The winners of a new landscape photo competition that rewards realism
The very first Natural Landscape Photography Prize announced the winners of its competition which promotes the best landscape photography for those who value realism and authenticity.
The new landscape photography competition – founded by Matt Payne, Tim Parkin, Alex Nail and Rajesh Jyothiswaran – aims to bring something new to the already saturated photo award industry.
The founders established a set of rules to avoid the types of deceptive digital editing techniques they describe today as commonplace in landscape photography. This is something the founders noticed through social media feeds where the lines are blurred between art and reality.
âThis current status quo is somewhat inevitable and understandable; however, when the competitions make no distinction between the two, we are faced with a conundrum: Photographers who try to work within the boundaries of the landscape they have actually experienced find it difficult to compete with photographs that stray from these constraints, âthe organization said.
The results are a fantastic showcase not only of the photographers involved, but also of the true wonder of the landscape in a way people can trust.
13,368 photographs were submitted to the competition from 47 countries by more than 1,300 photographers.
– Natural Landscape Photography Award (@natlandawards) November 1, 2021
In this first competition, the Natural Landscape Photography Awards feature four distinct categories – Grand Landscape, Intimate and Abstract, Nightscape and Aerial – as well as a Project section where photographers can submit six to 10 images that relate to each other.
The overall title of Natural Landscape Photographer of the Year was awarded to the photographer with the best collection of six images, which do not need to be linked to each other and can display a variety of content, techniques and of approaches.
First place received a cash prize of $ 5,000, a Canon EOS R5, and a Shimoda Designs Action X starter kit, with the finalist and other category winners, also awarded cash and other prizes from a $ 20,000 prize pool.
Photographer of the year
Utah-based landscape and nature photographer Eric Bennett was honored as the winner of the competition for his selection of images.
âAs a photographer who strives to show people the value of the wilderness, I’ve always enjoyed seeing and creating more subtle, personal photographs that represent nature realistically,â Bennett explains.
âTo receive this award from such a prestigious and respected group of photographers that I have always admired is a great honor for me. I hope the Natural Landscape Photography Awards can continue for many years to come, stay true to their values, and inspire other photography competitions to recognize photographers based on similar artistic principles.
Photograph of the year
Intimate & Abstract
Submissions were judged by eight industry leaders, including world renowned landscape photographers Joe Cornish from the UK and William Neill from the US.
All category winners and finalists can be viewed at the Natural Landscape Photography Awards’ website.
Image credits: All photos are individually credited and provided courtesy of the Natural Landscape Photography Awards.