International Garden Photographer of the Year

International Garden Photographer of the Year is the world’s premier competition and exhibition specialising in garden, plant, flower and botanical photography.

Purple Swirl by Jackie Kramer
Finalist – Macro Art
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Red Ribbons by Linde Stewart
Finalist – Macro Art
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Standing Alone by Yi Fan
2nd place – Wildflower Landscapes
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Marbled White Butterfly by Ross Hoddinott
1st place – Wildlife in the Garden
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Noir Flohay by Bart Heirweg
2nd place – Trees, Woods & Forests
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All Together by Mauro Tronto
2nd place – Breathing Spaces
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The Miao Terraces by Mingli Tian
3rd place – Bountiful Earth
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Congratulations to everyone who won this year and thank you to everyone who took part in our 10th Anniversary competition.

more finalists and winners at igpoty

World Photographic Cup

World Photographic Cup
2017 Winners

Pepe Soho, Mexico
Nature – Gold Medal
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Eelena Malsheva, Russia
Portrait – Gold Medal
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Antti Karppinen, Finland
Illustrative – Gold Medal
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Lee Howell, United Kingdom
Wedding – Gold Medal
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Dušan Holovej, Slovakia
Commercial – Gold Medal
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Goh Wee Seng, Singapore
Reportage – Gold Medal
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Andreas Zopf, Austria
Wedding – Silver Medal
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Peter Svoboda, Slovakia
Reportage – 9th place
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Amber Griffin, New Zealand
Commercial – Silver Medal
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Barbara Breitsameter, United States of America
Commercial – 4th place
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Since its beginnings, photography as an art has brought people together. So it is not surprising that there is a special bond between photographers – regardless of where they come from. The brotherhood and sisterhood of photography is a bond that transcends language, culture, and geography. That’s the foundation behind the World Photographic Cup, an one of a kind international team competition created in 2013, celebrating photography in a way never dreamed of before. Sure, there are lots of other competitions, but there is just one World Photographic Cup.

more 2017 Winners at World Photographic Cup

2016 Annual Readers’ Contest: The Winners and Finalists

« A truly amazing collection of work by our talented readers. »

Grand Prize Winner!
During one of his frequent work-related visits to the Northern California coast, Aaron Feinberg noticed that he had once marked a location in Google Maps and the Photographer’s Ephemeris, two apps he uses to keep track of shooting locations. “Driving there I had forgotten what had made me mark the spot, but, upon arriving, I had an idea,” he recounts. While the scenery was breathtaking, Feinberg wanted to do justice to the architectural form of the cave. “The sweeping walls of the cave draw the viewers into the frame, and the light and sky do the rest,” he says. To make his image match more closely what he saw, he made two exposures—one of the starry sky and one of the cave and surroundings—and composited them in post. “This twilight image was taken as a way to get enough depth of field using a lower ISO before the light dropped too much, and the sky image was taken with star-shooting settings.
TECH INFO: Nikon D800 with 14–24mm f/2.8 Nikon AF-S FX Nikkor lens at 14mm. Sky: 30 sec at f/3.5, ISO 3200. Cave: 4 sec at f/6.3, ISO 800. Edited in Lightroom 5 and Nik Color Efex Pro 4.
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Animals Category Winner
During an afternoon walk in early spring through Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada, Christopher MacDonald spotted a fox perched on a snowbank. Having already set up with his tripod-mounted camera to shoot a pine marten hurrying up a tree, the photographer was able to instantaneously transition to photographing the fox once it appeared in his line of sight. “I love foxes as subjects, especially in the winter when their coats are full and colorful,” he says. “When I looked at the scene I knew I wanted a portrait that showed both the fox and the snow accumulation on its head. With the dark background and falling snow, a tighter shot seemed appropriate to me.” MacDonald worked to make his furry portrait subject stand out against the darkened forest background by using Photoshop to adjust levels, use selective sharpening, remove sensor spots, and reduce noise in the background. “I wanted the forest to blend away in the snow and just give the tinge of the pine colors,” he says.
TECH INFO: Tripod- and gimbal-mounted Canon EOS-1D Mark IV with 100–400mm f/4.5–5.6L Canon EF IS lens at 300mm; 1/400 sec at f/5.6, ISO 1000. Edited in Photoshop CC.
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Cities and Architecture: Winner
On a trip to Portland, Oregon, with his local camera club, Raymond Klein found himself standing at a tram station looking northeast over the Marquam Bridge. To the right of his view stood beautiful Mt. Hood, and Klein could not resist attempting to include the natural sight in his shot. Though impossible to compose in a single frame, assembling the cityscape and natural surroundings became feasible through a composite image. Klein captured images of the mountain, the clouds, and the bridge separately, moving his camera and swapping lenses as the beautiful sunlight hit each element of the scene. He took several exposures of these three subjects, allowing him to pick the best when creating the composite in postproduction. “I brought each image onto the screen and turned each into an individual layer; once I had completed [the process]…I felt I had achieved an image worth preserving,” he told us.
TECH INFO: Tripod-mounted Canon EOS Rebel T5i with both 18–55mm f/3.5–5.6mm Canon EF IS and 75–300mm f/4–5.6 Canon EF IS lenses. Mountain: 75–300mm lens at 200mm, 1/50 sec at f/7.1 ISO 100. Clouds: 18–55mm lens at 18mm, 1/50 sec at f/4, ISO 100. Bridge: 75–300mm lens at 110mm, 4 sec, f/22, ISO 100. Edited in Photoshop Elements 12.
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Landscape: Winner
When Janne Kahila first saw a photograph of the Vøringsfossen waterfall in Eidfjord, Norway, he knew he had to go see it for himself. “The valley and the
waterfalls from both sides made the scene look almost prehistoric, which really gripped my attention,” Kahila remembers. Visiting an hour before sunset on a September evening, the photographer composed using the flowing stream as a leading line for the viewer’s eye. Both overall and graduated neutral-density filters let him set a long exposure. “I was fascinated by the way the light diffused through the fog in the valley and reflected from the stream,” he says. Kahila crafted his panoramic final frame by merging in Adobe Photoshop three separate vertical images captured with the same camera settings, after editing each individually in Photoshop Lightroom.
TECH INFO: Canon EOS 6D with 16–35mm f/2.8 Canon EF USM lens with 8-stop graduated neutral-density and 6-stop neutral-density filters, mounted on a Velbon GEO E630 tripod. Exposure, 2 sec at f/9, ISO 200; edited in Photoshop CS6 and Lightroom 5.
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Objects and Still Life: Winner
In his basement workshop, Rodney Furgason went back in time by exploring the inner workings of his grandfather’s pocket watch. “I was attracted to the old-school technology and precision of the gear works in the watch,” he explains. “It’s the opposite of all the digital tech we are exposed to now.” The photographer shot with his DSLR, with a macro lens and a ring light mounted on a Kirk focusing rail in order to capture the beautiful details hidden within the timepiece. “I like the almost abstract design of the shapes and repeating patterns of the gears as well as the tones and colors,” he says. Furgason shot five separate photos of the gears with slightly different focal points, creating a final composite image that’s sharp all the way through by stacking the group together in Helicon Focus software.
TECH INFO: Kirk FR-2 focusing rail-mounted Nikon D800 with 90mm f/2.8 Tamron SP Di VC Macro USD 1:1 lens and GiSTEQ Flashmate Model F-60N ring light; 1/6 sec at f/11, ISO 100. Edited in Helicon Focus 6.7 and Apple Aperture 3.6.
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2016 Annual Readers’ Contest: The Winners and Finalists
A truly amazing collection of work by our talented readers.
more at Popular Photography

