the only photograph in the contest so recognized. In it, Jon Hicks captured a Texas sunrise that not only dominates the sky but also lights up the top cowling of his Aviat Husky (as though the machine itself has become an integral part of the landscape, which pilots know is often closer to the truth than not). The shot defies some of the most frequent admonitions in photography to offset elements and use the Rule of Thirds. This sunset is in your face and dominating the scene. Just as it is in real life. (Okay, let’s go flying now, right?) Congratulations, Jon!
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SECOND PLACE: Kent Wein, “Chasing Cristo”
Kent Wein’s “Seeking Christo” took Second Place honors. Its construction of elements complement each other compositionally and thematically, with Christ The Redeemer, the 100-foot-tall soapstone masterpiece by designer/sculptor Paul Landowski, opening his arms to all. As it approaches the giant figure, the wing of the paraglider reflects that pose, its pilot doubtless experiencing the kind of sublime experience the artist had in mind. Guest judge Jim Koepnick was impressed by the scope of the photo (not an easy thing to do with aircraft) and the counterpoint of the statue.
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THIRD PLACE: James Popovic, “Katama Airfield”
The Third Place photograph, by James Popovic, is entitled “Katama Airfield,” the airport where it was shot on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. The photograph, like Katama itself, with its grass strip and resort-style atmosphere, is one that evokes a bygone time. Many of the top images in our contest were done spur of the moment (a good reminder to have a camera ready); Popovic’s shot was carefully set up to capture a Norman Rockwell vibe, with Stearman and barn dog! Don’t fail to notice the biplane taking the skies behind the far hangar! It’s amazing everywhere you look. Judge Steve Zimmerman said that the image was, “Wonderfully evocative of an earlier age. The panoramic framing works well; muted light from the overcast sky renders the scene in subtle shades of gray; and we can only tip our hats to the photographer’s artful intent and execution…and their split-second timing.”
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Joseph Poff’s “Welcome To Seattle”
Joseph Poff caught this plane cresting Mt. Rainier and an impressive lenticular cloud on its way into Seattle, Washington. Poff, a pilot, CPA and musician, got the short from his backyard deck using a Nikon D3400 with a 70-300 mm zoom lens.
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Maciej Hatta’s “Final Moon”
For photographer Maciej Hatta, getting this shot was way more science project than snapshot. Using a planetary guide app, he figured out just when the Hunter Moon would intersect with the departure path from Westchester County Airport and nailed the shot using a Sony A7iii.

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Your Flying World Contest
By Plane & Pilot, Introduction by Isabel Goyer

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Ocean Art

Winning Images from the prestigious 8th Annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest
This competition is one of the most prestigious nature photo contests in the world, and the winning images represent some of the best underwater photographs of the year.

Wide-Angle Category
“Paradise”
5th Place – Taeyup Kim
Shot in Fakarava, French Polynesia
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Nudibranchs
“Sheep in Dreamland”
Honorable Mention – Chun Ho Tam
Shot in Lembeh Strait, Indonesia
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Portrait
“Gaspare”
1st Place – Virginia Salzedo
Shot in Puglia, Italy
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Underwater Art
“Narcissism”
4th Place – Tae Wook Kang
Shot in Daegu, South Korea
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Best of Show
“Crab-Eater Seal”
Best of Show – Greg Lecoeur
Shot in Antartica Peninsula
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2019 Ocean Art Contest Winners
By UWPG News

more at UnderWater Photography Guide

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Our Glorious Planet, Captured in Award-Winning Images

Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY) awards are run by photographers for photographers. TPOTY is truly global – wherever you live in the world and whether you are amateur or professional, beginner or expert, young or old, Travel Photographer of the Year is for you!

Travel Photographer of the Year: Katy Gomez Catalina, Spain
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Best Single Image, Art of Travel: Geoff Shoults, UK
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Winner, Oceans, Seas, Rivers, Lakes: Ignacio Palacios, Australia / Spain
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Winner, Thrills & Adventures: Brian Clopp, USA
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Young Travel Photographer of the Year – Winner, 15-18 years: Ankit Kumar, India (age 16)
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More than 20,000 images were submitted in the 2019 awards by professional and amateur photographers in 144 countries. The winning images can be viewed on the 2019 Winners’ Gallery on www.tpoty.com and will go on display from 7 April to 12 May in Coal Drops Yard, King’s Cross, a new location for TPOTY’s London exhibition. Set canal-side and just a short walk from King’s Cross station, the restored railway arches of Coal Drops Yard are home to London’s most eclectic mix of stores and dining options.

