THE RESULTS OF THE 2015 INTERNATIONAL LANDSCAPE
PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR: LUKE AUSTIN
Congratulations to Luke Austin of Perth, Australia for winning the International Landscape Photographer of the Year 2015. His portfolio of four images, after much discussion and deliberation between the judges, was elevated to first place with a cash prize of US $5000, a bespoke copy of the International Landscape Photographer of the Year book printed by Momento, and a trophy.
In second place was Ricardo Da Cunha and third place Warren Keelan.
FIRST PRIZE INTERNATIONAL LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPH OF THE YEAR 2015: LUKE TSCHARKE
2015 INTERNATIONAL LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPH OF THE YEAR
And congratulations also to Luke Tscharke for winning the International Landscape Photograph of the Year 2015. The 'Photograph' is different from the 'Photographer' in that this is the single best image overall as determined by the judging panel, whereas the 'Photographer' is the best four images. Luke wins a cash prize of US $2000, a bespoke copy of the International Landscape Photographer of the Year book printed by Momento, and a trophy.
In second place was Luke Austin and third place Warren Keelan.
THE 2015 MIST & FOG AWARD: GUNAR STREU (Sweden)
FIVE SPECIAL SUBJECT AWARDS & THE BOOK!
Of course, the real winners are the 101 photographers whose photographs get to appear in the International Landscape Photographer of the Year awards book. Click here to view the top 101 online.
However, we hope you'll download a copy of the free eBook! Click here.
We are also planning options for ordering printed versions of this exquisite publication. We'll let you know!
There were also five special subject awards and each of the winners receives an exhibition size print of their image, printed and framed by Created For Life printing and framing. The winners are:
The Mist & Fog Award: Gunar Streu, Sweden
The Long Exposure Award: Grant Galbraith, Australia
The Aerial Award: Will Dielenberg, Australia
The Abstract Award: Thierry Bornier, China
The Snow & Ice Award: Jon Martin, United Kingdom
Overall there were 2604 entries in the 2015 competition which exceeded our expectations again. Thank you to all the photographers who entered and we hope to encourage you again next year! And a big thanks to our judges: David Burnett (USA), Jim M. Goldstein (USA), Tony Hewitt (AUS), Jackie Ranken (NZ) and Christian Fletcher (AUS).
THE 2015 LONG EXPOSURE AWARD: GRANT GALBRAITH
THE 2015 AERIAL AWARD: WILL DIELENBERG
THE 2015 ABSTRACT AWARD: THIERRY BORNIER
THE 2015 SNOW & ICE AWARD: JON MARTIN
THE INTERNATIONAL LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2015 BOOK COVER
What is it that drives landscape photographers to pursue their art? For some, the capture of nature at its most wonderful is reward enough. In fact, these are the moments photographers live for and being out in the landscape is often as enjoyable as capturing it with a camera.
However, the history of landscape art is much broader than merely creating a record of nature. It is interpretive, imaginative and inspirational. Some photographers take their captures and re-map the tonality; others take several captures to produce a landscape of the mind.
We believe that all approaches to landscape photography are valid and as you view the top 101 landscape photographs for 2015, you will see exponents of many different styles presenting their rare and carefully considered compositions. Some of the landscapes are straight out of the camera, others are from the photographer’s imagination.
As The International Landscape Photographer of the Year Award matures, I believe we will develop a style or a look that is guided in part by our judges, and in part by the entrants. There’s no doubt that our judges have strongly held views on what makes great photography, but equally, we’ve invited judges who have a broad appreciation of photography. David Burnett, Jim M. Goldstein, Jackie Ranken, Tony Hewitt and Christian Fletcher have very different backgrounds and very different tastes. This cornucopia of ideas curates our wonderfully diverse collection of the top 101 landscape photographs, but it also makes choosing the best three photographers and the best three photographs very challenging.
Without in any way diminishing the accolades that will be presented to our major prize winners, I’m sure many of them will be humbled and honoured when they look at the other entries. There were many other photographs and photographers who were very strong contenders. Much discussion surrounded the merits of each image and each portfolio, so while the prize winners are justifiably honoured, the real recognition is being published in the book (it's ready and will also be released very soon).
And I hope you love it the way we do. The organisers – David Evans, Nathan Oxley and I – are keen landscape photographers, so putting together this award gives us great enjoyment. There’s still something magical about the excitement and surprise as you look at amazing photograph after amazing photograph.
This year, we attracted 2604 photographs from 481 photographers. We had entrants from all corners of the globe, but once again, a large proportion came from Australia and New Zealand where the competition is based. However, half of our top 101 have come from other countries, so we’re on track to becoming truly international. We hope to see you here next year.