The Power And Grace Of Horses

The Power And Grace Of Horses Photo Contest Winners

Congratulations Grand Jury Winner « Prince of the Plains » by ronmcginnis
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Congratulations Runner Up « Speed » by jules1580
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Congratulations Runner Up « Angels_of_Camargue » by Rostovskiy
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Congratulations Runner Up « White Horses » by Masher
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Congratulations Amateur Winner « Camargue mares running head on » by Helkoryo
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Congratulations People’s Choice « Ghost From The Past » by Hestefotograf
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The Power And Grace Of Horses Photo Contest Winners
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GoPix Exposée 2016 Winners Gallery

GoPix Exposée 2016 Winners Gallery

gopix11aDon’t Open That Door
1st Place
Abstract and Contemporary
by Elena Santucci
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gopix11b« dystopia »
1st Place (Grand Winner)
Fine Art and Open
by Ioannis Sidiropoulos
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gopix11cUntitle
1st Place
Landscape and Nature
by Ony Islam
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gopix11dOld-New
1st Place
People and Animals
by Hiep Nguyen
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gopix11eHighway
Finalist
Fine Art and Open
by Madiha Abdo
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GoPix Exposée 2016 Winners Gallery
more at TZ International Photography and Art Community

Unusual View Of English Coastline Wins Landscape Photographer Of The Year

Unusual View Of English Coastline Wins Landscape Photographer Of The Year

lpoty10aLandscape Photographer of the Year 2016
Matthew Cattell – Starling Vortex, Brighton, East Sussex, England
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lpoty10bYoung Landscape Photographer of the Year 2016
Hannah Faith Jackson – Mirror Bar, Glasgow, Scotland
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lpoty10cThe GREAT Britain #OMGB Award – Winner
Mark Gilligan – Finding Gold, Wast Water, Cumbria, England
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lpoty10dThe Adobe Prize – Winner
Damian Ward – Caister-on-Sea, Norfolk, England
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lpoty10eNetwork Rail ‘Lines in the Landscape’ Award – Winner
Francis Taylor – Sunshine breaks through, Ribblehead Viaduct, North Yorkshire, England
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Unusual View Of English Coastline Wins Landscape Photographer Of The Year
via ephotozine

Shadows In Nature

Shadows In Nature Photo Contest Winners

shadows10aCongratulations Grand Jury Winner “Field lines” by artursomerset
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shadows10bCongratulations Runner Up “Blown” by fronteras
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shadows10cCongratulations Runner Up “Leaf Frog” by iceman2
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shadows10dCongratulations Runner Up “Sand” by JeffSiege
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shadows10eCongratulations Amateur Winner  “Snow Pattern” by SvetlanaYanina
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shadows10fCongratulations People’s Choice “Dune” by DerekKind
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Shadows In Nature Photo Contest Winners
more at viewbug