The winning images will also be exhibited in the magnificent South Transept of Chester Cathedral in June and a TPOTY exhibition will also feature at the Xposure International Photography Festival in Sharjah (17-20 September).
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The 2019 Wildlife Photo Contest

Wildlife Photo Contest Winners

Grand Prize Dennis Stogsdill
Surrounded By Chaos
We were watching yet another great crossing at the peninsula crossing when I noticed the thousands of wildebeests start to “back up” as they struggled to climb out of the Mara River. And then out of the corner I could see a lone zebra joining the fray so I locked my lens on him and watched as he attempted to progress through the mass of wildebeest and was able to snap off just this one shot.
Canon 1Dx Mark II, 1/640 sec at f8, ISO 1250
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Second Prize Jenny Loren
Becoming a Cheetah
In the Maasai Mara we were able to spend time with a female cheetah and her three cubs. We watched the mom as she attempted to hunt and we even saw her fight off a hyena that was trying to get her cubs one day. It’s a tough life for the mom. Meanwhile her cubs like to have a lot of fun. On this day while she was looking for prey they took off into a field chasing each other around playing. What we noticed is that they were gaining a lot of the skills they would need as adults to survive. They had a good time jumping on each other dragging the other one down. But the one that stood out was seeing them run. They were getting ready for speed.
400mm 2.8, ISO 800, 1/3200, Canon 1DX
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Third Prize Eric Williamson
Sea Bears
Sea Bears photo was taken on July 11, 2015 on the beach of Lake Clark National Park, Alaska. A very fogging morning and our plane was on standby. The tide was out and these two COY’s (cub or the year) were out with mom learning how to dig up clams to eat. This photo was taken as the two were following mom to a new clamming spot. I was able to get the lens low at their level in order to keep the perspective correct.
Equipment Used: Camera: Canon EOS-1D Mark IV Lens: Canon 500mm, f4, IS Support: Really Right Stuff 34L tripod Head: Really Right Stuff BH55 ball head with a Wimberly Side Kick gimbal.
Photo Specs: Focal Length: 500mm F number: f/5 Exposure time: 1/500 ISO: 1250 Metering mode: Spot
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Finalist Don Martin
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Finalist Butch Mazzuca
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The 2019 Wildlife Photo Contest
more at Outdoor Photographer

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The Epson International Pano Awards

The 10th Epson International Pano Awards is dedicated to the craft and art of panoramic photography.
Advances in digital photography and editing software have resulted in an ever-increasing rise in the popularity of image stitching, especially in the panoramic format. VR ‘immersive’ photography also continues to excite and develop at a rapid pace, and panoramic film photography remains alive and well.
The Epson International Pano Awards showcases the work of panoramic photographers worldwide and is the largest competition for panoramic photography.

2019 Curators Award
Simon Roppel, Switzerland
The Drowning, New Zealand
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Open Photographer of the Year
Mieke Boynton
Dragonfire, Braided Rivers Of Southern Iceland
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2019 Major Amateur Winner
Carlos F. Turienzo, Spain
Waterfall Lofoten, Norway
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2019 Epson Digital Art Prize
Mark Gray, Australia
Enchantment, Vatnajokull Glacier, Iceland
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Nikon Award
Danny Tan, Australia
Solitude, Torres Del Paine
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View the 2019 Winners Galleries at The Epson International Pano Awards

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The 2019 EyeEm Awards

The Winners are here! Selected from 1 Million submissions, we announced our Photographer of The Year and our 10 category Winners this weekend at Berlin Photo Week 2019 at The 2019 EyeEm Awards Ceremony.

EyeEm Photographer of the Year:
Kate Phellini
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The Foodie
Arief Dharma Kurniawan
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The Great Outdoors Presented by Red Bull Illume:
Jeffrey Kieffer
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The Traveler Presented by MPB:
Sandra Morante
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The Creative Presented by Skylum:
Vitaly Golovatyuk aka Panvelvet
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The Architect:
Gabriella Achadinha
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The Minimalist:
George Kroustallis aka Minorstep
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The 2019 EyeEm Awards represents a distinctive platform for global creative talent to get discovered. Open for all photographers and creative thinkers, EyeEm’s annual photo awards has been created with one purpose – to showcase groundbreaking photography from emerging artists.

Upholding the title of the largest photography competition in the world since 2015, The 2019 EyeEm Awards broke one million submissions!

The Winners are here!
more at eyeem

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