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As our annual award grows with over 3800 entries this year, so does the range and diversity of subjects, locations and styles. Landscape photography is a powerful medium, even more so when we acknowledge the impact of climate change and our footprint on this Earth.

So, should landscape photography highlight the global challenges that lie ahead if we don’t change our ways, or is it an opportunity to create a landscape of the imagination, perhaps a better place to be?

Fortunately, there isn’t a single answer to this and similar questions and each photographer is entitled to follow their own path. All we’re looking for is an engaging image – and images that communicate something seem to gain more attention.

The International Landscape Photographer of the Year Award 2020 again presents 101 incredible landscape photographs with a truly international flavour, representing photographers and locations from all around the world.

The Award has two main prizes. The Photograph of the Year is awarded to the best single landscape photograph, while to be named International Landscape PhotographER of the Year requires a set of four amazing images. The latter is our main prize, acknowledging the additional skill and artistry required to produce a portfolio of landscape photographs.

While our prizes are attractive, of initial importance for most entrants is to earn a place in the book, to present one of the top 101 landscape photographs of the year.

Although not an official part of the competition, we know that entrants like to know how they went and what the cut-off score was to get into the Top 101. There were 3,881 entries and to be sure you were included in the book, the minimum score required for this year was 85.4%.

This year, entrants will receive an email with their scores, or they can log into their account to see their results. Please keep in mind that some entries that scored the same or over the cut-off might not be included in the Top 101 because you already have four entries included, or you have another entry included that is similar in content or approach, or (in rare cases), there was a tie-break and the judges didn't select your entry on this occasion (sorry).

 

So, who are the prize winners? Here they are – but check out the flipbook below to see the Top 101 as well!

The International Landscape Photographer of the Year 2020
Kelvin Yuen, Hong Kong

The International Landscape Photographer of the Year 2020 - Second Place
Joshua Snow, United States

The International Landscape Photographer of the Year 2020 - Third Place
Isabella Tabacchi, Italy

The International Landscape Photograph of the Year 2020
Kai Hornung, Germany

The International Landscape Photograph of the Year 2020 - Second Place
Dipanjan Pal, India

The International Landscape Photograph of the Year 2020 - Third Place
Chance Allred, United States

The Dark & Moody  Award 2020
Grant Galbraith, Australia

The Amazing Aerial Award 2020
Gheorghe Popa, Romania

The Snow & Ice Award 2020
Hong Jen Chiang, Taiwan

The Night Sky Award 2020
Himadri Bhuyan, India

The Incredible Horizon Award 2020
Evan Will, Canada

Each of the prize winners will receive a hard copy of the annual awards book, compliments of our sponsor Momento Pro. And each of the five special awards will receive a beautifully presented print of their photograph, courtesy of our second sponsor, Created for Life.

The International Landscape Photographer of the Year Award is curated and presented by Peter Eastway and David Evans. We hope you enjoy the results of the 2020 awards.

Update: Blogger and vlogger Mike Smith (BoxHeadMike) has posted a great review of the 2020 awards and we like the way he approaches competitions. If you're interested, you can view his presentation here:

Preliminary Layout for the Top 101 for 2020! (Pls check your details if you're included!))

About the Preliminary Layout Above ....

1. Before we produce the final/paper version of the book, we will have it proofread and double-checked - this is the usual process. However, if you have a photo included, please check your own details and let us know if there are any issues.

2. The precise colour and contrast you see in the flipbook above is not the same as the actual PDF or the printed book. To produce the flipbook format, changes to the presentation of the file slightly degrade the image quality. To see the book correctly, download the PDF and view in Acrobat Reader on your device.

2. If there's a black square above, refresh your browser for the book to load.

OUR EXPERIENCED JUDGING TEAM

DAVID BURNETT

Co-Founder of
Contact Press Images

KAYE DAVIS

NZIPP Grand Master of Photography

JIM M. GOLDSTEIN

Professional & Fine Art Photographer

TIM PARKIN

Landscape photographer,
On Landscape Magazine Editor

OLEG ERSHOV

2019 International Landscape Photographer of the Year

PETER EASTWAY

Head Judge, AIPP Grand Master of Photography

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EVERYONE SHOOTS GOOD PHOTOS, BUT HOW ABOUT FOUR OF THEM?

INTERNATIONAL LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHER

OF THE YEAR

It takes a practised eye and skill in post-production to consistently produce good work. And while in no way demeaning the achievement of capturing the overall International Landscape Photograph of the Year, let’s take a closer look at who is creating the best body of work. The International Landscape PhotographER of the Year, whether an enthusiast or a professional entrant, recognises the skill and discipline to create a portfolio of images that stands above the work of your peers.

2019 INTERNATIONAL LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR: OLEG ERSHOV (Cropped image)

2018 INTERNATIONAL LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR: ADAM GIBBS (Cropped image)

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THERE ARE 101 LANDSCAPE IMAGES IN THE BOOK, BUT ONLY ONE

INTERNATIONAL LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPH

OF THE YEAR

Competitions are not perfect and with so many great landscape photographs (101 to be exact), being the overall winner, the top dog, the big prize winner, is going to need a little bit of luck. Nevertheless, that shouldn’t stop us from aspiring to be chosen by our panel of esteemed judges as the best of the best, the single most impressive landscape photograph of the past 12 months. Open to both amateurs and professionals!

2018 INTERNATIONAL LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPH OF THE YEAR: PAUL MARCELLINI (Cropped image)

2017 INTERNATIONAL LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPH OF THE YEAR: MAX RIVES (original cropped)

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